Yu Cheng

  • Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering


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

Research Interests

Yu Cheng joined Illinois Institute of Technology's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in August 2006. His current research interests include wireless network performance analysis, machine learning, age of information, and network security. He has served as several symposium co-chairs for IEEE ICC and IEEE GLOBECOM. He was the technical program committee co-chair for the International Conference on Wireless Artificial Intelligent Computing Systems and Applications (WASA) in 2011 and the International Conference on Computing, Networking and Communications (ICNC) in 2015. He was a founding vice chair of the IEEE ComSoc Technical Subcommittee on Green Communications and Computing. He is an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, IEEE Internet of Things Journal, and IEEE Wireless Communications. He was an IEEE ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer from 2016 to 2017. He was elevated to IEEE Fellow in 2024.


2024 IEEE fellow

2021 IEEE INFOCOM Distinguished TPC Member Recognition Award

2018 Runner-Up Best Paper Award at ACM MobiHoc

2014 Runner-Up Best Paper Award at ACM MobiHoc

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


Google Scholar


J. Tang and Y. Cheng, Intrusion Detection for IP-Based Multimedia Communications over Wireless Networks, Springer , 2013

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


Y. Cheng and K. Liu, “Method and system for forming an ad-hoc network over heterogeneous protocols,” US Patent US 10389854 B2, August 20, 2019.


Wireless network performance analysis and protocol design; machine learning, cloud computing and big data; wireless network security; next-generation internet architecture, protocols, and management