I am a fifth year PhD student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I am fortunate to be advised by Prof. Cynthia Sturton. My research interests are in hardware security, formal method, and computer architecture. Currently, my research focuses on developing tools and systems for security validation of hardware designs. The goals of my research are to help hardware designers efficiently build more secure processors that can withstand a wide range of attack programs in the field, as well as to provide interesting insights about hardware vulnerabilities to the community. I completed my BS in Microelectronics from Peking University, and my MS in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University.
I am currently on the job market!
- Aug 2019 Transys is accepted to appear at Oakland 2020.
- Jul 2019 I am selected as a participant of the 2019 Rising Stars in EECS Workshop.
- Apr 2019 I am selected as a participant of the 7th Heidelberg Laureate Forum.
- Jan 2019 Duo Security writes about our research: Better Hardware Security Through Automation.
- Aug 2018 Coppelia is one of four papers nominated for Best Paper Award at MICRO 2018.
- Jul 2018 Coppelia is accepted to appear at MICRO 2018.
- Transys: Leveraging Common Security Properties Across Hardware Designs Rui Zhang, Cynthia Sturton IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (Oakland) 2020 [BibTex] [Lightning] [Poster]
- End-to-End Automated Exploit Generation for Validating the Security of Processor Designs Rui Zhang, Calvin Deutschbein, Peng Huang, Cynthia Sturton IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Microarchitecture (MICRO) 2018 Nominated for Best Paper Award [BibTex] [Website] [Github] [Lightning]
- A Recursive Strategy for Symbolic Execution to Find Exploits in Hardware Designs Rui Zhang, Cynthia Sturton ACM SIGPLAN International Workshop on Formal Methods and Security (FMS) 2018 [BibTex] [Website]
- Identifying Security Critical Properties for the Dynamic Verification of a Processor Rui Zhang, Natalie Stanley, Christopher Griggs, Andrew Chi, Cynthia Sturton ACM Conference on Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems (ASPLOS) 2017 [BibTex] [Website] [Poster]
- Ultrasensitive Mass Detection Using Dual-Microcantilevers Coupled by Cruciform Overhang Rui Zhang*, Guibing Cai*, Zhiqiang Wang, Lurui Zhao, Wengang Wu IEEE International Conference on Nano/Micro Engineered and Molecular Systems (NEMS) 2013 [BibTex]
- Net-overhang Coupled Dual-Microcantilevers for Sensitive Mass Detection Guibing Cai*, Rui Zhang*, Zhiqiang Wang, Lurui Zhao, Wengang Wu IEEE SENSORS 2013 [BibTex]
Talks and Posters
- Transys: Leveraging Common Security Properties Across Hardware Designs
- (Poster) CWWMCA Workshop, Oct 2019
- End-to-End Automated Exploit Generation for Validating the Security of Processor Designs
- Top Picks in HES Workshop, Nov 2019.
- SRC, Aug 2019.
- Intel-SCAP, Mar 2019.
- MICRO Conference, Oct 2018.
- MICRO Lightning Talk.
- Computer Performance
- Lecture in Computer Organization Course (COMP411), Fall 2018.
- A Recursive Strategy for Symbolic Execution to Find Exploits in Hardware Designs
- FMS Workshop, co-located with PLDI, Jun 2018.
- Identifying Security Critical Properties for the Dynamic Verification of a Processor
- (Poster) Duke Triangle Machine Learning Day, Apr 2018.
- High Confidence Software and Systems Conference, May 2017.
- ASPLOS Conference, Apr 2017.
- NVIDIA, Feb 2017.
- Email: rzhang [at] cs [dot] unc [dot] edu
- Office: 346 Brooks Building
- Blog: Find me on Medium