Yicheng(亦成) Zhang

I am a third-year PhD student at UC Riverside, where I am fortunately advised by Prof. Nael Abu-Ghazaleh. My research interest lies in hardware security, AR/VR, side-channel attacks and computer architecture.

In 2023, I spent a wonderful summer at PNNL, working with Kevin J. Barker, Andres Marquez, and Sankha Baran Dutta.

Prior to that, I received my M.Sc. from UC Irvine, and my B.S. from Sichuan University.

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Recent News

– June 2024: I am teaching an upper-division undergraduate course this summer (Syllabus).

– May 2024: I presented our work Beyond the Bridge at SEED'24 in Orlando.

– April 2024: I served as a volunteer organizing ASPLOS'24. Amazing experience!

– February 2024: Our multi-user AR security paper accepted by Usenix Security 2024. See you in Philly!

– December 2023: One short paper accepted by IEEE SEED'24. See you in Orlando!

Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering 2021-2025
University of California, Riverside | Riverside, California
M.Sc. in Computer Engineering 2018-2020
University of California, Irvine | Irvine, California
B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Automation 2014-2018
Sichuan University | Chengdu, Sichuan
Usenix Sec 2024
That Doesn't Go There: Attacks on Shared State in Multi-User Augmented Reality Applications
Carter Slocum*, Yicheng Zhang*, Erfan Shayegani, Pedram Zaree, Nael Abu-Ghazaleh, Jiasi Chen
*Equal contribution.
The 33rd USENIX Security Symposium, Philadelphia, PA, USA, August, 2024.
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Beyond the Bridge: Contention-Based Covert and Side Channel Attacks on Multi-GPU Interconnect
Yicheng Zhang, Ravan Nazaraliyev, Sankha Baran Dutta, Nael Abu-Ghazaleh, Andres Marquez, Kevin J. Barker
2024 IEEE International Symposium on Secure and Private Execution Environment Design, Orlando, FL, USA, May, 2024.
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SC Workshop 2023
Accuracy-Constrained Efficiency Optimization and GPU Profiling of CNN Inference for Detecting Drainage Crossing Locations
Yicheng Zhang, Dhroov Pandey, Di Wu, Turja Kundu, Ruopu Li, Tong Shu
SC'23 Workshops of The International Conference on High Performance Computing, Network, Storage, and Analysis, Denver, CO, USA, November, 2023.
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Usenix Sec 2023
Going through the motions: AR/VR keylogging from user head motions
Carter Slocum, Yicheng Zhang, Nael Abu-Ghazaleh, Jiasi Chen
The 32nd USENIX Security Symposium, Anaheim, CA, USA, August, 2023.
PDF / Slides / BibTex / Blog (In Chinese)
*Media Coverage*: [UCR News] [Game Is Hard] [Gillett News] [Tech Xplore]
Usenix Sec 2023
It's all in your head(set): Side-channel attacks on AR/VR systems
Yicheng Zhang, Carter Slocum, Jiasi Chen, Nael Abu-Ghazaleh
The 32nd USENIX Security Symposium, Anaheim, CA, USA, August, 2023.
PDF / Slides / BibTex / Blog (In Chinese)
*Media Coverage*: [UCR News] [ZME Science] [Fagen Wasanni] [Analytics Insight]
Stealing Neural Network Structure through Remote FPGA Side-channel Analysis
Yicheng Zhang, Rozhin Yasaei, Hao Chen, Zhou Li, Mohammad Abdullah Al Faruque
IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, August, 2021.
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FPGA 2021
Poster: Stealing Neural Network Structure through Remote FPGA Side-channel Analysis
Yicheng Zhang, Rozhin Yasaei, Hao Chen, Zhou Li, Mohammad Abdullah Al Faruque
The 2021 ACM/SIGDA International Symposium on Field-Programmable Gate Arrays, Virtual Event USA, February, 2021.
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DSN 2020
Leaky DNN: Stealing Deep-Learning Model Secret with GPU Context-Switching Side-Channel
Junyi Wei*, Yicheng Zhang*, Zhe Zhou, Zhou Li, Mohammad Abdullah Al Faruque
*Equal contribution.
The 50th IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN), Valencia, Spain, June, 2020.
Acceptance Rate: 16.5% (48/291)
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Honors and Awards
International Peer Educator Training Program Certification | CRLA 2023
Conference Travel Grant | UCR GSA 2023
Student Travel Grant | 1st gem5 Boot Camp 2022
Student Travel Grant | 30th USENIX Security Symposium 2021
Student Travel Grant | 42nd IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy 2021
Dean's Distinguished Fellowship Award | UC Riverside 2021
Sichuan University Scholarship | Sichuan University 2014-2018
Outstanding Students Leader | Sichuan University 2016

I am teaching an upper-division undergraduate course at UC Riverside this summer!

**Design of Operating Systems** (Syllabus)
Associate Instructor for CS 153 - Summer 2024

While at UC Irvine, I was a teaching assistant for the following courses:

Continuous-Time Signals and Systems
TA for EECS150 - Winter 2020

Sytem Software
TA for EECS111 - Spring 2020

Object Oriented System Programming
TA for EECS40 - Fall 2020

Next Generation Search Systems
TA for CS125 - Winter 2021

Organization of Digital Computers
TA for EECS112 - Spring 2021

Professional Service

Program Committee: EISA'23, IWSEC'23, EAI ICECI'24

Reviewer for Conference: ICPS'20, CYBER'21, CYBER'22, SecureComm'23

Reviewer for Journal: IEEE TIFS, IEEE TC, IJACT, SCN, JCS, JSA, JINS

Sub-reviewer: DATE'19/'20, CODES+ISSS'20, NDSS'20, DSN'20, RTSS'21, MICRO'22, HPCA'22

Student Volunteer: SEED'24, ASPLOS'24

Artifact Evaluation: MICRO'22

About me

In my free time, I love to play Dota 2 with my friends. I have played this game for over 5k hours (~2% of my lifetime) ╚(″⚈ᴗ⚈)╗
In 2023, I went to Seattle to watch Ti12 with my wife and 4-month-old son.
My favorite Dota 2 team is Azure Ray (AR), and I am also researching AR security XD


Also, I like to capture the beautiful moments of our life stories with my lovely wife, Jinrun, our 世界で一番可爱い son, Tuan and our beautiful little lions (Slow Slow and Hanna). They are all Maine Coon!

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A road to be a good researcher in computer architecture & security.

Visitors from the world

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