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Zheng YAN, PhD

Huashan Distinguished Professor


School of Cyber Engineering

Hangzhou Institute of Technology

The State Key Lab of ISN

Xidian University, China

Research Interests
  1. Information security and privacy
  2. Trust modeling and management, trusted computing
  3. Cloud computing security, trust and privacy
  4. 5G/6G security, trust and privacy 
  5. Security related data analytics
  6. AI trust
  7. Blockchain and its applications
  8. Trustworthy software
Contact Information

Address: 266 Xinglong Section of Xifeng Road, Xi’an, Shaanxi 710126, China

Email: zyan@xidian.edu.cn


Dr. Zheng Yan is currently a Huashan distinguished professor at the Xidian University, China. She is a Fellow of IEEE, IET, AAIA, and AIIA. She received the B. Eng in electrical engineering and M. Eng in computer science and engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University in 1994 and 1997. She received a second M. Eng in information security from National University of Singapore in 2000. She earned the Licentiate of Science and the Doctor of Science in Technology in electrical engineering from Helsinki University of Technology in 2005 and 2007. She joined the Nokia Research Center, Helsinki in 2000, working as a senior researcher until 2011. She worked as a visiting professor and a Finnish Academy Fellow at the Aalto University, Finland for over seven years.

Her research interests are in cyber trust, security, privacy, and data analytics. She has led 30+ projects, sponsored by EU, Academy of Finland, NSFC, MOST, telecom industry, etc. At the helm of a research team with 60+ members, she has supervised 160+ post-doctoral researchers and graduates. She has authored 390+ publications, with 260+ first and corresponding authorships, featured prominently in top-tier venues. Ten of them are top 0.1% or 1% highly-cited ESI papers. She is the sole author of two books on trust management, utilized in teaching for a decade. 130+ patents (including 73 independent inventions) invented by her have been adopted by industry, a few of them have been incorporated into international standards and widely used in practice with billions of users. She has delivered 40+ invited keynote speeches and talks at international conferences and world-leading companies. Her Google Scholar citation is more than 15,000 with an H-index of 63,

Zheng served and is serving as an area/associate/guest editor for 60+ reputable journals, e.g., executive EiC of Information Sciences, associate editor of ACM Computing Surveys, area editor of Information Fusion. She is a steering committee member of several conferences, a general/program chair for 30+ international conferences. She is a founding steering committee co-chair of IEEE International Conference on Blockchain, which becomes a leading venue in the field.

Dr. Yan is recognized as a Stanford World Top 2% Scientist since 2019 and an Elsevier Highly Cited Chinese Researcher since 2020. She has earned many accolades, including Distinguished Inventor of Nokia for significant technology contributions, N²Women Star in Computer Networking and Communications, IEEE TCSC Award for Excellence in Scalable Computing, ELEC Impact Award for patent contributions to Finnish society, the Best Journal Paper Award issued by IEEE ComSoc and several other Best Paper awards, 18 times IEEE Distinguished/Outstanding Leadership/Service awards, three EU awards, Excellent PhD Dissertation Supervisor Award of Chinese Society of Electronic Education, Shaanxi Nature Science Prize, etc. Her students have been rewarded more than 50 national or international awards. Her excellence has been covered by the media on numerous occasions.