Chen Qian

Assistant Professor

Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Jack Baskin School of Engineering
University of California Santa Cruz

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Email: cqian12 AT ucsc Dot edu
Office: 231 E2
Phone #: 831-459-5302

What's new

7/2019 Papers accpeted to ICNP'19

5/2019 Paper about resolving server bottlenecks in cloud accpeted to ATC'19

3/2019 Paper about greedy routing in edge networks accepted to ICDCS'19

1/2019 Papers accepted to IoTDI and ToN

12/2018 Papers accepted to TMC, IoT Journal

11/2018 Two papers accepted to INFOCOM'19

11/2018 Memory network architecture paper accepted by HPCA 2019

11/2018 SeqOthello accepted by Genome Biology journal (Impact factor: 13.2).

10/2018 One paper accepted by Ubicomp 2019

9/2018 One paper accepted by TMC

6/2018 Hu-Fu (»¢·û) accepted to MobiCom 2018.

6/2018 NSF CAREER Award for Othello Hashing and its applications

5/2018 NetCP accepted to IWQoS 2018. H2Cloud accepted to ICPP 2018.

4/2018 Echoscope accepted to TMC -- verifiable smart packaging

3/2018 Othello Hashing accepted to ToN --only three months after submission. Fastest speed and least memory cost among all network lookup algorithms.

2/2018 One paper accepted to TDSC -- privacy preserving cross domain routing optimization


Fall 2018, Fall 2017: CMPE252A: Computer Networks

Sping 2018: CMPE259 Sensor Networks and Internet of Things

Winter 2019, Sping 2017, : CMPE253 Network Security

Spring 2019, Winter 2017, W2018: CMPE150 Introduction To Computer Networks


I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Engineering at University of California Santa Cruz. I primarily work on the fundamental problems of computer networks, systems, and security. I received the NSF CAREER Award in 2018.

I was an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at University of Kentucky, and a faculty member of the Laboratory for Advanced Networking during 2013-2016.

I received my Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Texas at Austin in 2013. My advisor was Simon S. Lam, meaning I am a part of the Leonard Kleinrock's family tree. I am the recipient of the James C. Browne Graduate Fellowship in 2012 (list of Browne Fellowship awardees for 2001-2012). I interned at AT&T Labs-Research in May-Aug, 2012. I got my M.Phil. from Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, where I worked with Prof. Lionel M. Ni (now Provost at University of Macau), and also had close collaboration with Prof. Yunhao Liu (now Dean of School of Engineering, Tsinghua University). I received my Bachelor's degree (highest honor) from Department of Computer Science, Nanjing University in 2006, under the supervision of Prof. Jiafu Xu and Prof. Fangmin Song.

I was born in Suzhou, Jiangsu, China.

Research Projects

Computer networking, Internet of Things, Edge Computing, Cloud, SDN/NFV, Network Security, RFID, Mobile/Pervasive Computing, and Cyber Physical Systems

NSF Funded Projects: CNS-1717948 (IoT), CNS-1750704 (NSF CAREER Award about Othello Hashing), CNS-1464335

Selected Publications: [full list]

- If you only have time to read two recent papers:

[MobiCom'18] [HotWireless'17] Hu-Fu: Towards Replay-resilient RFID Authentication, ACM MobiCom, 2018. [pdf] (First reply-resilient solution to battery-free IoT)

[ToN] [ICNP'17] [SIGMETRICS'17] Memory-efficient and Ultra-fast Network Lookup and Forwarding using Othello Hashing. [Code of Othello Hashing] [pdf]

Other selected papers, most in top journals (ToN, TPDS, TMC, etc.) and top computer system/networking conferences with accept rates around 20% (INFOCOM, ICNP, MobiCom, ATC, CoNEXT, CCS, SIGMETRICS, ICDCS, NDSS, Ubicomp, PerCom, etc.)

[ICNP] TagAttention: Mobile Object Tracing without Object Appearance Information by Vision-RFID Fusion, in Proc. of IEEE ICNP, 2019. (Accept rate: 30/212=14.2%)

[ICNP] When Tags ¡®Read¡¯ Each Other:Enabling Low-cost and Convenient Tag Mutual Identification, in Proc. of IEEE ICNP, 2019. (Accept rate: 30/212=14.2%)

[ICNP] Re-designing Compact-structure based Forwarding for Programmable Networks, in Proc. of IEEE ICNP, 2019. (Accept rate: 30/212=14.2%)

[ICNP] SAFE-ME: Scalable and Flexible Middlebox Policy Enforcement with Software Defined Networking, in Proc. of IEEE ICNP, 2019. (Accept rate: 30/212=14.2%)

[ICNP] A (Near) Zero-cost and Universal Method to Combat Multipaths for RFID Sensing, in Proc. of IEEE ICNP, 2019. (Short paper accept rate: (30+11)/212=19.3%)

[ATC'19] PostMan: Rapidly Mitigating Bursty Traffic by Offloading Packet Processing, in Proc. of USENIX ATC, 2019 [pdf] (Accept rate: 71/352 = 20.2%)

[ICDCS'19] Efficient Data Placement and Retrieval Services in Edge Computing, in Proc. of IEEE ICDCS, 2019 [pdf] (Accept rate: 19.6%)

[IoTDI'19] VERID: Towards Verifiable IoT Data Management, in Proc. of ACM/IEEE IoTDI, 2019 [pdf]

[ToN] [IoTDI'17] Towards Secure and Efficient Communication for the Internet of Things, in IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking. also as An IoT Data Communication Framework for Authenticity and Integrity, In Proc of ACM/IEEE IoTDI 2017. [pdf]

[INFOCOM'19] Collaborative Validation of Public-Key Certificates for IoT by Distributed Caching, in Proc. of IEEE INFOCOM, 2019 [pdf] (Accept rate: 288/1464 = 19.7%)

[INFOCOM'19] Efficient Indexing Mechanism for Unstructured Data Sharing Systems in Edge Computing, in Proc. of IEEE INFOCOM, 2019 [pdf] (Accept rate: 288/1464 = 19.7%)

[HPCA'19] String Figure: A Scalable and Elastic Memory Network Architecture, in Proc. of IEEE HPCA, 2019 [pdf] (Acceptance rate: 19.7%)

[Genome Biology] SeqOthello: querying RNA-seq experiments at scale, in Genome Biology, 2018. (Impact factor: 16.5) [pdf]

[TMC] [Ubicomp'16] [MSCC'15] Echoscope: Verifiable Smart Packaging with Passive RFID [pdf] (Best Paper Award of ACM MSCC)

[TDSC] [ICNP'15] SDN-based Privacy Preserving Cross Domain Routing [pdf]

[ToN] Minimizing Controller Response Time Through Flow Redirecting in SDNs, in IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking.

[INFOCOM'18] Trio: Utilizing Tag Interference for Refined Localization of Passive RFID. [pdf]

[ToN] [INFOCOM'17] Minimizing Flow Statistics Collection Cost Using Wildcard-based Requests in SDNs, in IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking. [pdf]

[MECOMM'17] SDLB: A Scalable and Dynamic Software Load Balancer for Fog and Mobile Edge Computing, in Proc of ACM SIGCOMM 2017 Workshop on Mobile Edge Communications (MECOMM), 2017. [pdf]

[Bioinformatics] A Novel Data Structure to Support Ultra-fast Taxonomic Classification of Metagenomic Sequences with k-mer Signatures, in Bioinformatics, 2017 [pdf]

[ToN][CoNEXT'15] Practical Network-wide Packet Behavior Identification by AP Classifier, in IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking. [pdf]

[CCS'16] Instant and Robust Authentication and Key Agreement among Mobile Devices, in Proc of ACM CCS 2016. Acceptance Rate: 16 %. [pdf]

[ToN] [ICNP'16] Joint Route Selection and Update Scheduling for Low-Latency Update in SDNs. [pdf] (Best paper finalist, fast track to ToN)

[TPDS][ICNP'14] Space Shuffle: A Scalable, Flexible, and High-Bandwidth Data Center Network. [pdf]

[TMC] [SECON'17] HMRL: Relative Localization of RFID Tags with Static Devices , In Proc of IEEE SECON, 2017, and IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing. [pdf]

[ICDCS'17] Pronto: Efficient Test Packet Generation for Dynamic Network Data Planes, In Proc of IEEE ICDCS 2017, Acceptance Rate: 16.9%. [pdf]

[ICDCS'17] RFIPad: Enabling Cost-efficient and Device-free In-air Handwriting using Passive Tags, In Proc of IEEE ICDCS 2017, Acceptance Rate: 16.9%. [pdf]

[NDSS'17] FBS-Radar: Uncovering Fake Base Stations at Scale in the Wild. In Proc of ISOC NDSS 2017, Acceptance Rate: 16%. [pdf]

[Ubicomp'16] [TMC] Device-free Detection of Approach and Departure Behaviors using Backscatter Communication, in Proc of ACM Ubicomp 2016. Acceptance Rate: 23%. [pdf]

[ICDCS'16] An NFV Orchestration Framework for Interference-free Policy Enforcement, in Proc of IEEE ICDCS 2016. Acceptance Rate: 17%. [pdf]

[AsiaCCS'16] Building an Encrypted, Distributed, and Searchable Key-value Store, in Proc of ACM Asia CCS 2016. Acceptance Rate: 20.9%. [pdf]

[INFOCOM'16] VADS: Visual Attention Detection with a Smartphone, in Proc of IEEE INFOCOM 2016. Acceptance Rate: 18%. [pdf]

[ToN][ICNP'14] CBID: A Customer Behavior Identification System Using Passive Tags [PDF]

[ICNP'15] EMoD: Efficient Motion Detection of Device-free Objects Using Passive RFID Tags, in Proc of IEEE ICNP, 2015. Acceptance Rate: 20.3%. [pdf]

[ToN] [ICDCS'11] Greedy Routing by Network Distance Embedding, [pdf]

[ToN][INFOCOM'14] Twins: Device-free Object Tracking using Passive Tags [pdf]

[ToN] [ICNP'13] GenePrint: Generic and Accurate Physical-Layer Identification for UHF RFID Tags [pdf]

[ToN] A Scalable and Resilient Layer-2 Network with Ethernet Compatibility, IEEE /ACM Transactions on Networking (ToN) 2016 [pdf]

[INFOCOM'15] Low-Complexity Multi-Resource Packet Scheduling for Network Functions Virtualization, in Proc of IEEE INFOCOM 2015. Acceptance Rate: 19%. [pdf]

[ICNP'12] ROME: Routing On Metropolitan-scale Ethernet in Proc of IEEE ICNP, 2012. Acceptance Rate: 22.9% [PDF]

[SIGMETRICS'11] [ToN] [ICNP'12 Keynote Speech] Geographic Routing in d-dimensional Spaces with Guaranteed Delivery and Low Stretch, in Proc of ACM SIGMETRICS, 2011. Acceptance Rate: 14.7%, extended version in IEEE /ACM Transactions on Networking (ToN) [PDF] Simon Lam's keynote speach at IEEE ICNP 2012 about Multi-hop DT Routing [PPT].

[ICDCS'10] ASAP: Scalable Arbitration for Contactless RFID Systems in Proc of IEEE ICDCS, 2010. Acceptance Rate: 14.3%. [PDF]
[TPDS] Longer version in IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (TPDS).

[PerCom'08] Cardinality Estimation for Large-scale RFID Systems in Proc of IEEE IEEE PerCom, 2008. Acceptance Rate: 11.9%. [PDF]
[TPDS] Longer version in IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (TPDS), Sep. 2011. (Spotlight Paper of TPDS )


Huazhe Wang (PhD 2014-) BS BJTU, MS BUPT, Verizon Fellowship, UCSC Dissertation Year Fellowship. Interned with HP Labs

Ge Wang (PhD 2014-) co-advised with Jinsong Han@XJTU, through CSC program

Minmei Wang (PhD 2017-) BS NUPT, MS Nanjing Univ

Haofan Cai (PhD 2017-) BS SUSTech, UCSC Chancellor's Fellowship

Shouqian Shi (PhD 2017-) BS USTC, MS Chinese Academy of Sciences

Xiaofeng Shi (PhD 2018-) BS Nanjing Univ, MS Nanjing Univ, UCSC Chancellor's Fellowship

Minghao Xie (PhD 2018-) BS Sichuan Univ. Co-advised with Heiner Litz.

Undergraduate researchers:

Current: Bradley Pucket, Alexandra Sun, Alex Smirnov

Fomer students with my supervision:

Xin Li (PhD 2013-2018) UCSC Dissertation Year Fellowship. Now with VMWare.

Ye Yu (PhD 2013-2018) Best PhD student Award at UKY. Now with Google.

Yu Zhao (PhD@UKY 2016-) BS Jilin Univ, now mainly advised by Tingting Yu due to my leave from UK.

Sanjay Krishna Gouda, (MS 2018), now with BBN Technologies.

Naishil Shah (MSc 2018) now at Cisco.

Jonathon Steelsmith (BSc 2018), Vincent Kim (BSc 2018). Sean Gordon (BSc 2018), Masaya Takahashi (BSc 2018), Jose Sepulveda (BSc 2018).

Yueqi Chen (BSc 2017), now PhD student at Penn State.

Wenzhi Cui (2013-2015), then PhD student at UT Austin, Now with Google