Yan (Lindsay) Sun

Associate Professor
Department of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Eng.
University of Rhode Island
4 East Alumni Ave., Kingston, RI 02881

If you want to make important discoveries, work on important problems.

P.B. Medawar

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William W. Purkey

EDUCATION: Yan (Lindsay) Sun received her B.S. degree with the highest honor from Peking University in 1998, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Maryland in 2004. She joined the University of Rhode Island in 2004, where she is currently an associate professor in the department of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Dr. Sun is an elected member of the Information Forensics and Security Technical Committee (IFS-TC), in IEEE Signal Processing Society. She also serves on the editorial broad of IEEE Security and Privacy Magazine. She is an associate editor of Signal Processing Letter since 2013, and an associate editor of Inside Signal Processing eNewsletter since 2010. Dr. Sun is the general chair of IEEE Workshop on Information Forensics and Security (WIFS) in 2014. She has served as finance chair at the 14th International Workshop on Multimedia Signal Processing (MMSP 2012), co-chair of Trust, Reputation, Evidence and other Collaboration Know-how track at the 25th ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (ACM SAC) in 2009, publication chair at the 4th Annual Boston Area Architecture Workshop (BARC) in 2006, and local arrangement chair at IEEE International Workshop on Genomic Signal Processing and Statistics (Gensips) in 2005.

She is the guest editor of IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security special Issue on Privacy and Trust Management in Cloud and Distributed Systems(2012) and IEEE Signal Processing Magazine special issue on signal and information processing for social learning and networking (2010). She gave a tutorial on “Multimedia Social Networks: Behavior Dynamics, Security, and Beyond” at 2010 IEEE International Conferences on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP 2010). She also served on technical program committees of about a dozen international conferences on signal processing, security and privacy.

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Dr. Sun’s research interests include power grid security, trustworthy social computing, wireless network security, and reliable biomedical systems. She applied signal processing techniques in modeling, detection, and estimation of abnormal behaviors in various computing and communication systems. Dr. Sun recently received the best paper award at the IEEE International Conference on Social Computing (SocialCom’10, acceptance ratio <11%). She was the recipient of NSF CAREER Award (2007).

Curriculum Vitae


Research & Publications

Network Security and Trust (NEST) Laboratory


  • Dr. Yan Sun
  • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • University of Rhode Island
  • 4 East Alumni Ave. Kingston, RI 02881
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