Whova - Search People, Find Friends, Lookup Contact and Connections Whova People Search Chrome Extension Whova People Search Safari Extension Whova People Search Firefox Extension

Tianyin Xu



Department of Computer Science and Engineering
University of California San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, M/C 0404
La Jolla, CA 92093-0404

Short Biography
Teaching Experience
Professional Service
The Blaugrana


UFO in science fiction:
UCSD's Geisel Library


Extra Göttingen non est vita,
si est vita, non est ita.


NJU in peach blossoms

Locations of visitors to this page
Short Biography

Hi, I'm Tianyin who is a systems guy, an optimistic day dreamer, a modern hippie with a 60s idea, and a crazy fan of FC Barcelona. I'm currently doing my Ph.D. in Operating System Research (Opera) Group, UC San Diego (UCSD), working with my advisor Yuanyuan Zhou (YY). The biggest thing I've learned in Opera is to be serious and sincere: to work on the problems I care, and to build useful things that can make a difference, instead of playing paper games.

Prior to UCSD, I worked in Germany for 1.5 years at Goettingen where I met my wife. I also wandered around Europe for 6 months to be ready for a Ph.D. I did my undergrad and Master's at Nanjing University in China. I work closely with NetApp ATG where I have the chance to play with real systems and observe real users. I'm proud of my very short experience in Whova, a cool startup spun off from our group.


My research goal is to make computer systems and networks dependable and manageable. My mission is to help today's systems defend against all kinds of errors and defects.

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 (please don't ask me to fight windmills).

If you are looking for some of my papers, here is my publication list.

Teaching (Assistant) Experience

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

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

2014 Principles of Operating Systems (CSE 120), Spring, UCSD (with YY Zhou)

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

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

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

2007 Operating System, Fall, Nanjing University

Professional Service

Academic review committee: USENIX LISA 2015

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

Web chair: HotPOST 2012, 2013, 2014

Scribe: ACM SIGCOMM 2010 [Report]

Selected Award (More)

2010  LiSUM Scholarship

2009  IBM Chinese Excellent Student Scholarship

2009  Best Paper Award for International Conference on Communications

2008  HP Chinese Excellent Student Scholarship


Soccer (Playing career | Album | To be a Barça fan!), Travel (Backpacking), Hiking, Bicycling, The game of Go, Drinking, Reading, Movies, Myth, Amphibians and Reptiles...


Mail: 9500 Gilman Drive, M/C 0404, La Jolla, CA 92093-0404

Phone: 1-858-888-3220
Email: xuty1985 AT gmail.com


Last modified: 2013-6-3 by Tianyin Xu