Faculty Directory
Yan Chen


Ph.D. Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley, CA

M.S. Computer Science, State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY

B.E. Computer Engineering, Zhejiang University, P.R. China

Research Interests

My research interests are in security, measurement, and diagnosis for networking and large-scale distributed systems. I lead the Northwestern LIST (Lab for Internet and Security Technology). I won the DOE Early CAREER Award in 2005, the DOD (Air Force of Scientific Research) Young Investigator Award in 2007, and the Most Influential Paper Award of ACM ASPLOS in 2018. Based on Google Scholar (papers from different authors with the same names are removed), my papers have been cited about 15,000 times, and the h-index of my publications is 57 as of Dec. 2022. I am a Fellow of IEEE.

Selected Publications

  • Yang, Runqing; Chen, Xutong; Xu, Haitao; Cheng, Yueqiang; Xiong, Chunlin; Ruan, Linqi; Kavousi, Mohammad; Li, Zhenyuan; Xu, Liheng; Chen, Yan, RATScope, IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing (2022).
  • Xiong, Chunlin; Zhu, Tiantian; Dong, Weihao; Ruan, Linqi; Yang, Runqing; Cheng, Yueqiang; Chen, Yan; Cheng, Shuai; Chen, Xutong, Conan, IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing (2022).
  • Xiong, Chunlin; Li, Zhenyuan; Chen, Yan; Zhu, Tiantian; Wang, Jian; Yang, Hai; Ruan, Wei, 通用、 有效且轻量的PowerShell解混淆和语义敏感的攻击检测方法, Frontiers of Information Technology and Electronic Engineering (2022).
  • Zhu, Tiantian; Weng, Zhengqiu; Song, Qijie; Chen, Yuan; Liu, Qiang; Chen, Yan; Lv, Mingqi; Chen, Tieming, EspialCog, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (2022).
  • Zhu, Tiantian; Wang, Jiayu; Ruan, Linqi; Xiong, Chunlin; Yu, Jinkai; Li, Yaosheng; Chen, Yan; Lv, Mingqi; Chen, Tieming, General, Efficient, and Real-Time Data Compaction Strategy for APT Forensic Analysis, IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security 16:3312-3325 (2021).
  • Zhu, Tiantian; Fu, Lei; Liu, Qiang; Lin, Zi; Chen, Yan; Chen, Tieming, One Cycle Attack, IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security 16:553-568 (2021).
  • Li, Zhenyuan; Chen, Qi Alfred; Yang, Runqing; Chen, Yan; Ruan, Wei, Threat detection and investigation with system-level provenance graphs, Computers and Security 106 (2021).
  • Hou, Kaiyu; Li, You; Yu, Yinbo; Chen, Yan; Zhou, Hai, Discovering emergency call pitfalls for cellular networks with formal methods, Association for Computing Machinery, Inc:296-309 (2021).