Professor Qi Alfred Chen in the Computer Science (CS) department of the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at University of California, Irvine (UCI) is hiring motivated PhD students in the area of network and systems security, especially in emerging IoT/CPS systems such as self-driving cars (link1, link2), intelligent transportation (link1, link2), and smart homes (link1, link2).
Professor Chen is an expert in discovering and fixing security problems in emerging technologies such as smartphone, smart home, and smart transportation. His work has found multiple security flaws in both computer systems such as Android and smart traffic light system, and computer network protocols such as in TCP and DNS. These results led to a U.S. DHS (Department of Homeland Security) US-CERT Alert, multiple CVEs (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures) and Android bug tracking records, and email acknowledgements from security teams in Apple, Microsoft, and Comcast. His research was published in all the top-tier systems security conferences (IEEE S&P, Usenix Security, CCS, and NDSS), and covered in more than 50 news articles by major technology new media such as Fortune, Ars Technica, CNET News, BBC News, Wired, etc. More details can be found in his webpage at https://www.ics.uci.edu/~alfchen/.
Any students with strong background on the system and/or networking knowledge, or with good programming or reverse engineering skills are encouraged to apply. Security background, static or dynamic program analysis, sensor/analog security, and/or adversarial machine learning experiences are not required but big pluses. If you are interested in practical security problems and enjoy hacking, the position would be an excellent fit.
UCI is ranked #35 in US universities (#8 in public universities) by U.S. News & World in 2020. The CS department is ranked #30 by U.S. News & World based on reputation, and ranked #23 by CSRanking (https://csrankings.org) based on research publications. Irvine is a perfect place to pursue a Ph.D.: it not only is safe (one of safest city in US for the 13th year) and convenient to live (next to Los Angeles so has the best food from different countries and shopping malls across US), but also has super enjoyable weather (alway sunny) and surrounding attractions to achieve great work-life balance (close to all the top theme parks such as Disneyland and Universal Studio, and the best beaches around the world).
All applications need to be submitted through the official admission website, with the deadline at 12/15/2020. However, if you have questions or are really interested in the research topics and want to introduce yourself, you can drop your CV and transcript (unofficial is fine) at email@example.com.