Qiben "Chi-Ben" Yan

Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Qiben

Department of Computer Science and Engineering
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Office: 109, Schorr Center
Phone: (402) 472-5075
Email: yan AT unl DOT edu
Public Key
THINK Lab - Cyber Security and THreat INtelligence Lab


Qiben “Chi-Ben” Yan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Prior to joining UNL, he worked in a cyber security startup company called Shape Security in the silicon valley, where he participated in building the first “botwall”. He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Virginia Tech, an M.S. and a B.S. degree in Electronic Engineering from Fudan University in Shanghai, China. His primary research interests are in wireless communications, mobile security and privacy, botnet and malware detection. He is particularly interested in building a data-driven secure network infrastructure - such as anomaly detection system, traffic monitoring and analysis system, attack resilient communication system - to provide security add-ons for the modern networks under cyber threat. He is always interested in problems that have potential real-world impact, and tries to bridge the gap between theory and practice.


Research areas:

IoT Security and Privacy: wireless physical-layer security; IoT device and platform security
Mobile Security: mobile malware detection; mobile Apps security analysis; mobile privacy

Recent News:

I am looking for highly motivated PhD students to join exciting research projects on network and cyber security research! Please email your CV, Transcripts, Publications (if any) to me for opportunities. Visiting/exchange scholars and students are also welcome to contact me.

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Below are some selected recent papers.

Journal Editorship

  • Editor, KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems, June 2015

  • Conference Program Committee (Selected)

  • IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM), 2016
  • IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) (AHSN symposium), 2015, 2016
  • IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference, 2014

  • Other

  • IEEE Member
  • NSF Panelist, 2015

  • Teaching




    Spring Fall
    2015 --- CSCE 477/877: Computer Security and Cryptography
  • This course introduces students to the basic computer security concepts and cryptography. Students will also learn computer and network attacks and defense, and case studies of the security mechanisms and architectures deployed in practical networks/systems. Topics include: basic security concepts; cryptography basics: secret key cryptography, hashes and message digests, public key cryptography; Authentication and public key infrastructure, security protocols and pitfalls, computer security: vulnerabilities and exposures, program security, operating system security.
  • 2016 CSCE 990: Wireless Security
  • The research seminar covers fundamental work and current topics of interest in network security. The current main topics of interests include: Internet security, wireless and mobile security, and security and privacy in emerging networks and systems.
  • CSCE 477/877: Computer Security and Cryptography
  • This course introduces students to the basic computer security concepts and cryptography. Students will also learn computer and network attacks and defense, and case studies of the security mechanisms and architectures deployed in practical networks/systems. Topics include: basic security concepts; cryptography basics: secret key cryptography, hashes and message digests, public key cryptography; Authentication and public key infrastructure, security protocols and pitfalls.
  • 2017 CSCE 990: Mobile and Wireless Security
  • The research seminar covers fundamental work and current topics of interest in mobile and wireless security. The current main topics of interests include: wireless security, mobile security, and security and privacy in emerging networks and IoT systems.
  • CSCE 477/877: Computer Security and Cryptography

    Ph.D. RA/TA openings:

    BBS Thread on 1point3acres Forum

    We are looking for self-motivated Ph.D. students to join our group, starting from either Spring or Fall. Students with either EE or CS major are welcome to apply. A successful candidate is expected to carry out research in one of the multiple areas: networking security and privacy, wireless and mobile security, wireless networking, botnet and malware research.

    Candidates are expected to have a solid background in wireless communications, networking, or mobile systems, and should possess a strong motivation towards academic excellence while preparing for years of concentrated research.

    Familiarity with some of the following knowledge is a big plus:

    - Designing and implementing mobile applications or wireless protocols, on experimental platforms such as software radios, smartphones, etc.
    - Modeling networks and mobile systems using machine learning algorithms, optimization algorithms, stochastic models, etc.
    - Background and research experience in security or cryptography.

    If you are interested in either position, please send your CV, PS, transcripts, TOEFL and GRE scores, and everything that you believe will help your application to Prof. Qiben Yan in one email.

    Visiting scholars:

    Visiting/exchange scholars and students who have matching interests and strong research backgrounds are welcome to contact Prof. Qiben Yan for inquiries about position availability.


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