Welcome to the InspiringGroup

The InspiringGroup is a dynamic research group here @ Tsinghua University INSC. We have worked on a wide range of topics centering around data. We build secure and efficient underlying systems infrastructure to support data transmissions and computations. Meanwhile, we create various data-centric applications with special interests on data security and privacy. See our Research for more details.

The InspiringGroup is led by Principal Investigator (PI), Dr. Zhuotao Liu, who has a strong track-record in both academia and industry. Dr. Liu received his Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and worked at Google as a Technical Lead in both the NetInfra (Network Infrastructure) and GGN (Google Global Networking) team.

We are looking for new Ph.D. students, Postdocs, Master students, undergraduate students and external interns to join our team. Here at InspiringGroup, we strive to build a friendly, supportive, and flourishing culture, and to make your experiences at InspiringGroup full of “Wow Moments”. See Future Students.


Sep 2023

[Privacy Computing] Our paper on privacy-preserving machine learning is accepted by NDSS 2024. This work features multiple novel cryptography constructions to accelerate AI training / inference over encrypted data.

Sep 2023

[Web Security] Our paper on zero-day Web attack detection is accepted by ACM CCS 2023.

August 2023

[Data & Privacy Computing] Our paper on building a utility-driven data marketplace is accepted by ACM CCS 2023. This work features a robust and verifiable Federated Learning architecture, underpinned by a secure model evaluation protocol to remove malicious model updates and a zero-knowledge proving system that ensures fair data trading.

August 2023

[Network Security] Our paper on Intelligent Network Data Plane wins the USENIX Security 2023 Distinguished Paper Award!

July 2023

[Network Security] One paper on encrypted traffic analysis is accepted by NDSS 2024. This work handles the challenging problem of obtaining robust models with low-quality training data.

June 2023

[Systems Security] One paper on contrainer security is accepted by USENIX Security 2023. This work reveals several key security issues for Cloud containers.

May 2023

[Web3.0 / Blockchain Infrastructure] One paper on transforming the legal sector towards Web3.0-friendly by (semi-)automatically representing legal agreements as smart contracts on Blockchain is accepted by ACM ISSTA 2023.

April 2023

[Datacenter Networking] One paper on the management plane of Google's datacenter networking architecture is accepted by USENIX ATC 2023. This work features years of deployment and operational experiences at Google!

April 2023

[Datacenter Networking] One paper on optical datacenter networking design is accepted by IEEE ToN 2023.

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