Dr Chao Chen is currently a Senior Lecturer in Cybersecurity at College of Science and Engineering. He received his PhD degree in Information Technology from Deakin University in 2017. From 2016 to 2018, he worked as a Data Scientist at Telstra to create customer value from huge and heterogeneous data sources using advanced analytics and big data techniques. He then worked at Swinburne Unversity of Technology as a Research Scientist from 2018 to 2020. He is conducting interdisciplinary research between cybersecurity and artificial intelligence (AI), such as AI for cybersecurity and security issues in AI models. He has published more than 20 research papers in refereed international journals and conferences, such as IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security (TIFS), Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS) and ACM Asia Conference on Computer & Communications Security (ASIACCS). One of his papers was the featured article of that issue (IT Professional Mar.-Apr. 2016).

  • Security and Privacy in AI
  • Software Vulnerability Analysis
  • Network Traffic Analysis
  • Insider Threat Detection
  • IoT Security
  • 2020 to present - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University
  • 2018 to 2020 - Research Scientist, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2016 to 2018 - Data Scientist, Telstra
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2013 - Vice Chancellor Price - Deakin University

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Defending AI based FinTech Systems against Model Extraction Attacks

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$90,000 over 3 years (administered by Swinburne University of Technology)
This project aims to develop new methods for defending artificial intelligence (AI) based FinTech systems from highly potent and insidious model extraction attacks whereby an adversary can steal the AI model from the system to cause intellectual property (IP) violation, business advantage disruption, and financial loss. This can be achieved by examining various attack models, creating active and utility-preserving defences, and inventing non-removable watermarks on AI models. The outcomes are new tools for securing AI-based FinTech systems before deployment and tools for IP violation forensics post-deployment. Such capabilities are beneficial by improving the security and safety of FinTech systems and other nationally critical AI systems.
Sheng Wen, Yang Xiang and Chao Chen (Swinburne University of Technology and College of Science & Engineering)
Fintech; Cybersecurity; Artificial Intelligence; Model Extraction Attacks

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  • Defending against Cyber-attacks targeting AI-enabled Applications in Industry 4.0 (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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