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IEEE ISI 2021 Program Schedule

All times are in US central daylight time.


Day 1, Tuesday, November 2


Time (CDT/GMT-5)


9:00 AM – 10:20 AM

Opening and Keynote


Opening Remarks: ISI 2021 Honorary Chair: Dr. Nicole Beebe, Department of ISCS, UTSA


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Vyas Sekar, Tan Family Professor of ECE, CMU

Title: (How) Can Programmable Networks Help Reverse Attacker-Defender Asymmetry?


10:20 AM – 10:30 AM

Session Break

10:30 AM – 11:50 AM

Cyber Threat Intelligence [Session Chair: Elias Bou-Harb]


Paper: Cyber Security Threat Intelligence Monitoring and Classification

Authors: Bo-Xiang Wang, Jiann-Liang Chen and Chiao-Lin Yu


Paper: Leveraging Open Threat Exchange (OTX) to Understand Spatio-Temporal Trends of Cyber Threats: Covid-19 Case Study

Authors: Othmane Cherqi, Hicham Hammouchi, Mounir Ghogho and Houda Benbrahim


Paper: Tracing Relevant Twitter Accounts Active in Cyber Threat Intelligence Domain by Exploiting Content and Structure of Twitter Network

Authors: Avishek Bose, Shreya Gopal Sundari, Vahid Behzadan and William H. Hsu


11:50 AM – 12:20 PM

Lunch Break

12:20 PM – 1:50 PM

Socio-technical Perspectives (1) [Session Chair: Victor Benjamin]


Paper: A Central Opinion Extraction Framework for Boosting Performance on Sentiment Analysis *

Authors: Yuan Tian, Nan Xu and Wenji Mao


Paper: The Utility in Conjoint Analysis as a Fast Expert Elicitation Technique

Authors: Brett Jefferson, Natalie Heller, Joseph Cottam, Nhuy Van and George Chin Jr


Paper: Differences in Geographic Profiles When Using Street Routing Versus Manhattan Distances in Buffer Zone Radii Calculations

Authors: Stefano Stamato, Andrew Park, Brian Eng, Valerie Spicer, Herbert H. Tsang and D. Kim Rossmo


1:50 PM – 2:00 PM

Session Break

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Dark Web Analytics [Session Chair: Anthony Rios]


Paper: Exploring the Evolution of Exploit-Sharing Hackers:  An Unsupervised Graph Embedding Approach

Authors: Kaeli Otto, Benjamin Ampel, Sagar Samtani, Hongyi Zhu and Hsinchun Chen


Paper: Exploring Differences Among Darknet and Surface Internet Hacking Communities

Authors: Zhiyuan Ding, Victor Benjamin, Weifeng Li and Xueyan Yin


Paper: Distilling Contextual Embeddings Into A Static Word Embedding for Improving Hacker Forum Analytics

Authors: Benjamin Ampel and Hsinchun Chen


3:15 PM – 3:25 PM

Session Break

3:25 PM – 4:25 PM

Adversarial Machine Learning (1) [Session Chair: Hongyi Zhu]


Paper: Attacking DNN-based Cross-modal Retrieval Hashing Framework with Adversarial Perturbations

Authors: Xingwei Zhang, Xiaolong Zheng and Wenji Mao


Paper: Single-Shot Black-Box Adversarial Attacks Against Malware Detectors: A Causal Language Model Approach

Authors: James Hu, Mohammadreza Ebrahimi and Hsinchun Chen


Cybersecurity Education & Incident Provisioning (1) [Session Chair: Elias Bou-Harb]


Paper: Emotional Analysis of Learning Cybersecurity with Games

Authors: Maria Valero, Lei Li, Hossain Shahriar, Shahriar Sobhan, Michael Handlin and Jinghua Zhang


Paper: Towards a Data-Driven Recommender System for Handling Ransomware and Similar Incidents

Authors: Martin Husák


4:25 PM – 4:35 PM

Session Break

4:35 PM – 5:35 PM

Adversarial Machine Learning (2) [Session Chair: Hongyi Zhu]


Paper: Generating Optimal Attack Paths in Generative Adversarial Phishing

Authors: Rayah Alqurashi, Ahmed Aleroud, Ahmad Saifan, Mohammad Alsmadi and Izzat Alsmadi


Paper: Adversarial Deep Reinforcement Learning Enabled Threat Analytics Framework for Constrained Spatio-Temporal Movement Intelligence Data

Authors: Jalal Ghadermazi, Soumyadeep Hore, Dinesh Sharma and Ankit Shah

Cybersecurity Education & Incident Provisioning (2) [Session Chair: Elias Bou-Harb]


Paper: Feature-Level Fusion of Super-App and Telecommunication Alternative Data Sources for Credit Card Fraud Detection

Authors: Jaime D. Acevedo-Viloria, Sebastián Soriano Pérez, Jesus Solano, David Zarruk-Valencia, Fernando G. Paulin and Alejandro Correa-Bahnsen


Paper: Verbal Deception Cues Training for the Detection of Phishing Emails

Authors: Jaewan Lim, Lina Zhou and Dongsong Zhang


5:35 PM – 5:45 PM

Day 1 Closing Remarks


Day 2, Wednesday, November 3


Time (CDT/GMT-5)


9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Socio-technical Perspectives (2) [Session Chair: Lina Zhou]


Paper: Credible Influence Analysis in Mass Media Using Causal Inference

Authors: Zizhen Deng, Xiaolong Zheng, Zifan Ye, Zhen Cai and Daniel Dajun Zeng


Paper: Domain-oriented News Recommendation in Security Applications *

Authors: Ying Sun, Qingchao Kong, Luwen Huangfu and Jin Pan


Deep Learning for Cyber Forensics (1) [Session Chair: Hongyi Zhu]


Paper: Boosting Hidden Graph Node Classification for Large Social Networks

Authors: Hanxuan Yang, Qingchao Kong, Wenji Mao and Lei Wang


Paper: Identifying and Categorizing Malicious Content on Paste Sites: A Neural Topic Modeling Approach

Authors: Tala Vahedi, Benjamin Ampel, Sagar Samtani and Hsinchun Chen


10:00 AM – 10:10 AM

Session Break

10:10 AM – 11:10 AM



Keynote Speaker: Dr. James Joshi, University of Pittsburgh and NSF SaTC Program Director, CISE/CNS

Title: SaTC Program Overview & Privacy - Challenges and Directions


11:10 AM – 11:20 AM

Session Break

11:20 AM – 12:20 PM

Socio-technical Perspectives (3) [Session Chair: Lina Zhou]


Paper: Identifying Corporate Political Trends Online

Authors: Alan Michaels, Lauren Maunder, Joshua Lyons, Lauren Anderson, Joseph Harrison, Brian Timana-Gomez, Kiernan George and Paul O'Donnell


Paper: Quantifying Use and Abuse of Personal Information

Authors: Alan Michaels, Joshua Lyons, Joseph Harrison, Lauren Maunder, Lauren Anderson, Kiernan George and Paul O'Donnell


Deep Learning for Cyber Forensics (2) [Session Chair: Anthony Rios]


Paper: Automated PII Extraction from Social Media for Raising Privacy Awareness: A Deep Transfer Learning Approach *

Authors: Yizhi Liu, Fang Yu Lin, Mohammadreza Ebrahimi, Weifeng Li and Hsinchun Chen


Paper: Mining User’s Opinion Towards the Rising and Falling Trends of the Stock Market: A Hybrid Model

Authors: Haoda Qian, Liping Chen, Qiwen Zha and Qiudan Li



12:20 PM – 12:50 PM

Lunch Break

12:50 PM – 1:00 PM

Award Announcement

1:00 PM – 2:20 PM

Attack Detection and Analysis (1) [Session Chair: Victor Benjamin]


Paper: Analysis and Detection of Application-independent Slow Denial of Service Cyber Attacks

Authors: Marek Sikora, Radek Fujdiak and Jiri Misurec


Paper: Intrusion Detection for Industrial Control Systems by Machine Learning using Privileged Information

Authors: Moojan Pordelkhaki, Shereen Fouad and Mark Josephs


Paper: User Role Identification in Software Vulnerability Discussions over Social Networks

Authors: Rebecca Jones, Daniel Fortin, Samrat Chatterjee, Dennis Thomas and Lisa Newburn


2:20 PM – 2:30 PM

Session Break

2:30 PM – 3:50 PM

Attack Detection and Analysis (2) [Session Chair: Victor Benjamin]


Paper: Cyber-Physical System Security Surveillance using Knowledge Graph based Digital Twins - A Smart Farming Usecase

Authors: Sai Sree Laya Chukkapalli, Nisha Pillai, Sudip Mittal and Anupam Joshi


Paper: A Systematic Evaluation of EM and Power Side-Channel Analysis Attacks on AES Implementations

Authors: Vishnuvardhan Iyer, Meizhi Wang, Jaydeep Kulkarni and Ali Yilmaz


Paper: Behaviors of Unwarranted Password Identification via Shoulder-Surfing during Mobile Authentication

Authors: Lina Zhou, Kanlun Wang, Jianwei Lai and Dongsong Zhang


3:50 PM – 4:00 PM

Session Break

4:00 PM – 5:20 PM

COVID-19 Intervention for Cybersecurity [Session Chair: Anthony Rios]


Paper: Extracting Impacts of Non-pharmacological Interventions for COVID-19 From Modelling Study

Authors: Yunrong Yang, Zhidong Cao, Pengfei Zhao, Dajun Daniel Zeng, Qingpeng Zhang and Yin Luo


Paper: Evaluating the Impact of Vaccination on COVID-19 Pandemic Used a Hierarchical Weighted Contact Network Model

Authors: Tianyi Luo, Zhidong Cao, Pengfei Zhao, Dajun Daniel Zeng and Qingpeng Zhang


Paper: Characterization of Domestic Violence through Self-disclosure in Social Media: A Case Study of the Time of COVID-19

Authors: Abdulrahman Aldkheel, Lina Zhou and Kanlun Wang


5:20 PM – 5:30 PM

Conference Closing Remarks: Dr. Elias Bou-Harb, UTSA