Vincent Liu


Assistant Professor @ Penn CIS

Levine Hall North Rm 470
3330 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6389

I am looking for PhD students! If you are interested, please apply here.

CV (Dec. 7, 2016)

Teaching

CIS 553: Networked Systems (Fall 2017)
CIS 700-5: The Design and Implementation of Cloud Networks (Spring 2017)

About Me

I am a new assistant professor in the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania; however, until January 2017, I will be at Facebook getting my hands dirty with real data centers. Before Penn, I got my Ph.D. at the University of Washington with (primarily) Tom Anderson and Arvind Krishnamurthy. Before that, I received my B.S. in Computer Science at the University of Texas where I worked with Calvin Lin.

My research interests are in the broad areas of distributed systems and networking, but include a number of related topics. To borrow a phrase from one of my advisers, Tom Anderson, "I see myself as a generalist -- I am attracted to the biggest problem I can find, regardless of area." To this end, my projects have touched on fault-tolerance, security, data centers, wireless networks, clean-slate Internet architecture, routing/addressing, and the economic aspects of the Internet. My undergraduate research was in the area of compilers and parallel systems.

Publications

Conference/Workshop Publications

Canaries in the Network
Danyang Zhuo, Qiao Zhang, Xin Yang, Vincent Liu
HotNets, November 2016 [PDF][PPT]

RackCC: Rack-level Congestion Control
Danyang Zhuo, Qiao Zhang, Vincent Liu, Arvind Krishnamurthy, Thomas Anderson
HotNets, November 2016 [PDF]

Subways: A Case for Redundant, Inexpensive Data Center Edge Links
Vincent Liu, Danyang Zhuo, Simon Peter, Arvind Krishnamurthy, Thomas Anderson
CoNEXT, December 2015 [PDF][PPT]

Designing Distributed Systems Using Approximate Synchrony in Data Center Networks
Dan R. K. Ports, Jialin Li, Vincent Liu, Naveen Kr. Sharma, Arvind Krishnamurthy
Best Paper, NSDI, May 2015 [PDF]

Enabling Instantaneous Feedback with Full-duplex Backscatter
Vincent Liu, Vamsi Talla, Shyamnath Gollakota
MOBICOM, September 2014 [PDF][PPT]

Ambient Backscatter: Wireless Communication Out of Thin Air
Vincent Liu, Aaron Parks, Vamsi Talla, Shyamnath Gollakota, David Wetherall, Joshua R. Smith
Best Paper, SIGCOMM, August 2013 [PDF][PPT][Website]

Expressive Privacy Control with Pseudonyms

F10: A Fault-Tolerant Engineered Network
Vincent Liu, Daniel Halperin, Arvind Krishnamurthy, Thomas Anderson
Best Paper, NSDI, April 2013 [PDF][PPT]

Tor Instead of IP
Vincent Liu, Seungyeop Han, Arvind Krishnamurthy, Thomas Anderson
HotNets, November 2011 [PDF]

Technical Reports

Subways: A Case for Redundant, Inexpensive Data Center Edge Links
Vincent Liu, Danyang Zhuo, Simon Peter, Arvind Krishnamurthy, Thomas Anderson
Technical Report, UW-CSE-14-09-01, September 2014 [PDF]

F10: A Fault-Tolerant Engineered Network
Vincent Liu, Daniel Halperin, Arvind Krishnamurthy, Thomas Anderson
Technical Report, UW-CSE-12-09-05, September 2012 [PDF]

An Internet Architecture Based on the Principle of Least Privilege
Vincent Liu, Seungyeop Han, Arvind Krishnamurthy, Thomas Anderson
Technical Report, UW-CSE-12-09-05, September 2012 [PDF]