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Liang Zhang

PhD Student

Liang Zhang


Office Location

440 Huntington Avenue
266 West Village H
Boston, MA 02115


Liang Zhang is currently a 5th year PhD student at Northeastern University. Liang’s research is primarily in the areas of distributed systems and networking, and he is a part of the Social Networks Group and Networked Systems Research Group at Northeastern. His research spans measurement, security, and systems building, and his recent work is centered on cloud computing, aiming to build a new computing model for long-lived but mostly-idle applications. He earned his undergraduate degree in computer science at South China Agricultural University.


  • BS, College of Informatics, South China Agricultural University

About Me

  • Hometown: Zhanjiang, Guangdong, China
  • Field of Study: Distributed systems and networking
  • PhD Advisor: Alan Mislove

What are the specifics of your graduate education?

My research is based on rethinking the architecture of the web and cloud computing services.  In the web, I have been leveraging the advances in web browsers to provide new architectures for web services.  In cloud computing, I’m developing a new approach to selling cloud computation that provides a better fit for end-user processes.

What are your research interests?

My research focuses on the fundamental of the web, such as: how content is being served, and, can we provide users with greater control and privacy over their data? Driven by these questions, my work involves building new types of applications that protect user privacy while being economically feasible for end users.

What’s one problem you’d like to solve with your research/work?

Provide end users with greater control and privacy over their data, and bring the benefits of cloud computing to them as well.

What aspect of what you do is most interesting?

As a graduate student, the best part is I can work on interesting and challenge research problems.

What are your research or career goals, going forward?

Ideally, I’d like to be involved in both research and actual product engineering. I enjoy having one foot in the world of building products that end-users will enjoy while keep the other foot in the world of research, where I investigate new ways of solving problems.