Ph.D. in Computer Science, Purdue University, 2018

My research interests include, but not limited to, software systems security (particularly leveraging compiler-based techniques), cyber forensics (i.e., cyber attack investigation), and software engineering (particularly software testing and reverse-engineering). More details onĀ my website.


  • National Science Foundation CRII Award 2019
  • Maurice H. Halstead Memorial Award 2017
  • ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Award 2013
  • IEEE ASE (Automated Software Engineering) Best Paper Award 2013
  • Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award 2008 - 2012

Research Interests

  • Software Security
  • Cyber Forensics (esp. Cyber Attack Investigation)
  • Malware Analysis (esp. Binary Analysis)
  • Software Engineering (esp. Testing/Reverse-Engineering)

Selected Publications

  • Probabilistic Disassembly K. A. Miller, Y. Kwon, X. Zhang, and Z. Lin, In Proc. of the 41st International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE'19)
  • MCI: Modeling-based Causality Inference in Audit Logging for Attack Investigation ABS Y. Kwon, F. Wang, W. Wang, K. H. Lee, W. Lee, S. Ma, X. Zhang, D. Xu, S. Jha, G. Ciocarlie, A. Gehani, and V. Yegneswaran, In Proc. of the 25th Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS'18)
  • A2C: Self Destructing Exploit Executions via Input Perturbation ABS Y. Kwon, B. Saltaformaggio, I. L. Kim, K. H. Lee, X. Zhang, and D. Xu, In Proc. of the 24th Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS'17)
  • LDX: Causality Inference by Lightweight Dual Execution ABS Y. Kwon, D. Kim, W. N. Sumner, K. Kim, B. Saltaformaggio, X. Zhang, and D. Xu, In Proc. of the 21st International Conference on Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems (ASPLOS'16)
  • PIEtrace: Platform Independent Executable Trace ABS Y. Kwon, X. Zhang, and D. Xu, In Proc. of the 28th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering (ASE'13)

Courses Taught

  • Software Security Fall 2018

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