Xiyu Kang

PhD student

Office: GS 749

Interests: Computer Security


I grew up in Beijing, China. After finished my bachelor's degree in a local university, Beijing University of Technology(BJUT), I enrolled in the computer science program in University of Arizona(UA). Now I'm a first-year PhD student. Both in BJUT and UA, I major in computer security.

​​​​​Research Interests

My current research focuses on Computer Security. In particular, I'm interested in finding ways of automatically and efficiently crafting exploits for various vulnerabilities such as compiler vulnerabilities. Besides, I'm also interested in web security, network security, and machine learning.

What long-term project do you want to work on?

Currently, I'm working on a long-term project: Building an automatic exploit generation(AEG) system for vulnerabilities in JIT compilers. Besides, I'm also willing to work on projects relating to building security/exploit system with machine learning methods.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

There are two sides in security: attackers and defenders. No matter which side I take, my work always gives me a feeling of competition. More importantly, my work enhances the security of the real and virtual world.

What are your career goals

My current career goal is to start up a company, after having some work experience in the industry world and figuring out what I really want to do. Things will be clearer with time.

​​​​Tell us something interesting about yourself!

Sports are what my body is good at. Music is how my heart sounds. The world is where my body and heart long for! After graduation, I plan for myself a trip around the world: from North America to South America, Oceania, Africa, Europe and Asia!