WeiYWei Yang(杨威)

 

Department of Computer Science, 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,

4303 Siebel Center,

201 N. Goodwin Avenue,

Urbana, IL 61801-2302, USA

E-mail: weiyang3 AT illinois.edu

 

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 Lab and 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 (WHYPER, Pluto), to malware 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 using program analysis, natural language processing techniques and cognitive analysis to bridge the gap between user perceptions and app behaviors in mobile applications.

 

Publication (Google Scholar)

 

Conference

§  Pluto User data exposure assessment on Android

o   Soteris Demetriou, Whitney Merrill, Wei Yang, Aston Zhang and Carl A. Gunter

Free for All! Assessing User Data Exposure to Advertising Libraries on Android

In Proc. of the 23rd Annual Network and Distributed System Security Symposium
(NDSS 2016), San Diego, CA, USA, February 2016. (acceptance rate: 15.4%, 60 out of 389)

[BibTeX][Website] [Slides]

§  AppContext Analyzing contextual use of permissions in Android applications

o   Wei Yang, Xusheng Xiao, Benjamin Andow, Sihan Li, Tao Xie and William Enck

AppContext: Differentiating Malicious and Benign Mobile App Behaviors Using Context

In Proc. of 37th International Conference on Software Engineering
(ICSE 2015), Florence, Italy, May 2015. (acceptance rate: 18.5%, 84 out of 452)

[BibTeX][Website][Slides]

§  WHYPER Automated risk assessment for mobile applications.

o   Rahul Pandita, Xusheng Xiao, Wei Yang, William Enck and Tao Xie

WHYPER: Towards Automating Risk Assessment of Mobile Applications

In Proc. of 22nd USENIX Security Symposium.
(USENIX Security 2013), Washinton, D.C., USA, August 2013. (acceptance rate: 16.2%, 45 out of 277)

[BibTeX][Website][Slides]

§  ORBIT Automated testing for mobile applications.

o   Wei Yang, Mukul Prasad, and Tao Xie.

A Grey-box Approach for Automated GUI-Model Generation of Mobile Applications

In Proc. of 16th International Conference on Fundamental Approaches to Software Engineering.
(FASE 2013), Rome, Italy, March 2013. (acceptance rate: 23.2%, 26 out of 112) .
[BibTeX][Website][Slides]

 

Poster and Other Publications

o   Wei Yang, Xusheng Xiao, Rahul Pandita, William Enck and Tao Xie.

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

In Proc. Of Symposium and Bootcamp on the Science of Security.

(HotSoS), Raleigh, NC, April 2014.

[PDF] [Slides]

        

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]

 

Other Project

§  AT-EASE Early usability evaluation of mobile applications.

o   Wei Yang* and Xiao Yu*

AT-EASE: A Tool for Early and Quick Usability Evaluation of Smartphone Application

In progress.
*The name of first two authors are sorted by the alphabetical order of surnames.

§  World up A knowledge based search engine in Chinese. Here is the technical report in Chinese. 

 

Education

PhD student, in Computer Science,

Department of Computer Science, North Carolina State University, 2011-2013;

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, Computing Science Innovation Center, Samsung Research America, 05/2015-08/2015

Mentor: Deguang Kong, Bin 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

 

Award

·         Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship Finalist

QInF 2016

·         Travel Grant

MVD 2015; RWC 2016; VMCAI 2016; POPL 2016

 

 

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