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
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 Sotware Security and Analysis (软件安全与分析) including Mobile Security and Privacy, Open-Source Security, and Intelligent Software Security (移动安全与隐私，开源软件安全，智能软件安全).
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 group (软件安全与分析课题组，网络空间安全与应用研究团队) has several Ph.D. and Master positions. If you are interested in the research directions below, please send me your CV (email@example.com). 实验室还有多个博士生和硕士生招生指标，欢迎对软件安全与分析，漏洞挖掘与检测，恶意软件检测，隐私保护，网络安全感兴趣的同学邮件联系!
Mobile Security and Analysis (移动安全与隐私) [Vulnerability, Privacy, Malware, Bug] (2015-):
Android/iOS 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), ArgusDroid (SCIS 2022), Grayware (ISSRE 2021), VenomAttack (FCS 2021), SeqDroid (ICECCS 2020), MobiDroid (ICECCS 2019), KuafuDet (COSE 2017), Begonia (CCS 2016), StormDroid (AsiaCCS 2016)
App bug: Xbot (TSE 2021), DroidDefects (TSE 2020), APEChecker (ASE 2018), Exlocator (ICSE 2018)
App reverse: StoryDroid (ICSE 2019), StoryDistiller (TSE 2022)
Software Security (开源软件安全) [OSS, SCA, CVE] (2020-):
OSS vulnerability impact analysis: Vulnerability impact and its propagation in NPM ecosystem (ICSE 2022)
CVE/CWE analysis: PMA (TOSEM 2021)
Software performance regression: SPRFinder (TSE 2022)
AI Security (智能软件安全) [Model Robustness, AI Framework, AI Platform] (2016-) :
Speaker recognition system (SRS): FakeBob (IEEE S&P 2021)
Adversarial (Android) malware attack: KuafuDet (COSE 2017)
Adversarial (web) phishing attack: Pelican (IJIS 2021)
AI framework and platform study: Study on the AI frameworks and platforms (ASE 2019)
April 2022: Our paper "Demystifying Performance Regressions in String Solvers" accepted by TSE (CCF-A)!
February 2022: Our paper "Automatically Distilling Storyboard with Rich Features for Android Apps" accepted by TSE (CCF-A)!
Jan 2022: Our paper "ArgusDroid: Detecting Android Malware Variants by Mining Permission-API Knowledge Graph" accepted by the SCIENCE CHINA Information Sciences (SCIS, CCF-A).
December 2021: Our paper "Demystifying the Vulnerability Propagation and Its Evolution via Dependency Trees in the NPM Ecosystem" accepted by ICSE 2022 (CCF-A)!
November 2021: Our paper "Detecting and Augmenting Missing Key Aspects in Vulnerability Descriptions" accepted by TOSEM (CCF-A)!
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.
June 2021: Our paper "Towards Characterizing Bug Fixes through Dependency-Level Changes" accepted by the SCIENCE CHINA Information Sciences (SCIS, CCF-A).
May 2021: Our paper "Advanced Evasion Attacks and Mitigations on Practical ML-Based Phishing Website Classifiers" accepted by International Journal of Intelligent Systems (SCI-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 (CCF-A).
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 (CCF-A) "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 (CCF-A)!
November 2020: Our paper "ATOM: Commit Message Generation Based on Abstract Syntax Tree and Hybrid Ranking" accepted by TSE (CCF-A)!
September 2020: Our two papers accepted by TIFS (CCF-A) and TOSEM (CCF-A): "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 (CCF-A), 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 (CCF-A)!
April 2020: Our paper "Who is Real Bob? Adversarial Attacks on Speaker Recognition Systems" accepted by IEEE Security & Privacy (Oakland 2021) (CCF-A)!
March 2020: Our paper "iOS, Your OS, Everybody's OS: Vetting and Analyzing Network Services of iOS Applications" accepted by USENIX Security 2020 (CCF-A)!
December 2019: Our paper "An Empirical Assessment of Security Risks of Global Android Banking Apps" accepted by ICSE 2020 (CCF-A)!
November 2019: Our paper "GUI-Squatting Attack: Automated Generation of Android Phishing Apps" accepted by IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing (TDSC (CCF-A))!
August 2019: Our paper "An Empirical Study towards Characterizing Deep Learning Development and Deployment across Different Frameworks and Platforms" accepted by ASE 2019 (CCF-A)!
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.
Mobile Security and Analysis (移动安全与隐私):
(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
Software Security and Analysis (开源软件安全):
AI Security (智能软件安全):
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
Co-Chair of APSEC 2020 (Early Research Achievements, ERA Track)
Proceedings Chair of APSEC 2020
Financial Chair of Internetware 2020
-PC members and Reviewers
PC member of ASE 2022
PC member of FSE 2022
PC member of ICECCS 2021
PC member of ASE 2020
PC member of ICECCS 2020
PC member of A-Mobile 2021 held in conjunction with ASE 2021
PC member of AI4Mobile 2019 held in conjuction with SANER 2019
Reviewer of the Journal of IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security (TIFS 2018 - 2020, 2021, 2022)
Reviewer of the Journal of IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing (TDSC 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)
Reviewer of the Journal of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering (TSE 2020, 2021, 2022)
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, 2022)
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)
ISSTA 2018, 2019, ASE 2018, 2019, 2020, USENIX Security 2018, 2019, CCS 2018, 2019, Oakland 2018, 2019, ESEC/FSE 2019, ICSE 2021