Yunsi Fei

Professor,  Electrical and Computer Engineering
Northeastern Lead,  CHEST

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Office

  • 415 ISEC
  • 617.373.2039

Research Focus

Hardware-oriented security, computer architecture, embedded systems, design automation, IoT and cyber physical systems

About

Yunsi Fei received her BS and MS degrees in Electronic Engineering from Tsinghua University, China in 1997 and 1999, respectively, and her PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in 2004. She was a faculty member at University of Connecticut until Sept. 2011 when she joined the faculty of Northeastern University. She is presently a professor of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Northeastern, and also serves as the NU site director of an NSF IUCRC Center for Hardware and Embedded System Security and Trust (CHEST). Her research and educational activities have been spanning hardware security and trust, secure computer architecture and systems, energy-efficient embedded system design and optimization,  adaptive networking for underwater sensor networks, etc. She was a recipient of NSF CAREER award.

Education

  • PhD, Princeton University, 2004. Joined Northeastern in 2011.

Honors & Awards

  • 2015 COE Faculty Fellow
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award

Research Overview

Hardware-oriented security, computer architecture, embedded systems, design automation, IoT and cyber physical systems

Energy Efficient and Secure Systems Lab

These projects are in the area of hardware security, and involve deep learning as both computation tools and security target.

Energy Efficient and Secure Systems Lab

Selected Research Projects

  • Phase I IUCRC Northeastern University: Center for Hardware and Embedded System Security and Trust (CHEST)
    • – Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation
  • Protecting Confidentiality and Integrity of Deep Neural Networks against Side-Channel and Fault Attacks
    • – Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation
  • Automating Countermeasures and Security Evaluation Against Software Side-Channel Attacks
    • – Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation
  • Secure RISC-V Processor Design, Implementation, and Simulation
    • – Principal Investigator, CHEST Industry Fund
  • Analog Trojan Detection Circuits and Validation Methods
    • – Co-Principal Investigator, CHEST Industry Fund

Selected Publications

  • Z. Zhang, A.A. Ding, Y. Fei, A Fast and Accurate Guessing Entropy Estimation Algorithm for Full-Key Recovery, IACR Transactions on Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems (TCHES), 2, 2020
  • M. Sabbagh, Y. Fei, D. Kaeli, A Novel GPU Overdrive Fault Attack, ACM/IEEE Design Automation Conf. (DAC), July 2020
  • C. Gongye, Y. Fei, T. Wahl, Reverse Engineering Deep Neural Networks Using Floating-Point Side Channel, ACM/IEEE Design Automation Conf. (DAC), July 2020
  • C. Luo, Y. Fei, A. Ding, P. Clause, Comprehensive Side-Channel Power analysis of XTS- AES, IEEE Transactions on CAD (TCAD), 38, (12), 2019, 2191-2220
  • Z.H. Jiang, Y. Fei, D. Kaeli, Exploiting Bank Conflict based Side-Channel Timing Leakage of GPUs, ACM Transaction on Architecture and Code Optimization (TACO), 16(4), 2019
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Mar 12, 2020

Cybersecurity: Your Secrets Are Safe With Us

Northeastern researchers are at the forefront of cybersecurity research, protecting everything from the phone in your pocket to the city of the future.

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Faculty

Sep 12, 2019

Fei is Northeastern Lead for New Multi-University Research Center

ECE Professor Yunsi Fei has been awarded $750K five-year grant from the NSF as the Northeastern lead for a new multi-university research center, CHEST, or Center for Hardware and Embedded Systems Security and Trust.

Faculty

Jul 11, 2019

$1.2M NSF Grant to Secure Deep Neural Networks

ECE Professor Yunsi Fei, Assistant Professor Xue (Shelley) Lin, and Khoury Associate Professor Thomas Wahl were awarded a $1.2M NSF grant for “Protecting Confidentiality and Integrity of Deep Neural Networks against Side-Channel and Fault Attacks”.

Faculty

Nov 09, 2017

PhD Student Wins Best Paper at Computer Design Conference

ECE PhD student Mohammad Khavari-Tavana won the best paper award at the 35th IEEE International Conference on Computer Design (ICCD).

Faculty

Jun 13, 2017

Biometric Boarding Pass

Associate Professors Andrews Gouldstone (MIE) and Yunsi Fei (ECE) weigh in on using biometrics such as facial recognition and fingerprint scans at airports.

Aug 16, 2016

The Security of Accelerators

ECE professor David Kaeli and associate professor Yunsi Fei were awarded a $450K grant from NSF and SRC for "Side-Channel Analysis and Resiliency Targeting Accelerators". Abstract Source: NSF Today's computing systems are becoming increasingly heterogeneous, providing new levels of computational horsepower and power efficiency. Hardware accelerators are a key element in this trend, allowing compute-oriented […]

Aug 03, 2016

COE to Represent NU at NAE

Sagar Kamarthi (MIE) has been selected as a panel speaker and Andrew Myers (CEE), Yunsi Fei (ECE), & Edgar Goluch (ChE) have been invited to participate at the National Academy of Engineering's eighth Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) symposium.

Jun 07, 2016

Grant to Combat Against Side-Channel Attacks

ECE Associate Professor Yunsi Fei was awarded a $1.2M three-year NSF grant to create "Automating Countermeasures and Security Evaluation Against Software Side-channel Attacks". Abstract Source: NSF Side-channel attacks (SCA) have been a realistic threat to various cryptographic implementations that do not feature dedicated protection. While many effective countermeasures have been found and applied manually, they […]

Undergraduate

Apr 22, 2016

Team of 8 ECE Students Place and Win Award at Embedded Catch-The-Flag Competition

A team of 8 ECE students led by Professor Yunsi Fei participated in an embedded catch-the-flag (eCTF) competition hosted by MITRE, and won the "Most Flag Points" award and came in 2nd place overall.   This award comes after a three month long competition to explore the difficulties of embedded security. Four schools, including Tufts, WPI, […]

Graduate

Oct 06, 2015

ECE Graduate Student and Associate Professor Win Best Paper Award

ECE Graduate Student Yu Han and ECE Associate Professor Yunsi Fei won the best paper award in MASCOTS, the IEEE International Symposium on Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation of Computer Telecommunication Systems.

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