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Ziqiang Ren is a PhD student in the computer science program at Northeastern University, advised by Professors Long Lu and Engin Kirda. His research is mainly focused on software and system security, and he is currently interested in autonomous car security. Prior to joining CCIS, Ziqiang earned his Bachelor’s in Automation from Xi’an Jiaotong University.


  • BEng, Xi’an Jiaotong University – China

About Me

  • Hometown: Baoding, China
  • Field of Study: Computer System Security
  • PhD Advisors: Long Lu and Engin Kirda

What are the specifics of your graduate education (thus far)?

In the coming first year of my PhD study, I plan to do research in autonomous car security, that’s to say, to help users keep control of the autonomous car, make sure the functions/services work well, protect the car from potential hacking.

What are your research interests?

In my undergraduate study, I have done some minor research works in multiple topics, such as robotics, security, and even computer vision. But what I find most interesting and promising is computer system security.

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

Currently, it’s to make the autonomous car system more reliable and secure.

What aspect of what you do is most interesting?

“Search and destroy” the vulnerabilities in computer system.

What are your research or career goals, going forward?

Not decided yet. But at this time I’d like to say industry and academia are both okay.