Chansu Yu

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Cleveland State University

Director, Mobile Computing Research Laboratory
Co-Director, CSU T.E.C.H. Hub
Coordinator, Quantum Computing Research Group
Coordinator, Gaming and Visualization Research & Education Group
Steering committee, Applied Data Science, a joint PhD Program with Cleveland Clinic


  • 10+ years of industry experience (LG Electronics) and 20+ years in academia
  • Leadership role at Cleveland State University (CSU) – Chair of Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (Fall 13-Spring 20); CSU 2.0 Task Force (Fall 20 – Spring 21); Cleveland Innovation District ($200M, Spring 21-current); Co-director, CSU T.E.C.H. Hub (Fall 2022-current)
  • Academic initiatives at CSU – Developed BS in Data Science (Fall 21-Spring 22); Developed Applied Data Science, a joint PhD program with Cleveland Clinic (Fall 21-Spring 22);  Coordinating the Quantum Computing program (with Cleveland Clinic/IBM, Spring 22-current); Coordinator of the Virtual Reality facility and program (with NASA and School of Media Arts and Film, Fall 20-current)
  • Regional activities – Regional Leadership Board, Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) RITE (Fall 20-current); Mentor, Global Cleveland (Fall 22-current)
  • State/national-level activities – Chair, Computer Science Endorsement Standard Revision Committee, Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) (Fall 21); Chair, State Faculty Panel, CS Endorsement Programs, ODHE (Fall 20-current); National Center for Women & IT (NCWIT) (Summer 20-current)
  • Active grants of $3M including two NSF grants (Cybersecurity education, $400K, PI and CS for K-12, $2M, co-PI), two PIT-UN grants (Data privacy and equity & Quantum pipeline), and an OCRI Center award (Ohio Cyber Range Regional Programming Center)
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion – Both the NSF grant (CS education for K-12) and PIT-UN grant (Quantum pipeline) aiming at engaging with CMSD (Cleveland Metropolitan School District) students, more than three quarters of whom are Black/Hispanic and economically disadvantaged; GCP RITE and its Workforce Connect IT Sector Partnership focusing on addressing racial, gender and geographic disparities; Helped organizing the WiCyS (Women in Cybersecurity) conference through CSU T.E.C.H. Hub in March 2022 in Cleveland, OH; Helping emerging leaders, mostly from overseas, as a mentor for Global Cleveland; Faculty advisor of a Senior capstone project which features Hough riots and neighborhood using virtual reality devices in collaborated with the School of Media Arts and Film at CSU and GCUFF, Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival


My research interests include:

My on-going projects are:

  • Cybersecurity Challenge Platforms
  • Hardware security (Fault injection attacks, Meltdown & Spectre)
  • Website fingerpriting attacks and defenses
  • Mobile networking (Secure Wi-Fi, Indoor localization, Mobile hotspot)
  • Software defined radio & Wireless steganography

I lead the Mobile Computing Research Laboratory (MCRL) at Cleveland State.

Research Highlights:

  • We received the grant award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) on our research work on cybersecurity challenge platform. This will be used to train future cybersecurity professionals in both the technical hands-on IT skills and the legal and policy and legal issues. Cybersecurity scenarios we implement and investigate include EternalBlue ransomware attack, Meltdown, #OpJustina DDoS attack, and Hacking group Thallium. (NSF; May 2021 – April 2024; 400K)
  • We received the grant award from the Ohio Space Grant Consortium (OSGC) for the development of individualized, integrative, and progressive electronics laboratory course. This project creates a set of experiments of advanced electronics, e.g., bioelectronics and SRAM PUF (physically unclonable function), that enables students to see the curriculum as exciting and relevant to life outside of school. (OSGC; January 2021 – October 2021)
  • We received the grant award from the NSF to develop CS pathways as a part of the nation-wide CSforAll initiative. The Cleveland Tech Talent Pipeline is a Research-Practitioner Partnership (RPP) that will build upon several NSF-supported efforts in Cleveland to develop pathways for students in computer science and information technology from high school to career, community college and/or four-year colleges and universities. (NSF; November 2020 – October 2024; $2M)
  • Our paper, entitled Delay-Conscious Defense Against Fingerprinting Attacks, has been selected to present at The Nineteenth International Conference on Networks (ICN 2020), Lisbon, Portugal, in February, 2020. Website fingerprinting attacks are an Internet censorship technology and many attack and defense mechanisms have been proposed in the literature. The proposed defense algorithm maintains the high defense performance while reducing the page loading time, which has been identified as the weakness in previous mechanisms.
  • We received the grant award from the NSF for the research and education of cybersecurity systems. This project is intended to provide a holistic view on information and software security as well as hardware security. In particular, hardware security attacks such as hardware IP piracy, side-channel analysis, fault injection, and clock glitching are a growing concern to both semiconductor industry as well as end users. Our work is based on Altera FPGA prototyping systems and Quartus. (NSF TUES program; September 2013 – August 2019)


My complete list of publications

Publications and preprints in recent years:

  • C McGuan, C Yu, K Suh, Practical and Lightweight Defense Against Website Fingerprinting, IEEE Access (under minor review)
  • A Raghavan, C Yu, Task, Knowledge, Skill, and Ability: Equipping the Small-Medium Businesses Cybersecurity Workforce, 2023 National Cyber Summit (under review)
  • C McGuan, C Yu, Q Lin, Towards Low-Barrier Cybersecurity Research and Education for Industrial Control Systems, IEEE Intelligence and Security Informatics (ISI), 2023 (under review)
  • J Liang, C Yu, K Suh, H Han, Tail Time Defense Against Website Fingerprinting Attacks, IEEE Access, Vol. 10, 2022, pp. 18516-18525 (DOI: 10.1109/ACCESS. 2022.3146236)
  • J Liang, C Yu, K Suh, Delay-Conscious Defense Against Fingerprinting Attacks, The Nineteenth International Conference on Networks (ICN 2020), Lisbon, Portugal, February 24, 2020.
  • Chu, P., Hamlen, K. R. and Yu, C., A Simple SoC Platform for the Integrated Computer Engineering Lab Framework, 2018 ASEE conference, June 24-27, 2018.
  • S. Jeon, Y-J Suh, C. Yu, Pre-shared Key Agreement for Secure Public Wi-Fi, arXiv preprint arXiv:1711.02293, 2017 –
  • S. Jeon, J-P Jeong, Y-J Suh, C. Yu, D. Han, Selective AP Probing for Indoor Positioning in a Large and AP-Dense Environment, Journal of Network and Computer Applications, 2017.
  • D. Bakunas-Milanowski, V. Rego, J. Sang, and C. Yu, Efficient Algorithms for Stream Compaction on GPUs, International Journal of Networking and Computing, Vol 7, No 2, 2017.
  • Chu, P. P., Yu, C., and Hamlen-Mansour, K. R., A spiral computer engineering lab framework. AAAS/NSF Envisioning the Future of Undergraduate STEM Education: Research and Practice Symposium (EnFUSE), 2016.
  • Rego, V., Sang, J., and Yu, C., A Fast Hybrid Approach for Stream Compaction on GPUs. International Workshop on GPU Computing and Applications, 2016.
  • Bakunas-Milanowski, D., Rego, V., Sang, J., and Yu, C., A Fast Parallel Selection Algorithm on GPUs. International Symposium on Parallel and Distributed Computing and Computational Science, 2015.
  • Bakunas-Milanowski, D., Rego, V., Sang, J., and Yu, C., An Improved Implementation of Parallel Selection on GPUs. International Symposium on Software Engineering and Applications, 2015.
  • S. Bak, K.-H. Jung, C. Yu and Y.-J. Suh, Guided Tour of Handoff Steering for Bandwidth in Indoor Venues, IEEE WCNC, 2015
  • Y. Qi, C. Yu, Y.-J. Suhand S. Y. Jang, GPS Tethering for Energy Conservation, IEEE WCNC, 2015
  • K.-H. Jung, Y. Qi, C. Yu and Y.-J. Suh, Energy Efficient Wifi Tethering on a Smartphone, IEEE INFOCOM, Toronto, Canada, April 2014.

Funded Projects

Externally funded projects in recent years:


  • CIS 492/592 Quantum Computing
  • EEC 380 Digital Systems
  • EEC 483 Computer Organization Course, EEC 485 High Performance Computer Architecture, CIS 480 Computer Architecture
  • EEC 581 Computer Architecture, CIS 580 Computer Architecture, CIS 600 Advanced Computer Architecture
  • EEC 492 Hands-on Experience on Computer System Security
  • EEC 492 Software Define Radio
  • EEC 685/785 Modeling and Performance Evaluation of Computer Systems
  • EEC 687/787 Mobile Computing

Lab info

Recent and current students:

  • Aadithyan Raghavan, Knowledge, Skill, and Ability: Equipping the Small-Medium Businesses Cybersecurity Workforce, MS Thesis, 2023 (first employment: Ford Motor Co.)

Short Bio

Prof. Chansu Yu received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Seoul National University, Korea and the Ph.D. degree in computer engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 1994. He has been with LG Electronics for more than ten years. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio. He has authored/coauthored more than 120 technical papers and numerous book chapters in the areas of mobile networking, performance evaluation and parallel and distributed computing. Dr. Yu’s research is supported by National Science Foundation and other government agencies and industry. Dr. Yu is a senior member of the ACM, IEEE and IEEE Computer Society.

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