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Sen Chen (陈 森)
Tenured associate professor
Tianjin University, China
College of Intelligence and Computing
School of Cybersecurity
Office: Room B331/B401, Building #55, Beiyangyuan Campus
senchen@tju.edu.cn and tjusenchen@gmail.com

I am a tenured associate professor (英才/长聘副教授, 特聘研究员) at the School of Cybersecurity (网络安全学院), College of Intelligence and Computing (智能与计算学部) in Tianjin University (天津大学). I am focusing on Software Security, Mobile Software Security, Open-Source Software Security, AI Security, and Software Analytics (软件安全, 移动软件安全, 开源软件安全, 人工智能安全, 软件分析).
Before that, I was a research assistant professor (科研助理教授) @Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (南洋理工大学) and working in the research group of Prof. Liu Yang (刘杨). I received my Ph.D. degree in East China Normal University (华东师范大学), Shanghai, China (2014-2019), under the superivsion of Prof. Lihua Xu (徐立华) (NYU Shanghai). I had been a research fellow (博士后研究员) (2019-2020) and research assistant (2016-2019) at NTU.
I received two ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Awards at ICSE 2018 and ICSE 2021.

 Our lab (软件与系统安全课题组,网络空间安全研究团队) has several Ph.D. and Master positions. If you are interested in the research directions below, please send me your CV (senchen@tju.edu.cn). 实验室还有多个博士生和硕士生招生指标,欢迎对软件安全和分析,漏洞挖掘,隐私保护,网络安全感兴趣的同学进行邮件联系! 同时欢迎感兴趣学部(院)校内外研究生推免的同学进行邮件联系!期待你们的加入!
 My official homepage (官方主页): http://cic.tju.edu.cn/info/1076/3139.htm

Software Security (软件安全) [Vulnerability, Privacy, Malware] (2015-):
Android/iOS app vulnerability and privacy: AUSERA (ICSE 2020, FSE 2018), SiOS (USENIX Security 2020), ATVHunter (ASE 2020, ICSE 2021, TSE 2021), HPDroid (ISSRE 2020)
Android malware: MobiTive (TIFS 2020), XMal (TOSEM 2020, ICSE 2021), GUI-Squatting Attack (TDSC 2019), FakeApp (ICSE 2019), Grayware (ISSRE 2021), VenomAttack (FCS 2021), SeqDroid (ICECCS 2020), MobiDroid (ICECCS 2019), KuafuDet (COSE 2017), Begonia (CCS 2016), StormDroid (AsiaCCS 2016)
AI Security (人工智能安全) [Adversarial attack and defense] (2016-) :
Speaker recognition system (SRS): FakeBob (Oakland 2021)
Adversarial (Android) malware attack and detection: KuafuDet (COSE 2017)
Adversarial (web) phishing attack and detection: Pelican (IJIS 2021)
Deep learning testing: DL testing across frameworks and platforms (ASE 2019)
Intelligent Software Development and Testing (智能软件开发与测试) (2016-):
Intelligent development: ATOM (TSE 2020), CORE (SANER 2020)
Android app development and design: StoryDroid (ICSE 2019)
Android app testing: DroidDefects (TSE 2020), APEChecker (ASE 2018), Exlocator (ICSE 2018), Xbot (TSE 2021)


News

  September 2021: Our paper "Research on Third-Party Libraries in Android Apps: A Taxonomy and Systematic Literature Review" accepted by TSE (CCF-A)!

  August 2021: Our paper "Accessibile or Not? An Empirical Investigation of Android App Accessibility" accepted by TSE (CCF-A)!

  13 August 2021: Give invited talk "Towards security and privacy of Android apps" at State Grid Customer Service Center.

  July 2021: Our paper "Peeking into the Gray Area of Mobile World: An Empirical Study of Unlabeled Android Apps" accepted by ISSRE 2021 (CCF-B, Core Rank A).

  July 2021: Our paper "VenomAttack: Automated and Adaptive Activity Hijacking in Android" accepted by FCS (JCR-Q2).

  June 2021: Our paper "Towards Characterizing Bug Fixes through Dependency-Level Changes" accepted by Science China (SCIS) (JCR-Q1).

  May 2021: Our paper "Advanced Evasion Attacks and Mitigations on Practical ML-Based Phishing Website Classifiers" accepted by International Journal of Intelligent Systems (JCR-Q1).

  April 2021: Our paper "ATVHunter: Reliable Version Detection of Third-Party Libraries for Vulnerability Identification in Android Applications" won ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Award at ICSE 2021.

  April 2021: Our two papers "Predicting Entity Relations across Different Security Databases by Using Graph Attention Network" and "Key Aspects Augmentation of Vulnerability Description based on Multiple Security Databases" accepted by COMPSAC 2021.

  Feb 2021: Our TOSEM paper "Why an Android App is Classified as Malware? Towards Malware Classification Interpretation" (XMal) will be presented at ICSE'21 Journal First Track.

  December 2020: Our paper "ATVHunter: Reliable Version Detection of Third-Party Libraries for Vulnerability Identification in Android Apps" accepted by ICSE 2021!

  November 2020: Our paper "ATOM: Commit Message Generation Based on Abstract Syntax Tree and Hybrid Ranking" accepted by TSE!

  September 2020: Our two papers accepted by TIFS and TOSEM: "A Performance-Sensitive Malware Detection System Using Deep Learning on Mobile Devices" (MobiTive) and "Why an Android App is Classified as Malware? Towards Malware Classification Interpretation" (XMal)!

  August 2020: Our three papers accepted by ASE 2020, ISSRE 2020, and ICECCS 2020: automated third-party library detection, GDPR compliance violations in Android apps (HPDroid), and sequence-based Android malware detection (SeqDroid)!

  July 2020: Our paper "Why My App Crashes? Understanding and Benchmarking Framework-specific Exceptions of Android apps" accepted by TSE!

  April 2020: Our paper "Who is Real Bob? Adversarial Attacks on Speaker Recognition Systems" accepted by IEEE Security & Privacy (Oakland 2021)!

  March 2020: Our paper "iOS, Your OS, Everybody's OS: Vetting and Analyzing Network Services of iOS Applications" accepted by USENIX Security 2020!

  December 2019: Our paper "An Empirical Assessment of Security Risks of Global Android Banking Apps" accepted by ICSE 2020!

 November 2019: Our paper "GUI-Squatting Attack: Automated Generation of Android Phishing Apps" accepted by IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing (TDSC)!

 August 2019: Our paper "An Empirical Study towards Characterizing Deep Learning Development and Deployment across Different Frameworks and Platforms" accepted by ASE 2019!


Selected Publications [Full list] [Google Scholar] [DBLP]

Highlights: My publications appear in top-tier conferences and journals including
ICSE, ASE, FSE, IEEE Security & Privacy, USENIX Security, ACM CCS, IEEE TSE, ACM TOSEM, IEEE TDSC, IEEE TIFS.

Software Security (软件(移动)安全):

 (ICSE 2020, CCF-A) Sen Chen, et al., "An Empirical Assessment of Security Risks of Global Android Banking Apps".

 (ESEC/FSE 2018, CCF-A) Sen Chen, et al., "Are Mobile Banking Apps Secure? What Can be Improved?".

 (TDSC 2019, CCF-A) Sen Chen, et al., "GUI-Squatting Attack: Automated Generation of Android Phishing Apps".

 (ICSE 2019, CCF-A) Chongbin Tang, Sen Chen#, et al., "A Large-Scale Empirical Study on Industrial Fake Apps".

 (TIFS 2020, CCF-A) Ruitao Feng, Sen Chen*, et al., "A Performance-Sensitive Malware Detection System Using Deep Learning on Mobile Devices".

 (TOSEM 2020, CCF-A) Bozhi Wu, Sen Chen*, et al., "Why an Android App is Classified as Malware? Towards Malware Classification Interpretation".

 (ICSE 2021, CCF-A) Xian Zhan, Lingling Fan, Sen Chen, et al., "ATVHunter: Reliable Version Detection of Third-Party Libraries for Vulnerability Identification in Android Applications".  ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Award

AI Security (人工智能安全):

 (IEEE S&P 2021, CCF-A) Guangke Chen, Sen Chen#, et al. "Who is Real Bob? Adversarial Attacks on Speaker Recognition Systems".

 (ASE 2019, CCF-A) Qianyu Guo, Sen Chen*, et al., "An Empirical Study towards Characterizing Deep Learning Development and Deployment across Different Frameworks and Platforms".

Intelligent Software Development and Testing (智能软件开发与测试):

 (ICSE 2019, CCF-A) Sen Chen, et al., "StoryDroid: Automated Generation of Storyboard for Android Apps".

 (TSE 2021, CCF-A) Sen Chen, et al., "Accessibile or Not? An Empirical Investigation of Android App Accessibility".

 (ICSE 2018, CCF-A) Lingling Fan, Ting Su, Sen Chen, et al., "Large-Scale Analysis of Framework-Specific Exceptions in Android Apps".  ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Award


Awards

 ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Award (ICSE 2021), May 2021
 First Class of Progress of Science and Technology Prize of Tianjin, 2020
 Prototype Research Tool Award 3rd Place (Fixed topic) in NASAC 2020
 Outstanding Graduates of Shanghai, June 2019
 Prototype Research Tool Award 3rd Place (Freestyle) in NASAC 2018
ACM/SIGSOFT GAPS Award (ESEC/FSE 2018), September 2018
 ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Award (ICSE 2018), May 2018
Graduate Student Overseas Visiting Scholarship, November 2017
ACM/SIGSOFT GAPS Award (MobiCom 2016), August 2016
Graduate Student Overseas Visiting Scholarship, June 2016


Services

-Chairs
Early Research Achievements (ERA) Co-Chair of the 26th Asia-Pacific Software Engineering Conference (APSEC 2020)
Proceedings Chair of the 26th Asia-Pacific Software Engineering Conference (APSEC 2020)
Financial Chair of the 12nd Asia-Pacific Symposium on Internetware (Internetware 2020)

-Reviewers and PC members
Reviewer of the Journal of IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security (TIFS 2018 - 2020, 2021)
Reviewer of the Journal of IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing (TDSC 2019, 2020, 2021)
Reviewer of the Journal of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering (TSE 2020, 2021)
Reviewer of the IEEE Network Magazine (IEEE Network 2021)
Reviewer of the Journal of International Journal of Intelligent Systems (IJIS 2021)
Reviewer of the Journal of Computers & Security (COSE 2019, 2020, 2021)
Reviewer of the Journal of Automated Software Engineering (ASEJ 2019, 2020)
Reviewer of the Journal of Systems and Software (JSS 2020)
Reviewer of the Journal of Knowledge-Based Systems (KNOSYS 2021)
Reviewer of the ACM Transactions of Cyber-Physical Systems (TCPS 2020)
Reviewer of the Springer Cybersecurity (Cybersecurity 2020)

PC member of the Student Research Competition (ASE 2020)
PC member of the 26th International Conference on Engineering of Complex Computer Systems (ICECCS 2021)
PC member of the 25th International Conference on Engineering of Complex Computer Systems (ICECCS 2020)
PC member of the 4th International Workshop on Advances in Mobile App Analysis (A-Mobile 2021) held in conjunction with ASE 2021.
PC member of the 1st IEEE International Workshop on Artificial Intelligence for Mobile (AI4Mobile 2019)

-Co-Reviewers
ISSTA 2018, 2019, ASE 2018, 2019, 2020, USENIX Security 2018, 2019, CCS 2018, 2019, Oakland 2018, 2019, ESEC/FSE 2019, ICSE 2021