Academic Profile : Faculty

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Prof Liu Yang
Professor, School of Computer Science and Engineering
President’s Chair in Computer Science and Engineering
Executive Director for Cyber Research Programme Office (CRPO), Cyber Research Programme Office (CRPO)
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Dr. Yang Liu obtained his bachelor and ph.d degree in the National University of Singapore in 2005 and 2010, respectively. In 2012, he joined Nanyang Technological University as a Nanyang Assistant Professor. He is currently a full professor, director of the cybersecurity lab, Program Director of HP-NTU Corporate Lab and Deputy Director of the National Satellite of Excellence of Singapore. In 2019, he received the University Leadership Forum Chair professorship at NTU.

Dr. Liu specializes in software verification, security and software engineering. His research has bridged the gap between the theory and practical usage of formal methods and program analysis to evaluate the design and implementation of software for high assurance and security. By now, he has more than 270 publications in top tier conferences and journals. He has received a number of prestigious awards including MSRA Fellowship, TRF Fellowship, Nanyang Assistant Professor, Tan Chin Tuan Fellowship, Nanyang Research Award (Young Investigator) 2018, NRF Investigatorship 2020 and 10 best paper awards and one most influence system award in top software engineering conferences like ASE, FSE and ICSE.
For cybersecurity, we are working at malware modeling, detection, classification and generation with the focus on Javascript malware, desktop malware and Android malware. We are developing tools for vulnerability modeling and detection using machine learning and (both static and dynamic) program analysis on binary code. In our Securify research project (2015 - 2020), we are performing formal verification on security system from hardware, hypervisor, programs to security protocol using different verification approaches. Recently, we embark on the research on Automotive Security and autonomous vehicle Security in their security design, runtime security monitoring and response, and also the security testing and certification.

For software engineering, we are working on the topics related to program specification learning and model learning, performance analysis, Android energy analysis, reliability analysis, code clone analysis, program debugging, program testing, automatic loop analysis, testing and validating deep learning algorithms using techniques like model checking, symbolic execution and machine learning. We are building tools related to these aspects. For Android system, we have been working on security analysis on App malware detection & classification, generation and data analytic, App vulnerability analysis, App testing, Android OS testing and fuzzing, and Automatic UI generation.

For multi-agent systems, we are working on the topics related to formal modeling of various multi-agent systems, particularly trust management systems and their analysis in correctness, security and robustness.

For big data, we are promoting the concept called event analytic based on behavior learning and analysis, and their applications in sports and finance systems.
  • A Framework for Intellectual Property Protection of Deep Learning Applications
  • Building H3 (Helpful, Honest, and Harmless) Large Scale Models
  • CyberSG R&D Programme Office
  • Emulation Based Fuzzing Technique
  • Enhancing the Robustness of Object Detection against Natural Corruption-aware Adversarial Attacks
  • Holistic and Practical Remediation of Software Vulnerability
  • MAASS: Malware Authorship Attribution based on Source Code and Static Analysis
  • President's Chair in Computer Science and Engineering
  • Simulation-based SOTIF (Safety of the Intended Functionality) Testing for Autonomous Driving Systems
  • The Science of Certified AI Systems
  • Thrust B: Artificial Intelligence and Software Engineering (IAF-ICP)
  • Thrust B: Artificial Intelligence and Software Engineering (RCA)
  • Towards Building Trustworthy and Robust Intelligent Systems and Its Application on Human Brain
  • Towards Building Unified Autonomous Vehicle Scene Representation for Physical AV Adversarial Attacks and Visual Robustness Enhancement
  • Towards Semantic-Aware Multimodal and Multilingual Deep Learning Systems for E-Commerce Applications
  • TrustFUL: Trustworthy Federated Ubiquitous Learning
  • TrustFUL: Trustworthy Federated Ubiquitous Learning (SCSE)
  • Trustworthy and Explainable AI