Danfeng (Daphne) Yao

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation recognizes Danfeng (Daphne) Yao, an associate professor of computer science, for her research in cybersecurity. Yao designs methods and develops tools to ensure the runtime integrity of machines and programs.

photo of Scholar of the Week Danfeng (Daphne) YaoYao, a James E. Turner Jr. ’56 Faculty Fellow and an L-3 Faculty Fellow in the computer science department, focuses on securing complex computer programs in critical environments by using program behavior analysis and malware detection, ensuring the integrity of networked systems by using traffic anomaly detection and reasoning, and preserving the confidentiality of sensitive data by using data exfiltration detection.

Yao has broad experience working with system, network, and program security. She has managed major federal research and development projects, has published high-impact, award-winning research papers, has patented several security technologies, and has been involved in top computer security conferences and journals.

In 2013, Yao received a three-year, $450,000 grant from the Office of Naval Research for research on cyber security.

She received the NSF CAREER Award in 2010 for her work on human-behavior driven malware detection, and an ARO Young Investigator Award in 2014 for her semantic reasoning for mission-oriented security work. She received the College of Engineering ‘s Outstanding New Assistant Professor Award in 2012.

She has written 11 peer reviewed journal publications, 42 peer reviewed conference and workshop publications, and two book chapters.

Yao received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Peking University in China, a master's degree in chemistry from Princeton University, a master's degree in computer science from Indiana University, and a Ph.D. in computer science from Brown University.

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