Qiben Yan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Michigan State University. Prior to joining MSU, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. From 2014 to 2015, he worked in a cybersecurity startup company, 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 Internet-of-Things security, mobile security and privacy, wireless networking security, and 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; Next generation wireless and spectrum security

Mobile Security

Mobile system security; Mobile malware detection; Mobile Apps security analysis; Mobile privacy.

Network Security

Wireless networking security; Intrusion detection.

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.



THINK Lab - Cybersecurity and THreat INtelligence Lab


Recent Publications


Ph.D. RA/TA openings:

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: IoT security, 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 AI/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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