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    Yu Cheng, Ph.D. - Associate Professor

    Yu Cheng, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor

    Office: Siegel Hall 320
    3301 South Dearborn Chicago, IL 60616

    Phone: 312.567.7996
    Fax: 312.567.8976
    Web: Personal Webpage


    • Wireless networks, network security, network measurement, and wireless/wireline interworking.


    • Ph.D., ECE, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada, 2003
    • M.E., EE, Beijing, China, 1998
    • B.E., EE, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 1995


    Dr. Cheng joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Illinois Institute of Technology in August 2006 and established the Future Networking Research Lab (FunLab). His research interests include next-generation Internet architectures and management, wireless network performance analysis, network security, and wireless/wireline interworking. He currently has active research projects on “optimal resource allocation and distributed algorithms for multi-radio multi-channel (MR-MC) networks” and “intrusion detection for multimedia communications over wireless networks”, funded by National Science Foundation (NSF) Networking Technology and Systems (NeTS) program and Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program, respectively. FunLab also conducts active researches on vehicular ad hoc networks (VANET), mobile cloud computing, energy-efficient networking, and next-generation multicasting technology.

    Dr. Cheng served as a Co-Chair for the Wireless Networking Symposium of IEEE ICC 2009, a Co-Chair for the Communications QoS, Reliability, and Modeling Symposium of IEEE GLOBECOM 2011, a Co-Chair for the Signal Processing for Communications Symposium of IEEE ICC 2012, a Co-Chair for the Ad Hoc and Sensor Networking Symposium of IEEE Globecom 2012, and a Technical Program Committee (TPC) Co-Chair for WASA 2011. He is an Associated Editor for IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology and New Books & Multimedia Column Editor for IEEE Network. He is a Senior Member of IEEE.


    2013 IIT Sigma Xi Research Award in the junior faculty division

    2012 The paper “Quick detection of stealthy SIP flooding attacks in VoIP networks” (co-authored with Jin Tang) is reviewed and highlighted by the IEEE Comsoc’s MMTC R-Letters

    2011 National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award

    2011 Best paper award, IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), June 5-9, Kyoto, Japan, 2011

    2011 Panel Speaker, IIT’s Boeing Scholars Academy, Panel of Information Technology and the City

    2010 Invited paper, "Real-time detection of selfish behavior in IEEE 802.11 wireless networks", IEEE VTC-Fall, Ottawa, Canada, Sept. 6-9, 2010.

    2008 Keynote speaker, "Design of next generation Internet based on application-oriented networking," Distributed Autonomous Network Management Systems Workshop (DANMS), 2008, co-located with IEEE GLOBECOM 2008, New Orleans, Nov. 30, 2008

    2007 Best paper award, International Conference on Heterogeneous Networking for Quality, Reliability, Security, and Robustness (QShine'07), Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Aug. 14-17, 2007

    2007 Best Paper Award (3rd Place), IEEE Electro/Information Technology Conference (EIT), Chicago, Illinois, May 17-20, 2007

    2004 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Postdoctoral Fellowship Award

    Current Projects




    • X. Tian and Y. Cheng, Scalable Multicasting Over Next-Generation Internet: Design, Analysis, and Applications, Springer, 2012

    Selected Publications

    X. Tian and Y. Cheng, “A scalable destination-oriented multicast protocol with incremental deployability,” IEEE Transactions on Computers, to appear

    J. Tang, Y. Cheng, and W. Zhuang, "Real-time misbehavior detection in IEEE 802.11 based wireless networks: An analytical approach," IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, to appear

    Y. Hao, J. Tang, and Y. Cheng, "Secure Cooperative Data Downloading in Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks," IEEE Journal on Selected Areas of Communications, to appear

    X. Tian, Y. Cheng, and X. Shen, "Fast channel zapping with destination-oriented multicast for IP video delivery," IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 327-341, Feb. 2013

    Y. Cheng, H. Li, P.-J. Wan and X. Wang, "Wireless mesh network capacity achievable over the CSMA/CA MAC," IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, vol. 61, no. 7, pp. 3151-3165, Sept. 2012.

    Y. Cheng, H. Li, and P. Wan, "A theoretical framework for optimal cooperative networking in multi-radio multi-channel wireless networks," IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 66-73, April 2012.

    H. Li, Y. Cheng, X. Tian, and X. Wang, "A generic framework for throughput-optimal control in MR-MC wireless networks," in Proc. IEEE INFOCOM, Orlando, Florida, Mar. 25-30, 2012.

    J. Tang, Y. Cheng, and Y. Hao, "Detection and prevention of SIP flooding attacks in voice over IP networks," in Proc. IEEE INFOCOM, Orlando, Florida, Mar. 25-30, 2012.

    J. Tang, Y. Cheng, and W. Zhuang, "An analytical approach to real-time misbehavior detection in IEEE 802.11 based wireless networks", in Proc. IEEE INFOCOM, Shanghai, China, Apr. 10-15, 2011

    D. Shila, Y. Cheng, and T. Anjali, "Throughput and delay analysis of hybrid wireless networks with multi-hop uplinks", in Proc. IEEE INFOCOM, Shanghai, China, Apr. 10-15, 2011

    Y. Hao, Y. Cheng, C. Zhou, and W. Song, "A distributed key management framework with cooperative message authentication in VANETs," IEEE Journal on Selected Areas of Communications, vol. 29, no. 3, pp. 616-629, March 2011

    H. Li, Y. Cheng, C. Zhou, and P. Wan, "Multi-dimensional conflict graph based computing for optimal capacity in MR-MC wireless networks", in Proc. IEEE ICDCS, Genoa, Italy, June 21-25, 2010

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