Tianyin Xu

Assistant Professor

Department of Computer Science
(Courtesy appointment by ECE)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
4108 Siebel Center (direction)
tyxu at illinois dot edu || @tianyin_xu (huh?)

Assistant: Ruth Anders (rutha at illinois dot edu)


$ echo "Join us on UIUC SysNet Slack channels: uiuc-sysnet.slack.com."
$ echo "Check out CS CARES and reach out to us, especially when you need help!"
$ echo "Please consider contributing to SIGOPS Blog."
$ echo "I co-organize UIUC Systems Reading Group and Software Engineering Seminar."
$ whoami

This is Tianyin, a watchman in the cornfields who tries to do relevant systems research. More professionally, I am an ass prof in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). I'm also affiliated with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UIUC.

Before joining UIUC, I spent a year at Facebook's Core Systems, working on dealing with datacenter failures and eating free food (see my interview by Facebook). I spent six wonderful years at sysnet at the University of California San Diego until my rock star advisor kicked me out (I wished to be a tenured grad student1). I worked with NetApp to study production data ontap. I had a short experience at Whova where I learned dedication (check out Whova's resources for organizing conferences). I worked in Germany and backpacked Europe for 1.5 years at Goettingen before starting my grad school.

As a "professor", my meta-advice is to be serious and sincere to life and work. Winter is coming! Don't fight a fake war or someone else's war. Fight for what matters to the living or the dead.

I am a part of CS CARES. If you need help, please don't hesitate to reach out -- you'll never walk alone.

1 I am constantly looking for such a job. Please contact me if you have or know one.

$ head research_interests

The goal of my research is to make computer systems reliable and secure, especially those operating at the cloud and datacenter scale. My mission is to help today's systems defend against all kinds of errors and defects, such as software bugs, configuration errors, and design flaws. I am very happy that some of our work helps improve reliability of real-world systems (check out bugs we detected/fixed).

I am interested in all kinds of black magic. My view of systems research is to build the right swords to fight the dragon (not windmills).

$ ls -l publication

lrwxrwxrwx 1 tianyin tianyin 4 Feb 30 12:61 publication -> pub.html

$ cat teaching

CS 598(XU): Reliability of Cloud-Scale Systems (Fall 18) (Spring 19) (Spring 22)

CS 523: Advanced Operating Systems (Fall 19) (Fall 20) (Fall 21) (Spring 23)

CS 423: Operating System Design (Spring 20) (Fall 22) (Fall 23)

CS 591(SN): Systems Reading Group (Spring 19) (Fall 19) (Spring 20) (Fall 20) (Spring 21) (Fall 21) (Spring 22) (Fall 22) (Spring 23) (Fall 23)

CS 591(SE): Software Engineering Seminar (Fall 19) (Spring 20) (Fall 20) (Spring 21) (Fall 21) (Spring 22) (Fall 22)

$ head awards

2023 Gilles Muller Best Artifact Award at EuroSys'23

2023 (Spring) UIUC List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent (for CS 523)

2022 Intel Rising Star Faculty Award

2022 NSF CAREER Award

2021 Facebook Academic of the Month

2021 Best Student Paper Award at SIGCOMM'21

2021 SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Award at FSE'21

2021 SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Award at ISSTA'21

2021 (Fall) UIUC List of Teachers Ranked as Outstanding (for CS 591DS)

2020 Facebook Distributed Systems Research Award

2020 Best Paper Award at ASPLOS'20

2020 (Fall) UIUC List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent (for CS 523)

2019 Best Demo Award at MobiCom'19

2019 (Fall) UIUC List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent (for CS 523)

2019 (Spring) UIUC List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent (for CS 598)

2018 (Fall) UIUC List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent (for CS 598)

2017 UCSD CSE Doctoral Award for Research

2016 Jay Lepreau Best Paper Award at OSDI'16

2010 Erasmus Mundus LiSUM Scholarship

2009 Best Paper Award at International Conference on Communications

$ cat impact

The Sieve team is spotlighted by CS news

Sieve is covered by VMware Office of CTO Blog and is endorsed by Kit Colbert (VMware CTO)

Cozart is selected as a 2022 CACM Research Highlight article: pdf

Sieve is selected for presentation at KubeCon and CloudNativeCon

Sam and Wenyu are spotlighted in CS news

YiFei is spotlighted by both ECE news and CS news

Draco has been upstreamed to the Linux kernel (RFC, code) (LWN, CSL, IllinoisCS, C3SR, Phoronix)

Elastic cuckoo page table is selected as IEEE Micro Top Picks Honorable Mention

Illinois CS News on Elastic Cuckoo Page Tables

Defusing the Configuration Time Bomb (video) (slides)

Validated Configurations with Ciris (slides) (manual)

The Morning Paper's coverage of Taiji (article)

The Morning Paper's coverage of Maelstrom (article)

The Morning Paper's coverage of WebRSync (article)

W3C Authentication References count our access-control-misconfiguration paper at CHI'17.

The Morning Paper's coverage of PCheck (article)

It Will Never Work in Theory on our too-many-knobs paper at FSE'15 (article)

$ cat services # (default=PC)

Co-lead of Infrastructure for Trusted and Confidential Computing at IIDAI

Co-editor of SIGOPS Blog

Area Chair on Configuration Management, Journal of Systems Research (Why JSys?)

2024 EuroSys

2023 OSDI, NSDI, SOSP DW, SOSP SRC, SOSP Poster, DSN, Sigmetrics, ESEC/FSE Industry Track,

2022 SYSTOR, Sigmetrics, EdgeSys, ChinaSys, Middleware, ESEC/FSE Industry Track,

2021 HotOS, SOSP (virtual platform chair), EuroSys (sponsorship co-chair), ICSE, Sigmetrics SRC,

2020 OSDI, MobiSys, EdgeSys, FSE Tool/Demo,

2019 SOSP, APSys, SEConfig, EdgeSys

2018 EuroSys DW, EdgeSys, ICDCS


2015 USENIX LISA (academic review committee)

$ sudo cat gang

Jongyul Kim, Postdoc Research Fellow (Fall 2023 - now)

Xudong Sun, PhD Candidate (Fall 2019 - now), awarded Yunni and Maxine Pao Memorial Fellowship

Jinghao Jia, PhD Candidate (Fall 2020 - now), co-advised by Dan Williams, awarded Richard T. Cheng Fellowship, Outstanding TA Award

Siyuan Chai, PhD Candidate (Fall 2021 - now)

Yinfang Chen, PhD Student (Fall 2021 - now)

Tyler Gu, PhD Candidate (Fall 2021 - now), awarded Gene Golub Fellowship

Shuai Wang, PhD Candidate (Fall 2021 - now), co-advised by Darko Marinov

Henry Zhu, PhD Student (Fall 2022 - now), co-advised by Aishwarya Ganesan and Ramnatthan Alagappan

Xinyu (Alex) Lian, MS Student (Fall 2022 - now), co-advised by Darko Marinov

Anna Mazhar, MS Student (Fall 2022 - now)

Pratik Rajesh Sampat, MS Student (Fall 2022 - now), co-advised by Saugata Ghose

Jiyuan Zhang, MS Student (Fall 2022 - now)

Ruowen Qin, MCS Student (Summer 2023 - now)

Wenjie Ma, Research Scholar (Summer 2023 - now)

Fan Chung, Undergraduate Student (UIUC/NYCU) (Spring 2023 - now)

Zicheng Ma, Undergraduate Student (ZJUI) (Summer 2023 - now)

Cheng Ding, Undergraduate Student (USTC) (Summer 2023 - now), co-advised by Owolabi Legunsen

Saad Sher Alam, Undergraduate Student (LUMS) (Summer 2023 - now)

William Zheng, Undergraduate Student (UIUC) (Summer 2023 - now)

$ sudo cat alumni # (thesis committees)

Wenqing Luo, MS 2023 (thesis), co-advised by Aishwarya Ganesan and Ramnatthan Alagappan → Apple (Cloud Infra)

Parth Thakkar, MS 2023 (thesis) → Meta (Dev Infra)

Yuxuan (Matt) Jiang, BE 2023 → University of Michigan (PhD)

Feiran (Alex) Qin, (ShanghaiTech/UIUC), Fall 2022 → North Carolina State University (PhD)

Kunle Li, BE 2023 → CMU (MS)

Muhammad Taha (LUMS) (Summer 2022) → Purdue (MS)

Kai-Hsun (Kevin) Chen, M.Eng 2022 → Databricks → Anyscale

Wenyu Wang, PhD 2022, co-advised by Tao Xie, awarded 3M Foundation Fellowship → Meta → Stellar Cyber

Chaitanya B. Bhandari, Research Scholar, 2021--2022 → UIUC (MS)

Xinyu (Alex) Lian, BE 2022 → UIUC (MS)

Yicheng Lu, BE 2022 → UIUC (MS)

Kele Huang (CAS), Summer 2021 → Columbia University (PhD)

Wen Fan (USTC), Summer 2021 → Purdue University (PhD)

Jack Chen, MS 2021 (thesis) → Trend Micro

YiFei Zhu, BE 2021, awarded Highest Honor and University Honor → Google (kernel)

Sam Cheng, PhD student, co-advised by Darko Marinov → Switched to the AI/ML area after two years, in 2021

Andrew B. Yoo, MS 2021 (thesis), co-advised by Shuai Mu, awarded Siebel Scholar → Whova (Infra)

Yuanliang Zhang (NUDT), visiting PhD student, 2019--2020 → Assistant Professor at NUDT

Zhanghao Chen, MCS 2020 (project) → ByteDance (Stream Computing Infra)

Qingrong Chen, MS 2020 (thesis), awarded Siebel Scholar → Facebook (AI Infra) → ByteDance (ML Infra)

Kaiyuan Zhang (UT Dallas), Summer 2020 → Purdue University (PhD)

Yiming Mao (Nanjing University), Summer 2020 → UC San Diego (MS)

Elaine Ang, MS 2019 (thesis) → Google (Spanner)

$ sudo cat ack

Illinois CS, OUR, NSF, VMware, Facebook, IBM/C3SR/IIDAI, Intel, Azure, GCP, and GitHub

$ cat misc

soccer (career); travel; rock; biking; drinking; reading; bad jokes; turtles

$ cat debts

I owe everyone in Fall 2020 CS-523 (modulo Aditi Partap) a donut due to COVID-19; ping me and I will pay my debts.


First modified: 2009-5-1 by Tianyin Xu