Danfeng Yao
  Danfeng (Daphne) Yao

Danfeng (Daphne) Yao

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


Danfeng (Daphne) Yao is an associate professor and L-3 Faculty Fellow in the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg. She received her Computer Science Ph.D. degree from Brown University.

She received the NSF CAREER Award in 2010 for her work on human-behavior driven malware detection, and most recently ARO Young Investigator Award for her semantic reasoning for mission-oriented security work in 2014. She received the Outstanding New Assistant Professor Award from Virginia Tech College of Engineering in 2012. Dr. Yao has several Best Paper Awards (e.g., ICICS '06, CollaborateCom '09, and ICNP '12) and Best Poster Awards (e.g., ACM CODASPY '15).

She was given the Award for Technological Innovation from Brown University in 2006. She held a U.S. patent for her anomaly detection technologies.

Dr. Yao is an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing (TDSC). She serves as PC members in numerous computer security conferences, including ACM CCS. She has over 65 peer-reviewed publications in major security and privacy conferences and journals.

Dr. Yao is a senior member of ACM and a senior member of IEEE.


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

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.

      VT logo