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Si Chen

Assistant Professor

Department of Computer Science

25 University Ave. | Room 142

West Chester, PA 19383

tel: 610-436-6998 | fax: 610-436-3530

About Me

I am a tenure-Track Assistant Professor in the Computer Science department at the West Chester University of Pennsylvania. I graduated from University at Buffalo - SUNY in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering under the supervision of Dr. Kui Ren.
My research interest broadly focuses on exploring the novel ideas and techniques to solve practical problems and security issues for mobile sensing and cyber-physical systems. In the context of mobile sensing systems, I am interested in smartphone-enabled crowdsourcing approaches that can help build large-scale information infrastructures conveniently at a very low cost. I also study cyber-physical system security from the physical layer, leveraging various related characteristics to enable inherently secure and dependable wireless communications.
In my spare time, I actively participate volunteer computing projects to power cutting-edge research in health, poverty, and sustainability:

My research on voice hacking has been featured in:

Recent publications and pre-prints

Honors and Awards

  • Best Student Paper Award, IEEE ICDCS, 2017
  • WCU Outstanding Faculty Recipients, 2016-2017
  • WCU Research in Mathematics and the Sciences (RIMS) Award, 2016-2017
  • Microsoft Research Azure Research Grant for "CrowdMap++: Reconstruction of Context-Rich Building Floorplan via Mobile Crowdsourcing", 2016
  • The 19th Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking (ACM Mobicom’13) App Competition Finalists (Video), 2013
  • Student Travel Grant Awards, IEEE ICDCS, 2015
  • Top 100 Excellent Graduate Theses in China Agricultural University, 2010
  • Excellent Graduate Award in China Agricultural University, 2010
  • National University Student Innovation Program Award, 2009-2010
  • Undergraduate Research Program Award, 2007-2008
  • Third Prize of International Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling (ICM), 2009
  • Third Prize of Scholarship for Excellent Academic Performance, 2007, 2008, 2009
  • Awarded “The best debater” title in debate competitions, 2006, 2007


    Professional Service:
  • "Wireless Network Security" Session Chair for Milcom 2017
  • "IoT Device Security" Session Chair for Milcom 2016
  • Technical Program Committee (TPC) for Milcom 2017, 2016
  • Conference Reviewer for MobiHoc'18 (External), IMWUT'17 (Ubicomp), ICNC'17 CIS, Milcom 2016, AsiaCCS'16, ICCCN’16, ACM CCS’15, ICDCS’15, ESORICS’15, AsiaCCS’15, Cloud’15, ICCCN’15, DBSec’15, CoudCom’15, ACM CHI’15, CloudNet’15, ISC’15, Securecomm’15, IEEE MSN’15, IPCCC’15, INFOCOM’14, ACM CCS’14, ICDCS’14, ESORICS’14, ICNP’14, AisaCCS’14, MobiHoc’14, CNS’14, CloudNet’14,DBSec’14, SecureComm’14.
  • Journal Reviewer for MDPI Sensor, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (TMC), IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing​ (TDSC), IEEE JSAC Special Issue on “Human-In-The-Loop Mobile Networks” (JSAC-HMN), IEEE Internet of Things Journal, Special Issue of Vehicular Communications on “Vehicular Cloud Networking” (VEHCOM 2016), IEEE Trans. on Parallel and Distributed Systems, IEEE Trans. on Services Computing, IEEE Trans. on Smart Grid, IEEE Trans. on Vehicular Technology, IEEE Trans. on Wireless Communications, IEEE Security & Privacy magazine, IEEE Network Magazine, Journal of Computer Security, Journal of Mobile Communication, Computation and Information, Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing.
  • Web chair for the 27th IEEE Annual Computer Communications Workshop (CCW’13).
    University Service:
  • Advisor for WCU Computer Science Club (link)
  • Coach for ACM ICPC Programming Competition. (link)
  • Co-Advisor for Bin Lu Women in Computer Science Club (link)


    Spring 2018:
  • CSC 495/583: Advanced Topics in Computer Security [Course Website]
    Fall 2017:
  • CSC 530: Data Structures
  • CSC 495/583: Topics in Software Security [Course Website]
  • CSC 141: Computer Science I -- Introduction to Java Programming
    Spring 2017:
  • CSC 141: Computer Science I -- Introduction to Java Programming
  • CSC 142: Computer Science II -- Java Programming
  • CSC 115: Introduction to Computer Programming
    Fall 2016:
  • CSC 588: Wireless Programming and Security
  • CSC 495: Cloud-assisted Mobile Sensing System [Final Project]
  • CSC 110: Fundamentals of Computer Science
  • CSC 141: Computer Science I -- Introduction to Java Programming