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
chengy AT ecs DOT csus DOT edu
TEL: (916) 278-6088

Ph.D., University of Texas at San Antonio

Office Hours

M/W 4 pm - 5 pm, F 11 am - 12 pm, or by appointment (Due to COVID-19 outbreak, office hours are now online. Links available upon request.)

Research Interests

  • Access Control
  • Privacy
  • Social Networking/Computing
  • Internet of Things


Fall 2020:
  • CSC 139 Operating System Principles
  • CSC 254 Network Security
Spring 2020:
  • CSC 139 Operating System Principles
  • CSC 250 Computer Security


  • 10/9/2020: I will serve on the TPC of SaT-CPS 2021 workshop.
  • 8/12/2020: Our IRI '20 paper won the Best Paper Award. Congratulations, Kanwardeep and Shweta!
  • 8/4/2020: I will serve on the TPC of ACM CODASPY 2021.
  • 8/1/2020: I will serve on the TPC of SmartFarm 2020 workshop.
  • 6/26/2020: Our paper "An Empirical Analysis on the Usability and Security of Passwords" with Kanwardeep and Shweta has been accepted to IEEE IRI 2020.