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Yunsi Fei received her BS and MS degrees in Electronic Engineering from Tsinghua University, China in 1997 and 1999, respectively, and her PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in 2004. She was a faculty member at University of Connecticut until Sept. 2011 when she joined the faculty of Northeastern University. She is presently a professor of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Northeastern. Her research and educational activities have been in the area of Computer Engineering, spanning energy-efficient embedded system design and optimization, secure computer architecture and systems, adaptive networking for underwater sensor networks, etc. She was a recipient of NSF CAREER award.


  • PhD, Princeton University, 2004. Joined Northeastern in 2011.

Research & Scholarship Interests

Computer architecture, embedded systems, hardware-oriented security, design automation, mobile computing, underwater sensor networks
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College Research Initiatives

Honors & Awards

  • 2015 COE Faculty Fellow
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award

Selected Publications

  • C. Luo, Y. Fei, L. Zhang, A.A. Ding, P. Luo, S. Mukherjee, D. Kaeli, Power Analysis Attack of an AES GPU Implementation, Springer J. Hardware & System Security (HASS), 2(1), 2018, 69-82
  • P. Luo, K. Athanasiou, Y. Fei, T. Wahl, Algebraic Fault Analysis of SHA-3 Under Relaxed Fault Models, IEEE Trans. on Information Forensics and Security, 13(7), 2018
  • Y. Han, Y. Fei, TARS: A Traffic-Adaptive Receiver-Synchronized Medium Access Control Protocol for Underwater Sensor Networks, ACM Trans. On Sensor Networks (TOSN), vol. 13(4), 2017, 27:1-27:25
  • Z. Jiang, Y. Fei, A Novel Cache Bank Timing Attack, ACM Int. Conf. Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD), Nov. 2017.
  • P. Luo, K. Anthansiou, L.Zhang, Z. Jiang, Y. Fei, A.A. Ding, T. Wahl, A First Step Towards Automatic Compiler Assisted Threshold Implementation Design, IEEE Int. Conf. on Computer Design (ICCD), 2017
  • A. Adam Ding, L. Zhang, F. Durvaux, F-X. Standaert, Y. Fei, Toward Sound and Optimal Leakage Detection Procedure, Smart Card Research and Advanced Application Conference (CARDIS), 2017
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Related News

July 11, 2019

ECE Professor Yunsi Fei, Assistant Professor Xue (Shelley) Lin, and Khoury Associate Professor Thomas Wahl were awarded a $1.2M NSF grant for "Protecting Confidentiality and Integrity of Deep Neural Networks against Side-Channel and Fault Attacks".

November 9, 2017

ECE PhD student Mohammad Khavari-Tavana won the best paper award at the 35th IEEE International Conference on Computer Design (ICCD).

June 13, 2017

Associate Professors Andrews Gouldstone (MIE) and Yunsi Fei (ECE) weigh in on using biometrics such as facial recognition and fingerprint scans at airports.

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