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Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY USA


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Hi! This is Wei Yang, a PhD student in University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I am advised by Prof. Carl A. Gunter and Prof. Tao Xie. I am a member of Illinois Security Laband Illinois Software Engineering Research Group. I received an M.S. in Computer Science from North Carolina State University in 2013, advised by Prof. Tao Xie, and a B.E. in Software Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2011, advised by Prof. Jianjun Zhao.


Research Interests

(Refer to my CV to find more)

My primary research interest is software engineering and security. My past research experience spans the spectrum from automated testing (ORBIT), through text analysis (WHYPERPluto), tomalware detection (AppContext). I am generally interested in tools and techniques for helping programmers test and write bug-free and secure mobile applications. I am recently focused on usingprogram analysisnatural language processing techniques and cognitive analysis to bridge the gap between user perceptions and app behaviors in mobile applications.


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  • PhD candidate, in Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, since 2013
  • Master of Science, in Computer Science, Department of Computer Science, North Carolina State University, 2013
  • Bachelor of Engineering, in Software Engineering, School of Software, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 2011
  • Bachelor of Business, in Accounting, Antai College of Economics & Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 2011


Working Experience

Research Intern, Mobile Enterprise Software Group, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, 05/2016-present  Mentor: Peng Liu; Manager: Marco Pistoia

Research Intern, Computing Science Innovation Center, Samsung Research America, 05/2015-08/2015  Mentor: Deguang KongBin Liu; Manager: Hongxia Jin

Research Intern, Trusted Systems Innovation Group, Fujitsu Lab of America, 05/2014-08/2014, 05/2013-08/2013, 05/2012-08/2012  Mentor: Mukul Prasad

ETL Engineer, Data Platform & Delivery Team, eBay Inc., 07/2010 –06/2011  Mentor: Daniel Zhang


Academic Activities

  •          Artifact Evaluation Committee  ECOOP 2015; ISSTA 2016; OOPSLA 2016
  •          Shadow PC IEEE S&P 2016; Eurosys 2016
  •          External Review  ASE 2012; ISSTA 2012; ISSTA 2013; SPLASH 2013; MSR 2014; ICST 2014; ICSE 2015; ICST 2015; ASE 2015; CCS 2015; ICSE 2016; IEEE S&P 2016; ASIACCS 2016; FSE 2016
  •          Academic Conference Volunteer CCS 2012; FSE 2012; POPL 2016


Other Talks

o   Wei Yang.

Improving Mobile Application Security via Bridging User Expectations and Application Behaviors.

In 10th CSL student conference, Champaign, IL, Feburary 2015. [Talk]

o   Wei Yang.

AppContext: Differentiating Malicious and Benign Mobile App Behaviors Using Context.

At SRI International, Menlo Park, CA, July 2015. [Talk]

o   Wei Yang, Wing Lam.

Validating Application Behavior against User Expectations.

In QualComm Innovation Fellowship Final, San Diego, CA, March 2016. [Talk] [Video]



  •          Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship Finalist  QInF 2016
  •          Travel Grant MVD 2015; RWC 2016; VMCAI 2016; POPL 2016



  • My working log.
  • I was born in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. I graduated from Wuhan Foreign Languages School (武汉外国语学校). My girlfriend Yan Zhao were from Shanghai. We have been together since her first year in SJTU.
  • My English name is David, which is given by my mum who is an English teacher.
  • When I'm bored, I read Dijkstra's manuscript and TAOCP for fun.
  • Besides research, I love soccer very much, and I am a fan of AC Milan. I was member of soccer team and badminton team when I was in SJTU. Contact me if you also like to play!
  • My favorite novel is Wuxu Biji. 务虚笔记 (lit. "Notes on Principles"). By Shi Tiesheng
  • For anyone who wanna make friends or discuss problem with me, please drop me an email for requesting my MSN, GTalk or Skype ID, and tell me yours:-)