CUHK Computer Security Lab

Welcome to the home page of the CUHK Computer Security Lab, under the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Our lab was founded in 2017.

We are a group of people working on solving a diverse set of security and privacy challenges in computer systems and applications. We also work on problems in the related areas, such as programming languages, software engineering, operating systems, computer networks, etc.

If you are interested in our work, please feel free to drop by for a visit. If you are interested in joining us as a member, please find our openings HERE.


Contact Details

Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Ho Sin-Hang Engineering Building
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Sha Tin, N.T., Hong Kong

Lab Members


Graduate Students

Zilun Wang

Ph.D. Student, 08/2022 - present
Co-advised with Michael R. Lyu Research Assistant, 06/2021 - 07/2022
B.Eng. in Information Security, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Publications: CCS '23

Zeyang Zhuang

Ph.D. Student, 08/2022 - present
Co-advised with Michael R. Lyu Research Assistant, 11/2021 - 07/2022
B.Eng. in Software Engineering, Tongji University
Publications: WWW '24, VLDB '24

Chenlin Wang

Ph.D. Student, 08/2023 - present
B.Eng. in Cybersecurity, Sichuan University
Publications: IEEE S&P '24

Research Assistants

Danyang He

CUHK UG Summer Research Intern, 06/2024 - present
Undergraduate student at CUHK

Jiahe Wang

Research Assistant, 07/2023 - present
M.Sc. student at City University of Hong Kong
B.Eng. in Cyber Science, Southeast University

Former Members

Ph.D. Alumni

Yinxi Liu

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Department of Cybersecurity, Rochester Institute of Technology, starting in Fall 2024

Ph.D. Student, 08/2020 - 06/2024 Research Assistant, 12/2019 - 07/2020
B.Eng. in Computer Science, Tongji University
Publications: IEEE S&P '21, ASE '21, CCS '22, CCS '23
Awards: Nomination Award of the 2022 MSRA Fellowship

Changhua Luo

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Institute for Math & AI, Wuhan University, starting in 01/2025
Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Computer Science, The University of Hong Kong, 07/2024 -

Ph.D. Student, 08/2020 - 06/2024 Research Assistant, 01/2020 - 07/2020
B.Eng. in Information Security, Wuhan University
Publications: WWW '21, CCS '22, IEEE S&P '23, ICSE '24, IEEE S&P '24
Awards: ACM CCS 2022 Best Paper Honorable Mention

Penghui Li

Researcher, Zhongguancun National Laboratory, 09/2023 -

Ph.D. Student, 08/2019 - 07/2023 Research Assistant, 10/2018 - 07/2019
B.Eng. in Computer Science, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences
Publications: WWW '21 x2, ASE '21, CCS '22, FSE '22, IEEE S&P '23, USENIX Security '24, IEEE S&P '24, VLDB '24
Awards: ACM CCS 2022 Best Paper Honorable Mention

Mingxue Zhang

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, School of Cyber Science and Technology, Zhejiang University, 08/2022 -

Ph.D. Student, 08/2018 - 07/2022
Research Assistant, 02/2018 - 04/2018
B.Eng. in Computer Science, Wuhan University
Publications: USENIX Security '19, WWW '20, FSE '20, IEEE S&P '21, FSE '21, ICSE '24, IEEE S&P '24

M.Phil. Alumni

Xinzhe Wang

Security Engineer, Huawei, 10/2023 -

M.Phil. Student, 08/2021 - 07/2023
Co-advised with James Cheng
B.Eng. in Software Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Publications: WWW '24

Weikang Bian

Research Assistant, Multimedia Lab, CUHK, 01/2023 -

M.Phil. Student, 08/2019 - 07/2022
Research Assistant, 10/2018 - 04/2019
B.Eng. in Software Engineering, Zhejiang University
Publications: WWW '20

Other Former Members

Chenghao Li

Research Assistant, 07/2023 - 09/2023
Undergraduate student at University of Science and Technology of China

Yanbo Zhang

M.Eng. Student, Duke University, Fall 2024 -

Research Assistant, 07/2023 - 09/2023
Undergraduate student at Zhejiang University

Houtian Zhu

CUHK UG Summer Research Intern, 06/2023 - 08/2023
Undergraduate student at CUHK

Wing Ho Lau

Ph.D. Student, CUHK, 08/2022 -

Research Assistant, 01/2021 - 05/2022
Undergraduate student at CUHK

Yanting Chi

Ph.D. Student, University of Minnesota, Fall 2022 -

Research Assistant, 06/2021 - 05/2022
Undergraduate student at Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Ya He

Research Assistant, 07/2021 - 09/2021
Undergraduate student at Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Danshi Li

M.Sc. Student, New York University, Fall 2022 -

Research Assistant, 09/2020 - 06/2021
Undergraduate student at CUHK

Ubaydullo Rustami

Research Assistant, 09/2020 - 01/2021
Undergraduate student at CUHK

Ziyu Wang

Ph.D. Student, University of California, Irvine, Fall 2022 -

Research Assistant, 05/2020 - 12/2020
Undergraduate student at Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Tingxi Wu

Research Assistant, 03/2018 - 06/2018
Undergraduate student at Peking University



Open Positions

M.Phil./Ph.D. Students

The CUHK Computer Security Lab has openings for students studying in the M.Phil./Ph.D. program in Computer Science and Engineering for the admission in Fall 2025. The positions will remain open until filled.

We work on some of the technically very challenging problems. We expect the candidates to be smart, professional, emotionally mature, to be motivated and dedicated to systems research, to have good English communication and academic writing skills (TOEFL score >= 100 or IELTS band >= 7.5), and to have a solid background in computer systems and related areas (e.g., operating systems, compilers, program analysis, reverse engineering, computer networks, etc.). The English requirement can be relaxed (only a bit) for exceptional candidates.

To be admitted to our department's M.Phil./Ph.D. program, an applicant has to first submit an official application to our department and pass a preliminary interview with our admission committee. Without passing this preliminary interview, the applicant cannot be admitted to the program.

Our department hosts multiple rounds of M.Phil./Ph.D. admission interviews in each academic year. The next admission interview will be in June August 2024. For full consideration, please submit a complete application to our department before the application deadline(s).

You could find more information about our admission opportunities and admission process HERE.

Research Interns

We occasionally have open positions for research interns, or research assistants. We expect that the intern can stay with us for at least 2 months. We also welcome and encourage remote collaboration.

Currently, we can provide only limited support for an intern. However, you are encouraged to apply if you do not require any financial support from our lab.

Note that it may take the Hong Kong Immigration Department 4 to 6 weeks to process a visa/entry permit application for training. Therefore, please submit your application early (3 months in advance) if you will need a visa/entry permit for entering Hong Kong for research training.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is difficult to allow research interns to come to our campus. We welcome and encourage remote collaboration.

CUHK Undergraduate Research Assistants

We have research assistant positions available for undergraduate students at CUHK. We do strongly encourage our undergraduate students to apply for the research assistant positions at our lab. The positions are financially supported under the university's student helper scheme.