Yan Sun, Ph. D.
University of Rhode Island
Understanding Cascading Failures in the U.S. Power Grid and Theoretical Foundation of Building Trust in Distributed Networks
Yan (Lindsay) Sun received her B.S. degree with the highest honor from Peking University in 1998, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Maryland in 2004. She joined the University of Rhode Island in 2004, where she is currently an associate professor in the department of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering.
Dr. Sun's research interests include trustworthy social computing, wireless network security, and security in biomedical systems. She is the director of Network Security and Trust (NEST) Laboratories at the University of Rhode Island. Her recent research projects include developing trust quantification and establishment framework, defending trust management vulnerabilities, designing securing routing protocols in mobile ad hoc networks, securing online rating systems, and modeling user behaviors in online social networks. Dr. Sun is one of the three founding members of the Laboratory for Integrating Neuron and Cyber (LINC), which is funded by a $1.38M NSF award. Dr. Sun's research aims improving reliability and security of artificial legs and ensuring safety of amputees. Dr. Sun recently received the best paper award at the IEEE International Conference on Social Computing (SocialCom'10, acceptance ratio <11%). She was the recipient of NSF CAREER Award (2007).
Dr. Sun has served as co-chair of Trust, Reputation, Evidence and other Collaboration Know-how track at the 25th ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (ACM SAC) in 2009, publication chair at the 4th Annual Boston Area Architecture Workshop (BARC) in 2006, and local arrangement chair at IEEE International Workshop on Genomic Signal Processing and Statistics (Gensips) in 2005. She is an associate editor of Inside Signal Processing eNewsletter, a part of the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine since 2010. She is the guest editor of IEEE Signal Processing Magazine special issue on signal and information processing for social learning and networking (2010). She gave a tutorial on "Multimedia Social Networks: Behavior Dynamics, Security, and Beyond" at 2010 IEEE International Conferences on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP 2010).
She co-authored the book "Network-aware security for group communications" (Springer 2007). She has two pending U.S. Patents. She was the organizer of an online cyber competition that aimed collecting attack data from real human users and had attracted over 630 participants. Her research on securing online reputation systems was reported by several newspapers and online publications, including Providence Business News and ACM TechNews.