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Tianyin Xu

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


$ echo "I am currently on the academic job market."

[Curriculum Vitae]  [Research Statement]  [Teaching Statement]  [Publications: Paper.1; Paper.2; Paper.3]

$ whoami

I am Tianyin, a man of the Night's Watch, a day dreamer, and an irrelevant systems hippie. I am enjoying my Ph.D. at sysnet and Opera, UC San Diego, working with a rock star Yuanyuan Zhou (YY). The biggest thing I learned here 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 can research system products and observe real users. I had a very short experience in Whova and learned dedication and responsibility. Before came to UCSD, I worked in Germany for 1.5 years at Goettingen.

$ head research_interests

My research goal is to make computer systems more reliable and secure. I see my mission as helping today's systems defend against all 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 systems guy, I'm interested in various inter-disciplinary black magic and hacks such as program analysis, machine learning, NLP, etc. My view of systems research is to kill the dragon using the right sword (pls don't ask me to fight windmills).

$ cat --select-three papers

Early Detection of Configuration Errors to Reduce Failure Damage
Tianyin Xu, Xinxin Jin, Peng Huang, Yuanyuan Zhou, Shan Lu, Long Jin, and Shankar Pasupathy
In Proceedings of the 12th USENIX Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation (OSDI'16), Nov. 2-4, 2016, Savannah, GA, USA. Jay Lepreau Best Paper Award.
[pdf | ps | bib]

Hey, You Have Given Me Too Many Knobs! Understanding and Dealing with Over-Designed Configuration in System Software
Tianyin Xu, Long Jin, Xuepeng Fan, Yuanyuan Zhou, Shankar Pasupathy, and Rukma Talwadker
In Proceedings of the 10th Joint Meeting of the European Software Engineering Conference and the ACM SIGSOFT Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (ESEC/FSE'15), Aug. 31-Sep. 4, 2015, Bergamo, Italy.
[pdf | ps | bib]

Do Not Blame Users for Misconfigurations
Tianyin Xu, Jiaqi Zhang, Peng Huang, Jing Zheng, Tianwei Sheng, Ding Yuan, Yuanyuan Zhou, and Shankar Pasupathy
In Proceedings of the 24th ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles (SOSP'13), Nov. 3-6, 2013, Farmington, PA, USA.
[pdf | ps | bib]

$ ls -l all_papers

lrwxrwxrwx 1 tianyin tianyin 4 Feb 30 12:61 all_papers -> publication.list

$ cat teaching_assistant

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

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

2015 CSE 599: Teaching Methods in Computer Science, Spring, UCSD (with Leo Porter)

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

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

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

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

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

2010 M.Inf.223: Advanced Topics in Computer Networking, Winter, University of Goettingen

2007 Operating System Principles, Fall, Nanjing University

$ cat services

Academic review committee: USENIX LISA 2015

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

Scribe: ACM SIGCOMM 2010 [report]

$ tail awards

2016  Jay Lepreau Best Paper Award at OSDI'16

2010  Erasmus Mundus LiSUM Scholarship

2009  IBM Chinese Excellent Student Scholarship

2009  Best Paper Award for International Conference on Communications

2008  HP Chinese Excellent Student Scholarship

$ cat me

soccer (career | album); travel; rock; biking; drinking; reading; movies; turtles


First modified: 2009-5-1 by Tianyin Xu