Danfeng Yao
  Danfeng (Daphne) Yao

Danfeng (Daphne) Yao

Associate Professor and L-3 Faculty Fellow
Department of Computer Science
Virginia Tech

Full CV

Short Bio
Danfeng Yao (aka Daphne) is an associate professor of computer science at Virginia Tech. She received her Ph.D. degree from Brown University in 2007 and her research is on network and system security, malware detection, and applied cryptography. She was awarded NSF CAREER award for her human-behavior inspired malware detection work, and has three Best Paper Awards on her malware detection and data-leak prevention technologies. She was named Outstanding New Assistant Professor by Virginia Tech College of Engineering in 2012. She has 45+ peer-reviewed publications.


Ph.D. Brown University, Computer Science 2007
M.S. Indiana University, Bloomington, Computer Science 2002
M.A. Princeton University, Chemistry 2000
B.S. Peking University, Chemistry 1998

Professional Experience

[Jun. 2014 - Present] Associate Professor, Virginia Tech Computer Science
[Dec. 2009 - Jun. 2014] Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech Computer Science
[Jan. 2008 - Dec. 2009] Assistant Professor, Rutgers University Computer Science, New Brunswick/Piscataway NJ
[Sep. 2006 - Dec. 2007] Visiting scholar, CERIAS, Purdue University
[May 2006 - Aug. 2006] Research intern, HP Systems Security Lab, Princeton.
[Apr. 2005 - May 2007] Consultant, IAM Technology Inc., Providence RI

Honors and Awards

  • L-3 Communications Cyber Faculty Fellow, 2014
  • Young Investigator Award, Army Research Office, 2014
  • Best Paper Award, International Conference on Network Protocols (ICNP), 2012
  • Outstanding New Assistant Professor Award, Virginia Tech College of Engineering, 2012
  • Best Paper Award, 6th CollaborateCom Conference, 2010
  • CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 2010
  • Best Poster Award, WOCC 2008
  • Best Student Paper Award, ICICS 2006
  • Award for Technological Innovation from Brown University, 2006
  • University Fellowship, Brown University, 2002
  • Graduate with the Highest Honors, Peking University, 1998
  • IEC Fellowship, Peking University, 1996
  • Outstanding Student Fellowship, Peking University, 1995
  • SONY Fellowship, Peking University, 1995


  • Stuart Haber, William Horne, Tomas Sander, and Danfeng Yao.
    Integrity Verification of Pseudonymized Documents.
    U.S. Patent No. 8,266,439. Sep. 2012.
  • Xiaokui Shu, Fang Liu, and Danfeng Yao.
    Rapid Screening of Transformed Data Leaks with Efficient Algorithms and Parallel Computing.
    Provisional patent Filed. Feb. 2015.
  • Danfeng Yao and Hao Zhang.
    Detection of Stealthy Malware Activities with Transitional Causality and Scalable Triggering Relation Discovery.
    Continuation-in-Part (CIP) Patent Filed. Virginia Tech. 14/267,422. May, 2014.
  • Danfeng Yao, Deian Stefan, and Chehai Wu.
    Systems and Methods for Malware Detection. U.S. Patent No. 8,763,127. Jun. 24, 2014.

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