General Information

Full Name He, Pengfei


  • 2022-present
    Computer Science PhD
    Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Michigan State University, Michigan, USA
  • 2020-present
    Statistics PhD
    Department of Statistics and Probability, Michigan State University, Michigan, USA
  • 2019-2020
    Statistics M.S.
    Department of Statistics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, USA
  • 2015-2019
    Mathematics B.S.
    Department of Statistics, Nankai University, Tianjin, China

Honors and Awards

  • 2022
    • CIKM-2022 Student Registration Award
  • 2022
    • KDD-2022 Student Registration Award
  • 2021
    • Awarded the Professor James Stapleton Prize in Statistics, Michigan State University
  • 2016
    • Recipient of Second Prize, Nankai University


  • 2023
    • Visiting research student at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST)
  • 2022
    • Research Scientist at James Madison College, Michigan State university

Academic Interests

  • Adversarial learning.
    • Data poisoning attack and defense
    • Model robustness and generalization
    • Data poisoning
  • Machine learning & Statistics.
    • Deep model expressiveness and overfitting
    • High-dimensional statistics
  • Generative models.
    • Diffusion models. Watermark and backdoor attacks.
    • LLMs. Backdoor attack for in-context learning; Jailbreak attacks.


  • PC member/reviewer for AAAI2022, KDD2023, AAAI2023, SDM2023, PAKDD2023, SDM2024, ICDM2023, TKDE, TKDD.
  • SPC for TKDD.
  • Volunteer for KDD2022

Other Interests

  • Fitness; Tennis; Basketball; Badminton
  • Anime; Manga; Pop&Classic
  • Video games!!!