Yunsi Fei

Professor,  Electrical and Computer Engineering
Northeastern Lead,  CHEST


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Research Focus

Computer architecture, embedded systems, hardware-oriented security, design automation, mobile computing, underwater sensor networks


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. Her research and educational activities have been in the area of Computer Engineering, spanning energy-efficient embedded system design and optimization, secure computer architecture and systems, adaptive networking for underwater sensor networks, etc. She was a recipient of NSF CAREER award.


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

Honors & Awards

  • 2015 COE Faculty Fellow
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award

Research Overview

Computer architecture, embedded systems, hardware-oriented security, design automation, mobile computing, underwater sensor networks

Selected Publications

  • C. Luo, Y. Fei, L. Zhang, A.A. Ding, P. Luo, S. Mukherjee, D. Kaeli, Power Analysis Attack of an AES GPU Implementation, Springer J. Hardware & System Security (HASS), 2(1), 2018, 69-82
  • P. Luo, K. Athanasiou, Y. Fei, T. Wahl, Algebraic Fault Analysis of SHA-3 Under Relaxed Fault Models, IEEE Trans. on Information Forensics and Security, 13(7), 2018
  • Y. Han, Y. Fei, TARS: A Traffic-Adaptive Receiver-Synchronized Medium Access Control Protocol for Underwater Sensor Networks, ACM Trans. On Sensor Networks (TOSN), vol. 13(4), 2017, 27:1-27:25
  • Z. Jiang, Y. Fei, A Novel Cache Bank Timing Attack, ACM Int. Conf. Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD), Nov. 2017.
  • P. Luo, K. Anthansiou, L.Zhang, Z. Jiang, Y. Fei, A.A. Ding, T. Wahl, A First Step Towards Automatic Compiler Assisted Threshold Implementation Design, IEEE Int. Conf. on Computer Design (ICCD), 2017
  • A. Adam Ding, L. Zhang, F. Durvaux, F-X. Standaert, Y. Fei, Toward Sound and Optimal Leakage Detection Procedure, Smart Card Research and Advanced Application Conference (CARDIS), 2017

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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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.


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”.


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).


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 […]


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, […]


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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