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Dr. Yuan Hong is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Illinois Institute of Technology since 2017. He jointly establishes and directs the new Cybersecurity program at Illinois Tech. He received the NSF CAREER Award in 2021. Prior to joining IIT, he was an Assistant Professor at SUNY-Albany and one of the founding faculty members of the Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity programs. He received his Ph.D degree from Rutgers University in 2014. He also received his M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, and Beijing Institute of Technoloy, respectively. He received a National Physics Olympiad prize in China.

He is broadly interested in Data Privacy (e.g., differential privacy, secure multiparty computation, and TEE), AI Security (e.g., adversarial learning, and certified defenses), Mechanism Design and Optimization. He regularly publishes papers in major conferences and journals in the above areas, including security venues (e.g., CCS, PETS, TDSC, TIFS and TOPS), data/AI and system venues (e.g., AAMAS, CIKM, EDBT, ICDM, ICDCS and TKDE), and interdisciplinary venues (e.g., TEM, T-ITS, TMIS, Operational Research, and Optimization Letters). He is a Senior Member of the IEEE (2018), and his research is supported by the NSF, AFOSR, WISER, and POP.


  • [04/2021] A paper on privacy and utility preserving data outsourcing (generalized framework for a variety of datasets) is accepted to TKDE. Congrats, Shangyu, Meisam and Han
  • [04/2021] Shangyu will be an Applied Scientist Intern at Amazon Research in Summer 2021. Congrats, Shangyu
  • [04/2021] A poster paper on TEE-Blockchain for Auction is accepted to ICDCS'21. Congrats, Bingyu
  • [03/2021] Yuan receives the NSF CAREER Award (very grateful to NSF for the generous support) [University News]
  • [Recent TPC] AAAI'21, DASFAA'21, AAMAS'21, CCGRID'21, CVPR'21, ICCV'21, ICLR-DPML'21, DBSEC'21, PETS'21, PETS'22
  • [01/2021] A paper on privacy preserving cloud-based DNN inference is accepted to ICASSP'21. Congrats, Shangyu and Bingyu
  • [11/2020] A paper on multi-view approach to anonymizing network traces is accepted to TOPS (formerly TISSEC). Congrats, Meisam
  • [11/2020] Congratuations to Dr. Meisam Mohammady on sucessfully defending his Ph.D. dissertation (Won the Distinguished Doctoral Thesis Prize), and he will work as a Research Scientist at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia
  • [10/2020] Yuan will teach CS549 Cryptography in Spring 2021
  • [08/2020] A paper on attacking system log parsers (adversarial ML) is accepted to CIKM'20. Congrats, Jingyu and Bingyu
  • [06/2020] A paper on optimizing the randomization for differential privacy (DP) is accepted to CCS'20. Congrats, Meisam and Shangyu
  • [06/2020] A paper on identifying visual privacy attributes (ML for Privacy) is accepted to ICPR'20. Congrats, Hanbin
  • [05/2020] A paper on differential privacy (DP) for video analysis is accepted to PETS'20. Congrats, Han and Shangyu
  • [04/2020] Yuan will give a tutorial on data privacy in DGO'20 (Digtal Government Research)
  • [04/2020] Yuan will teach CS528 Data Privacy and Security in Fall 2020
  • [03/2020] A paper on real-time privacy preserving energy trading system (MPC) is accepted to ICDCS'20. Congrats, Shangyu and Han

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