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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
TA 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

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Short Biography

Hi, my name is Tianyin. I'm a system guy, an optimistic day dreamer, a modern hippie with the 60s idea, and a crazy fan of FC Barcelona. I'm currently in my 4th year as a Ph.D. student in Operating System Research (Opera) Group, UC San Diego (UCSD), working with my advisor Yuanyuan Zhou (YY). In Opera, the biggest lesson I've learned is to be serious to research: to work on real problems and to build useful things that can make a difference, instead of playing games.

Before joining UCSD, I worked as a research staff in University of Goettingen, Germany. I received both my B.Sc. and M.Eng. Degrees in Computer Science from Nanjing University, China. In 2012, I interned in NetApp ATG, where I got the chance to play with real storage systems. In 2013, I got some startup experience in Whova which is an exciting and promising startup spun off from Opera.


My research interests are in Computer Systems and Networks, with the goal of making computer systems and networks more dependable and manageable.

As a system guy, I'm interested in all kinds of inter-disciplinary black magics and hacks such as program analysis, machine learning, statistics, etc. The spirit of system research is problem-oriented. System people should be able to use any kind of weapon to kill the dragon (*not* windmills!)

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

TA 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 (1000 Euros per month, 6 months in all)

2009  IBM Chinese Excellent Student Scholarship (8000 RMB)

2009  Best Paper Award for International Conference on Communications

2008  HP Chinese Excellent Student Scholarship (4000 RMB)


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