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Dong Chen

Assistant Professor

Dr. Dong Chen received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering in May 2018 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Before that, he completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science in July 2014 from Northeastern University, China. His research focuses on building data-driven computer systems with a particular emphasis on sustainability, system security, and data privacy of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), such as smart homes, smart grid, smart transportation, and smart cities. His research has been spanning multiple technical fields, including machine learning, deep learning, image processing, and privacy implication. His work was published at top CS conferences like IPSN’20, MASS’19, ICDCS’18, BuildSys’18, BigData’17, BuildSys’16, and Percom’14. In addition, his work on smart energy and smart home data analytics has been applied to real-world applications, which he has made publicly available.

Honors and Awards
  • ACM Travel e-Energy Grant, 2017
  • ACM Sigmetrics/performance Travel Grant, 2017
  • New Entering Doctoral Student Fellowship, UMass Amherst, 2014
  • Best University Ph.D. Dissertation, NEU China, in 2014
  • National Graduate Scholarship, from the Ministry of Education, China, 2013
  • Academic Researcher Award for Doctoral Candidates, from Ministry of Education, China, 2011
Research and Educational Interests
  • Building data-driven computer systems with a particular emphasis on sustainability
  • System Security
  • Data privacy of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), such as smart homes, smart grid, smart transportation, and smart cities
Background Education

2018 Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst
2014 Ph.D., Computer Science, Northeastern University (China)

Professional Activities
  • NSF Panelist, 2019, 2020
  • Chair for IEEE BigDataCPS’20, IEEE BigDataCPS’19
  • Program Committee Member and Reviewer for ~20 top tier conferences and ~30 journals
Professional Experience

2018 – Present Time: Assistant Professor, School of Computing and Information Sciences, Florida International University

Selected Publications
  1. “Private Memoirs of IoT Devices: Safeguarding User Privacy in the IoT Era.”
    Dong Chen, Phuthipong Bovornkeeratiroj, David Irwin and Prashant Shenoy
    In Proc. of the 38th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS’18), July 2 – 5, 2018, Vienna, Austria.
  2. “Weatherman: Exposing Weather-based Privacy Threats in Big Energy Data.”
    Dong Chen, David Irwin.
    In Proceedings of 2017 IEEE International Conference on Big Data (BigData’17), Boston, MA, USA, Dec 11-14, 2017.
  3. “SunDance: Black-box Behind-the-Meter Solar Disaggregation. ”
    Dong Chen, David Irwin.
    In Proceedings of the eighth ACM International Conference on Future Energy Systems (e-Energy’17), Hongkong, 2017.
  4. “SunSpot: Exposing the Location of Anonymous Solar-powered Homes.”
    Dong Chen, Srinivasan Iyengar, David Irwin, Prashant Shenoy.
    In Proceedings of the 2016 ACM International Conference on Systems for Energy-Efficient Built Environments (BuildSys’16), Stanford, CA, USA, 2016.
  5. “Combined Heat and Privacy: Preventing Occupancy Detection from Smart Meters.”
    Dong Chen, David Irwin, Prashant Shenoy, Jeannie Albrecht.
    In Proceedings of the 12th IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications (Percom’14), Budapest, Hungary, 2014.
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