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Mengjia Yan


A PhD student doing research in hardware support for security @ UIUC.


In brief

My name is Mengjia Yan. I’m a fifth-year PhD student in the Computer Science Department at UIUC, where I work with Professor Josep Torrellas in the i-acoma group. My research focuses on hardware support for security. I’m currently interested in developing efficient defense and detection approaches towards side/covert channel attacks.

I grew up in China, where I obtained my Bachelor degree in Computer Science from Zhejiang University in 2013.



Recent News

18 Jul, 2018
"InvisiSpec: Invisible Speculative Execution" is accpeted at MICRO 2018.

17 Jun, 2018
I was selected as one of the 2018 Rising Stars in EECS. [link]

21 May, 2018
I started my internship in the ARG group at NVIDIA research.

12 Apr, 2018
I have been selected as one of the Mavis Future Faculty Fellows (MF3) for the 2018-2019 academic year. This program is designed to facilitate the training for the next generation of great engineering professors. [link]

27 Mar, 2018
Our paper, "Attack Directories, Not Caches: Side Channel Attacks in a Non-Inclusive World", has been accepted in the Proceedings of the IEEE Symposium on Security & Privacy (Oakland'19).

21 Oct, 2017
Our paper, "Record-Replay Architecture as a General Security Framework", has been accepted at the 24th International Symposium on HighPerformance Computer Architecture (HPCA'18).

14 Oct, 2017
I presented our work "Secure Hierarchy-Aware Cache Replacement Policy (SHARP): Defending Against Cross-Core Cache-Based Side Channel Attacks" in the 3rd Career Workshop for Women and Minorities in Computer Architecture (CWWMCA'17).

21 Sep, 2017
I have received the W.J. Poppelbaum Memorial Award. This award is intended for graduate students in computer hardware or architecture, based on academic performance and design creativity. [link]