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Prof. Heng Yin 

te Professor

Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Syracuse University

Office: CST 4-283
Email: heyin (AT) syr (DOT) edu
Tel: 1-315-443-2483
Fax: 1-315-443-2583

Brief Biography

I am an associate professor in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Syracuse University. I am a recipient of 2011 NSF CAREER award. My research interests lie in computer security. In particular, I'm endeavoring to develop new program analysis and virtualization techniques and applying these techniques to improve computer and software security. I am interested in the following research topics:
  • Malware Detection and Analysis
  • Vulnerability and Exploit Analysis
  • Memory Forensic Analysis
  • Mobile Application Security
  • Virtualization Security
If you are interested in system security research, please stop by or drop me an email. Check my Calendar before you want to make an appointment with me.

Job Openings

I have several RA openings available immediately. If you have strong programming skills (e.g., C/C++, Java, etc.) and have good understanding about operating systems (e.g., Linux, Windows, Android, iOS, etc.), please send me your CV. If you like to have a face-to-face meeting, an appointment is required!

I have a postdoc position immediately available. If you are interested and have strong publication records in security, systems, or programming language, please send me your CV. 

Recent Announcements

  • I am moving to UC Riverside I have accepted a tenured associate professor position in the department of Computer Science & Engineering at UC Riverside, starting this fall. I will enjoy the sunshine in southern California, but may occasionally miss the snow in Syracuse. 
    Posted May 20, 2016, 8:12 AM by Heng Yin
  • Mu Zhang received All University Doctoral Prize Mu Zhang, the third PhD graduated from my lab, received All University Doctoral Prize. Congratulations! It is noteworthy that all three PhD graduates (including Lok, Aravind and Mu) from this lab have been awarded this prize. 
    Posted Apr 14, 2016, 8:22 PM by Heng Yin
  • Public web service for DroidSIFT is up We have just launched a web service for DroidSIFT. It is a free classification service for Android malware. The technical details are presented in our CCS'14 paper. Please give a try by visiting https://haven.syr.edu:3000/. It is still in experimental phase, so please contact us if you encounter any technical issues. In the future, we will launch more public services for other security analysis techniques created in our lab. 
    Posted Jan 28, 2016, 8:23 PM by Heng Yin
  • New DARPA award to build resource adaptive software systems I received a new award from DARPA to build resource adaptive software systems. This is a 4-year project led by Raytheon BBN. My role in this project is to develop whole-system program analysis techniques to automatically discover changes in libraries, middleware, system software, hardware resources, etc. that would cause deviant program behaviors. This is an essential step for building resource adaptive software systems. 
    Posted Nov 17, 2015, 1:19 PM by Heng Yin
  • A study on PDF malware is accepted by NDSS'16 Owing to the popularity of the PDF format, and the continued exploitation of Adobe Reader, the detection of malicious PDFs remains a concern. All existing detection techniques rely on the PDF parser to a certain extent. The complexity of PDF documents leaves an abundant space for parser confusion attacks. We conduct a systematic study on this new evasion technique. To enable this study, we create a reference JavaScript extractor by directly tapping into Adobe Reader, and identify tap points through a mostly automatic binary analysis technique. By comparing the output of this reference extractor against that of several open-source JavaScript extractors on a large data set obtained from VirusTotal, we are able to identify hundreds of samples which existing ...
    Posted Oct 23, 2015, 11:33 AM by Heng Yin
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