Zhiyun Qian

Associate Professor, University of California, Riverside

Dr. Qian has a broad interest in system/network security, with the general theme of vulnerability discovery and analysis, system building, and measurement. He has a well-rounded understanding of computer systems including operating systems, software, network protocols, architecture, and their interactions. The techniques he applies include program analysis, reverse engineering, fuzzing, model checking, and machine learning. Problem domains that interest him include, but are not limited to, network protocol analysis, operating system (e.g., Android, Linux, and macOS), network infrastructure, censorship evasion, and privacy. More recently he is most passionate about building impactful systems and tools.


  • Program Analysis
  • Vulnerability Discovery and Analysis
  • Exploitation Techniques
  • Sound Defenses