Yuan Cheng Assistant Professor

Short Bio

Yuan is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at California State University, Sacramento. Before that, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Institute for Cyber Security (ICS) at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), San Antonio, Texas. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Computer Science, UTSA, under the supervision of Dr. Ravi Sandhu and Dr. Jaehong Park. Prior to joining UTSA, he obtained his B.Eng. degree in Information Security from the School of Computer Sciene & Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China.

Department of Computer Science
College of Engineering & Computer Science
California State University, Sacramento
Riverside Hall, Room 5042
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819
yuan DOT cheng AT csus DOT edu
TEL: (916) 278-6088

Ph.D., University of Texas at San Antonio, 2014

Office Hours

M 2 pm - 3 pm, F 2 pm - 4 pm, or by appointment (Due to COVID-19 outbreak, office hours are now virtual. Links available upon request.)

Research Interests

  • Access Control
  • Authentication
  • Internet of Things
  • Privacy
  • Social Computing


Fall 2021:
  • CSC 139 Operating System Principles
  • CSC 154 Computer System Attacks and Countermeasures
Spring 2021:
  • CSC 139 Operating System Principles


  • 8/9/2021: Our paper "Learning Password Modification Patterns with Recurrent Neural Networks" with Alex and Haiquan has been accepted to SKM 2021.
  • 2/22/2021: I will serve on the TPC of IEEE BDS 2021.
  • 2/14/2021: Our paper "Analyzing the Efficiency of Lightweight Symmetric Ciphers on IoT Devices" with Jericho, Tran, Angelica, and Ong has been accepted to CSCSU 2021.
  • 2/5/2021: Our paper "A Data-based Protocol for One-way Trust in Inter-vehicular Communication" with Stephen has been accepted to SaT-CPS 2021.
  • 11/29/2020: I will serve on the TPC of SKM 2021.