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Contact Information

Name: Xiaoyan (Mindy) Sun

Title: Assistant Professor

Office Location: RVR 5050

Office Phone: (916) 278-6946

Courses That I Teach


I am Xiaoyan (Mindy) Sun, a Ph.D. ABD at College of Information Sciences and Technology, Pennsylvania State University. My advisor is Dr. Peng Liu. I got my Master's Degree in Information Science and Technology from University of Science and Technology of China in 2010, and my Bachelor's Degree in Electrical and Information Engineering from Shandong Normal University in 2007.

My current research covers several areas of cyber security, including enterprise-level network and distributed system security, cloud security, and cyber situational awareness, etc. The involved subjects include operating system level information flow tracking, vulnerability analysis and intrusion detection, probabilistic uncertainty analysis, and cyber situation knowledge integration, and so on.

Based on my background in electrical engineering and intelligent transportation systems (ITS), I am also interested in the security of cyber physical systems, Internet of Things, and other related areas such as inter-vehicle communication (IVC) networks.

Research Projects/Interests

Cyber Security Research Projects

Other Topics


Conference/Journal Papers

  • Xiaoyan Sun, Anoop Singhal, Peng Liu, “Who Touched My Mission: Towards Probabilistic Mission Impact Assessment”, SafeConfig: Automated Decision Making for Active Cyber Defense (Collocated with ACM CCS 2015), Denver, Colorado, USA, 2015.
  • Xiaoyan Sun, Jun Dai, Anoop Singhal, Peng Liu, “Inferring the Stealthy Bridges between Enterprise Network Islands in Cloud Using Cross-Layer Bayesian Networks”, 10th International Conference on Security and Privacy in Communication Networks (SecureComm), Beijing, China, 2014. (Best Paper Award Nomination.)[PDF]
  • Jun Dai, Xiaoyan Sun, Peng Liu, “Patrol: Revealing Zero-day Attack Paths through Network-wide System Object Dependencies”, 18th European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS), RHUL, Egham, U.K., 2013 (Acceptance ratio: 17.8%).[PDF]
  • Xiaoyan Sun, Jun Dai, Peng Liu,“SKRM: Where Techniques Talk to Each Other”, IEEE International Multi-Disciplinary Conference on Cognitive Methods in Situation Awareness and Decision Support (CogSIMA), San Diego, USA, 2013. Short Paper.
  • Jun Dai, Xiaoyan Sun, Peng Liu, Nicklaus Giacobe, “Gaining Big Picture Awareness through an Interconnected Cross-layer Situation Knowledge Reference Model”, 2012 ASE International Conference on Cyber Security, Washington DC, USA, 2012 (Acceptance ratio: 9.6%).[PDF]
  • Xiaoyan Sun, Yuanlv Bao, Jun Dai, Wei Lu, Zhe Wang, “Performance Analysis of Inter-vehicle Communications in Multilane Dynamic Traffic Streams”, IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference (VNC), Tokyo, Japan, 2009.[PDF]
  • Xiaoyan Sun, Yuanlv Bao, Wei Lu, Jun Dai, Zhe Wang, “A Study on Performance of Inter-Vehicle Communications in Bidirectional Traffic Streams”, International Conference on Future Networks (ICFN), Sanya, China, 2010.[PDF]
  • Wei Lu, Yuanlv Bao, Xiaoyan Sun, Zhe Wang, “Performance Evaluation of Inter-vehicle Communication in a Unidirectional Dynamic Traffic Flow with Shockwave”, International Workshop on Communication Technologies for Vehicles, Oct 2009.[PDF]
  • Xiaoyan Sun, Ping Huang, “Class Teaching of Electronic Circuits Based on Multisim”, Modern Electronics Technique, Issue 24, 2006. Journal Paper. In Chinese.

Book Chapter/Book

  • Xiaoyan Sun, Jun Dai, Anoop Singhal, Peng Liu, “Enterprise Cyber Situation Awareness”, Springer LNCS, Book Chapter. Accepted, to Appear.
  • Yanjun Liu, Zhen’an Liu, Xiaoyan Sun, “C Programming Language Practice Tutorial”, China Machine Press. ISBN: 7111250532, 9787111250531 2009. Book. In Chinese.

Degree Thesis

  • Xiaoyan Sun,“A Study on Performances of Bidirectional and Multilane Inter-vehicle Communication Networks”, Thesis for Master’s Degree, 2010. In Chinese.
  • Xiaoyan Sun, “Tire Pressure Monitoring System”, Thesis for Bachelor’s Degree, 2007. In Chinese.

Honors and Awards

  • 2015 Graduate Student Travel Award, College of IST, Penn State University
  • 2014 University Office of Global Programs Graduate Travel Grant, Penn State University
  • 2014 Graduate Student Travel Award, College of IST, Penn State University
  • 2010 Outstanding Graduate Award, University of Science and Technology of China
  • 2009 Guanghua Education Scholarship, University of Science and Technology of China
  • 2009 Outstanding Student Award, National Graduate Summer School of Transportation Engineering
  • 2008 Guanghua Education Scholarship, University of Science and Technology of China
  • 2008 Silver Award of Anhui Province, "Challenge Cup" National College Business Plan Competition
  • 2007 Outstanding Graduate Award, honored by Shandong Province Government
  • 2007 Outstanding Graduate Award, Shandong Normal University
  • 2006 The Second Place Award, "Sunplus Cup" National Undergraduate Electronic Design Contest, Shandong Province
  • 2005 Scholarship of Shandong Province Government
  • 2005 The Second Place Award of Shandong Normal University, "Challenge Cup", National Extracurricular Scientific Work Competition
  • 2003-2007 The First Prize Scholarship, Shandong Normal University, Every Academic Year
  • 2003-2007 Excellent Student Cadre Award, Excellent Student Award, Every Academic Year