Data Security and Privacy (DataSec) Lab

For highly-motivated students (Ph.D./M.Sc./Undergraduate) and visiting students/scholars, if you are interested in the research on Privacy, Security and AI, especially their intersections, please send an email to Dr. Hong (yuan.hong AT

Summary of Selected Publications by DataSec Lab (Since 2018)

  • Top Security and Privacy Conferences and Journals: Oakland 1, CCS 2, PETS 1, TDSC 2, TIFS 3, TOPS 1
  • Other Major CS Conferences and Journals: EMNLP 1, AAMAS 2, ICDCS 2, EDBT 1, CIKM 1, TKDE 1

Ph.D. Students

  • Bingyu Liu (2017-)
    • Research Insterests: Secure Multiparty Computation, TEE, Differential Privacy, Incentive Compatibility
    • B.Sc. University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, M.Sc., Illinois Tech
  • Han Wang (2018-)
    • Research Insterests: Differential Privacy, Local Differential Privacy
    • B.E. WIT, M.Sc., Huazhong University of Science and Technology
  • Shangyu Xie (2018-)
    • Research Insterests: Secure Multiparty Computation, AI Security, Differential Privacy
    • B.Sc. (IEEE Honor Class), Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Shuya Feng (Co-advised with Dr. Maggie Cheng; 2020-)
    • Research Insterests: Blockchain Security and Privacy
    • B.Sc., Harbin Institute of Technology, M.Sc., Illinois Tech
  • Hanbin Hong (2021-)
    • Research Insterests: Adversarial Machine Learning
    • B.Sc. (Qian Xuesen Honor Science), Xi'an Jiaotong University
  • Hugo Trivino (2021-; Part-time Ph.D.)
    • Research Insterests: Privacy
    • B.Sc., M.Sc., Illinois Tech
    • Cyber Security Analyst in Industry

Graduated Ph.D. Students

  • Meisam Mohammady (Co-advised with Dr. Lingyu Wang, 2016-2020)
    • Research Interests: Differential Privacy, Property-Preserving Encryption
    • Recipient of Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Prize (Engineering and Natural Science)
    • Research Scientist in Privacy at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia

M.Sc. Students

  • Jayashree Sherma
  • Laureline Dubucq

Undergraduate Students

  • Truong Pham
  • Mario Morales: Security Analyst in Accenture

Research Sponsors (Acknowledgement of Support)



  • Zhenyu Meng (M.Sc. in IIT): now Ph.D. Student in University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Jingyu Sun (M.Sc. in IIT): now Software Engineer
  • Dr. Lan Yao (Visited in 2018 and 2019): Associate Professor, Northeastern University, China
  • Li Xu (M.Sc. in IIT): now Software Engineer in Nvidia
  • Ersin Dincelli (Ph.D. partially worked with Yuan): now Assistant Professor at University of Colorado at Denver
  • Nicholas Rizzo (Undergraduate RA-SUNY STEM): now Ph.D. in Cybersecurity and Security Specialist
  • Daniel Ziokowski (Undergraduate RA-SUNY STEM): KPMG
  • Nicole Ganz (Undergradudate RA-Honor Thesis): Risk Analyst in PwC
  • Other Undergraduate Students in Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics: Valecia Stocchetti, Brett Schenkel, Louis Smith, Pete McCarran, Faith Mills, Asif Mahamud, Jesus Arenas, Jillian Stella, Ryan Foster, Lance Porter, Rosa Bautista, Kaitlyn Kelly, Nichole Pinto, Hannah Kabir, David Lin, Chris Prince, Christina D'Antonio, etc. [First Class Graduated in 2016, SUNY-Albany Media Report]

Useful Links

Top Security/Privacy Conferences and Journals: S&P/Oakland, CCS, USENIX SEC, NDSS, TDSC, TIFS, TOPS, PETS [Deadlines]

Top DB Conferences and Journals: SIGMOD, VLDB, ICDE, EDBT/ICDT, TODS, TKDE


LaTex: MikTEX, TeXstudio, LaTex Manual, .eps in LaTex

Bibliography: DBLP, Google Scholar, IEEE XPlore, ACM Search, LNCS

Calendar and Newsgroup: Cipher Calendar, DBWorld

Illinois Tech: Library, IIT Microgrid