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Tianyin Xu

Department of Computer Science & Engineering
University of California San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0404
La Jolla, CA 92093-0404
Email: tixu at cs dot ucsd dot edu


$ whoami

I am Tianyin, a man of the Night's Watch, a day dreamer, and an irrelevant hippie. I am enjoying my Ph.D. at Operating System Research (Opera) Group, UC San Diego, working with a rock star Yuanyuan Zhou (YY). The biggest thing I learned in Opera is being serious and sincere: Winter is coming! Don't fight a fake war or someone else's war. Fight for what matters to the living and the dead!

I work with NetApp where I get the opportunity of playing with real systems and observing real users. I had a very short experience in Whova and learned dedication and responsibilty. Before came to UCSD, I worked in Germany for 1.5 years at Goettingen where I got to know a girl who later became my wife. I wandered around Europe for 6 months to get away from myself, but failed.

$ head research_statement

My goal (or dream?) is to make computer systems and networks more dependable, usable, and manageable. I see my mission as helping today's systems defend against different kinds of errors and defects. I always have a lot of fun looking for bugs, configuration errors, and design flaws. I am proud that some of my research helps improve real software systems. See the list of issues I helped.

As a system guy, I'm interested in all kinds of inter-disciplinary black magics and hacks such as program analysis, machine learning, NLP, etc. My view of system research is to kill the dragon using the right sword (pls don't ask me to fight windmills).

If you are looking for my publications, click here.

$ cat teaching_experience

2016 Principles of Computer Operating Systems (CSE 120), Fall, UCSD (with YY Zhou and Geoff Voelker)

2016 Operating Systems (CSE 221), Spring, UCSD (with YY Zhou) [evaluation]

2014 Operating Systems (CSE 221), Fall, UCSD (with Stefan Savage) [evaluation]

2014 Design and Analysis of Algorithms (CSE 101), Summer, UCSD (with Ramamohan Paturi) [evaluation]

2014 Principles of Computer Operating Systems (CSE 120), Spring, UCSD (with YY Zhou) [evaluation]

2013 Operating Systems (CSE 221), Fall, UCSD (with YY Zhou) [evaluation]

2012 Design and Analysis of Algorithms (CSE 101), Fall, UCSD (with Sanjoy Dasgupta) [evaluation]

2010 Advanced Topics in Computer Networking, Winter, University of Goettingen

2007 Operating System, Fall, Nanjing University

$ cat activities

Academic review committee: USENIX LISA 2015

Program committee: ICNP PhD Forum 2013, 2014; MobiSys PhD Forum 2014

Scribe: ACM SIGCOMM 2010 [Report]

$ tail awards

2010  LiSUM Scholarship

2009  IBM Chinese Excellent Student Scholarship

2009  Best Paper Award for International Conference on Communications

2008  HP Chinese Excellent Student Scholarship

$ cat hobbies

Soccer (Playing career | Album), Traveling, Hiking, Bicycling, The game of Go, Drinking, Reading, Movies, Amphibians and Reptiles...


Last modified: 2013-6-3 by Tianyin Xu