- ME, Huazhong University of Science and Technology
- BE, Huazhong University of Science and Technology
- Hometown: Yichang, China
- Field of Study: Information Security
- PhD Advisor: Long Lu
What are the specifics of your graduate education (thus far)?
I have applied both static and dynamic methods to detecting concurrency bugs in user space programs. I also have experience with privacy-preserving computing namely, applying homomorphic encryption to make popular multi-media application e.g. JPEG preserve privacy.
What are your research interests in a bit more detail? Is your current academic/research path what you always had in mind for yourself, or has it evolved somewhat? If so, how/why?
I have always been interested in software and computer system security. Namely, the root cause of the vulnerabilities in current computer systems even if the software is carefully designed and why it’s so hard to eliminate these vulnerabilities. This is a very fundamental question vital for today’s IT’s era.
What’s one problem you’d like to solve with your research/work?
I basically want to push the boundaries of current state-of-the-art vulnerabilities detection methods (i.e. developing robust scalable accurate approach that can detect as many vulnerabilities as possible), while catching up with the current advanced vulnerability mitigation techniques.
What aspect of what you do is most interesting/fascinating to you? What aspects of your research (findings, angles, problems you’re solving) might surprise others?
I think the most interesting but also challenging, part of my research is modeling all the faults/ bugs that can occur in software, and define or abstract them in a way that is as neat and precise as possible. Also implementing them is also very fun (to me).
I think the most shocking thing about my research is that, despite the campaign against software vulnerabilities that has been going on for decades, there are still so many in the wild.
What are your research/career goals, going forward?
Hopefully, after finishing my PhD here, I will become a research professor or a researcher, which would enable me to keep dealing with interesting security issues.
Where did you grow up/spend the most defining years of your childhood/young adulthood?
I think the most defining year which drove me to research is when I had my internship with my mentor in MSRA in Beijing while pursuing my Masters. It was my first time to solve real-world problems with the knowledge I learned from school. And my mentor showed me how interesting this is, and this boosted my confidence when facing really hard problems.
Where did you study for your undergraduate degree? Any reason in particular behind your choice (a program you were excited about, a city you love, a researcher you wanted to work with)?
I had my undergraduate degree in Wuhan, China. My college (CS college) during that time was famous for having a vibe of programmers, this inspired my interests for programming as well.