To Perspective Students and Postdocs

  • Yes-Lab, led by Prof. Yanfang (Fanny) Ye at the University of Notre Dame, is a team consisting of faculty, post-docs and students with research focuses of cybersecurity, data mining, machine learning and health intelligence. We very enjoy finding novel yet elegant solutions to resolve real-world problems that generate high impacts. Integrating humanity and technology, our long-term goal of research is to advance capabilities and trustworthiness of artificial intelligence (AI) to provide state-of-the-art innovations to secure cyberspace for its users and to improve the health and well-being of people around the world.
  • I am currently looking for multiple Ph.D. students and Postdocs doing supervised research or independent study with me in the CSE department at Notre Dame. If you are a well motivated and dedicated student pursuing a Ph.D. degree or postdoc related to the areas of cybersecurity, data mining, machine learning, and health intelligence, please send me an email with your CV.


My Students and Postdocs

  • Current Students and Postdocs

     Shifu Hou (Postdoc, Summer 2022 -- )
     Research Area: Cybersecurity, Data Mining, Machine Learning

     Fangtian Zhong (Postdoc, Fall 2022 -- )
     Research Area: Mobile Security, System Security, Machine Learning

     Yiming Zhang (Ph.D. Student, Fall 2016 -- Fall 2022)
     Research Area: Data Mining, Cybersecurity, Health Intelligence

     Yiyue Qian (Ph.D. Student, Fall 2019 -- )
     Research Area: Data Mining, Cybersecurity, Health Intelligence

     Hadeel Almaimani (Ph.D. Student, Fall 2019 -- )
     Research Area: Cybersecurity, Data Mining

     Mingxuan Ju (Ph.D. Student, Summer 2020 -- )
     Research Area: Machine Learning, Cybersecurity, Health Intelligence

     Qianlong Wen (Ph.D. Student, Fall 2020 -- )
     Research Area: Data Mining, Machine Learning, Health Intelligence

     Zhongyu Ouyang (Ph.D. Student, Fall 2021 -- )
     Research Area: Data Mining, Machine Learning, Health Intelligence

     Tianyi Ma (Ph.D. Student, Summer 2022 -- )
     Research Area: Machine Learning, Cybersecurity, Health Intelligence

     Chia-yi Su (Ph.D. Student, Fall 2022 -- )
     Research Area: Data Mining, Machine Learning, Health Intelligence

     Shang Ma (Ph.D. Student, Fall 2022 -- )
     Research Area: Cybersecurity, Machine Learning

     Haoran Chen (Ph.D. Student, Fall 2022 -- )
     Co-advisor: Prof. Toby Li
     Research Area: Cybersecurity, Human-Computer Interaction

  • Graduated Students and Postdocs

     Jianfei Zhang (Post-doc, Fall 2019 -- Fall 2020)
     Research Area:Data Mining, Machine Learning, Health Intelligence
     CIKM 2021 Best Paper Award (Full Paper Track)
     Current Employment: Research Associate, University of Sherbrooke, Canada, Summer 2022-.
     Previous Employment: Research Associate, University of Alberta, Canada, Spring 2021-Spring 2022.

     Yujie Fan (Ph.D., May 2022)
     Research Area: Machine Learning, Cybersecurity, Health Intelligence
     Ph.D. Dissertation: Heterogeneous Graph Representation Learning: Techniques and Applications
     Current Employment: Research Scientist, Visa Research, Palo Alto, US, Summer 2022-.

     Shifu Hou (Ph.D., June 2022; MS, June 2019)
     Research Area: Mobile Security, Data Mining, Machine Learning
     SIGKDD 2017 Best Paper Award and  Best Student Paper Award (ADS Track)
     Ph.D. Dissertation: AI-driven Techniques for Malware and Malicious Code Detection
     MS Thesis: Automatic Detection of Insecure Code Snippets in Stack Overflow
     Current Employment: Postdoc, University of Notre Dame, Summer 2022-.

     Lingwei Chen (Ph.D., May 2019)
     Research Area: Cybersecurity, Data Mining, Machine Learning
     IEEE EISIC 2017 Best Paper Award
     Ph.D. Dissertation: Enhancing Security of Machine Learning-based Malware Detection at Feature & Model Levels
     Current Employment: Assistant Professor (TT), Wright State University, Summer 2021-.

     Qian Peng (Master, April 2022)
     Research Area: Machine Learning, Cybersecurity
     MS Thesis: Heterogeneous Graph Neural Network for Key Player Identification in Underground Forums
     Current Employment: Software Engineer, China Intl. Capital Corp., Beijing, Summer 2022-.

     Shiyu Sun (Master, June 2021)
     Research Area: Data Mining, Health Intelligence
     Current Employment: PhD Student (GRA), George Mason University, Fall 2021-.

     Yiming Zhang (Master, December 2018)
     Research Area: Data Mining, Cybersecurity, Health Intelligence
     MS Thesis: Using Social Media to Combat Opioid Epidemic
     Current Employment: PhD Student (GRA), Case Western Reserve University, Fall 2019-.

     Jian Liu (Master, June 2018 )
     Research Area: Cybersecurity, Machine Learning
     MS Thesis: Automatic Detection of Cybercrime-suspected Threads in Online Underground Forums
     Current Employment: PhD Student (GRA), University of South Carolina, Fall 2018-.

  •  Sai Ram Nellutla (Master, December 2015)
     Research Area: Data Mining, Smart Devices
     MS Thesis: A Safety Support System for Children's Anti-loss
     Current Employment: Software Engineer, M*Modal, Pittsburgh, PA

     Madhusudhan Reddy Boddu (MS, March 2017)
     Current Employment: MongoDB Developer, Amazon, Silicon Valley

     Sai Venkata Akhil Thammineni (MS, November 2017)

     Srinivas Garapati (MS, October 2017)

     Utsav Kirtikumar Upadhyay (MS, September 2017)

      Alex Finkelstein (BS, May 2015)

     Dominique Amos (BS, December 2015)

     Joshua Suess (BS, May 2015)

     Kevin Hao (BS, May 2015)

     Michael Hite (BS, May 2015)

     Jacob Sutton (BS, May 2015)

     Sam Wood (BS, May 2015)

     Reem AL Alshikh (BS, May 2015)

     Zainab Alamri (BS, May 2015)

  • Former Students

     Jianan Zhao (Ph.D. Student, Fall 2020 -- Summer 2022)
     Research Area: Data Mining, Machine Learning

     Aaron Saas (Ph.D. Student, Fall 2016 -- Summer 2019)
     Research Area: Mobile Security, Data Mining

     Madhuri Siddula (Ph.D. Student, Spring 2015 - Summer 2016 )
     Research Area: Data Mining, Construction Safety

     William B. Hardy (MS Student, Spring 2015 - Summer 2017)
     Research Area: Cybersecurity, Data Mining
     Current Employment: Google