PhD students recruited by University of Central Florida

Scholarship: Fully funded
Degree: B.S./M.S.
Nationality: International Students
Location: USA
Application deadlines: Open

Scholarship Description:

Prof. Yao’s CASR Lab (Computer Architecture and Systems Security Laboratory) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) is now accepting several PhD students (full scholarships available). The admission period is Spring 2024/Autumn 2024. The lab’s broad research interests include computer architecture, systems, security, and energy-efficient computing. The lab is currently recruiting students in computer architecture, systems and hardware security, and machine learning/artificial intelligence security. The lab provides sufficient research funding and equipment support. Architecture/Hardware Security and AI Security are relatively new and very popular directions, and there are many R&D job opportunities in both industry and academia after graduation. If you are interested in gaining a deep understanding of cutting-edge computer systems and security, uncovering deep vulnerabilities in hardware/systems, and designing computer architectures/security systems/architectures that will impact the future of industry, we welcome you to join us! Lab homepage:

Dr Yao is an expert in computer architecture, systems, and security, and his current research projects include architecture security (microarchitecture attacks/defenses), AI/ML security (fault attacks, side channels, and trusted execution for AI), secure and efficient memory systems (e.g., non-volatile memory architectures), and hardware security (e.g., secure and efficient memory systems), (fault attacks, side channels, and trusted execution for AI), secure and efficient memory systems (e.g., non-volatile memory architectures), and hardware security (physical side channels). Professor Yao currently leads several NSF projects. His research results have been published in nearly 50 high quality papers. Many of them have been published in leading conferences and journals on architecture, systems and hardware (e.g. MICRO, HPCA, USENIX Security, S&P, CCS, DSN, TC, IEEE Micro, TPAMI and TIFS). For more information, please visit Prof Yao’s homepage:

 Available Subjects:

  • Computer architecture, system and hardware security, machine learning/artificial intelligence security

Eligibility criteria:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher with a background in computer science, computer engineering and electronics.
  • One or more of the following: Computer architecture, operating systems, computer security, artificial intelligence, FPGA programming, program analysis and mathematical modelling.
  • Good programming skills (programming languages may include C/C++, Python, HDL language and scripting languages, etc.)
  • Hardworking and down-to-earth. We are particularly interested in students who are prepared to pursue research as a career.

Application Procedure:

Interested students can contact Prof Yao directly via his email: [email protected]. When sending the email, please attach your CV, transcripts (GPA) and English test scores. There is also a detailed description of the interview process on the CASR lab website. If you want to know more details, you can check here: