CS 436






Instructor: Matthew Caesar


Matthew Caesar is an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He also serves as Chief Science Officer of Veriflow.  He has worked in the area of network security for over two decades, publishing over 50 technical papers, which appear in highly selective academic conferences and have resulted in multiple best paper awards. Matthew has led over $5M in research initiatives in  the networking security area, and has received the NSF CAREER award (2011), DARPA CSSG membership (2011), is a CAS Fellow (2013), and received the "Test of Time Award" from the USENIX NSDI for his foundational contributions to software-defined networking.




Teaching Assistant: Tai-Sheng (Michael) Cheng


Tai-Sheng is an MS student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He graduated from National Taiwan University with receipt of the Academic Presidential Award. Tai-Sheng's  interests lie in cyber-physical systems, with an emphasis on real-time operating systems and processor scheduling. As part of his undergraduate research, Tai-Sheng developed an ultra-lightweight operating system for wearable systems.  His work in task scheduling has been published in RTSS, a top conference on real-time systems.



Course Associate: Rashid Tahir



Rashid Tahir is a PhD student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Rashid's research focuses on cloud computing systems, with an emphasis on security, manageability, and diagnosability of cloud and virtualized environments. Rashid was previously employed at Microsoft Research, where he developed and deployed security and monitoring technologies for Microsoft's Azure platform.  Rashid's thesis focuses on insider threats in clouds. During his thesis, Rashid has uncovered, analyzed, and developed countermeasures for several new cloud vulnerabiities, and has published his findings in top venues in cloud computing.


Course Associate: Huzaifa Kamran


Huzaifa Kamran is an MS student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Huzaifa's interests center around operating system kernels. During his undergraduate and post-undergrad work, he worked extensively in the Linux kernel, including development of the ATH-9K wireless network driver. He also developed and deployed a next-generation virtual machine infrastructure that achieves massive memory scalability, built upon RDMA/Infiniband and KVM hypervisor enhancements.