I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine. My research interest spans software and AI security, systems security, and network security. Currently, my research focuses on security problems at the AI and software stacks in autonomous CPS and IoT systems (e.g., autonomous driving and intelligent transportation).
My works have high impacts in both academic and industry with over 30 research papers in top-tier venues in security, mobile systems, transportation, software engineering, and machine learning; a nationwide USDHS US-CERT alert, and multiple CVEs; over 50 news articles by major news media such as Forbes, Fortune, and BBC News; and vulnerability report acknowledgments from USDOT, Apple, Microsoft, Comcast, Daimler, etc. Recently, my research triggered over 25 autonomous driving companies to start security vulnerability investigations; some confirmed to work on fixes.
I serve as reviewers for various top-tier venues such as Usenix Security, ACM CCS, NDSS, TIFS, TDSC, T-ITS, etc., and co-found the AutoSec workshop (co-located with NDSS’21). I received various awards such as NSF CRII Award, NDSS’19 and NDSS’20 best poster awards, UCI Chancellor’s Award for mentoring, and UMich university-wide Distinguished Dissertation Award. My group won the champion (1st place) in the world’s first AutoDriving Security CTF organized by Baidu Security in 2020. I received my Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2018.
NSF CRII Award, NDSS’19 and NDSS’20 best poster awards, UCI Chancellor’s Award for mentoring, UMich university-wide Distinguished Dissertation Award