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Yuzhe Tang

Associate Professor
Dept. of EECS, Syracuse University
4206 Center of Science and Technology,
Syracuse, 13244-4100
Email: ytang100 [at] syr [dot] edu
C.V.: [webpage],[pdf]
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We have Ph.D. opennings for self-motivated and talented students to join our group [link]. Please share your thoughts/ideas on my recent papers before sending an email.

  • Mar 2023: Grateful to receive cloud funds from [CloudBank].

  • Mar 2023: Invited to serve NDSS 24 program committee. Please submit your best work: [CFP].

  • Mar 2023: Invited to serve ACSAC 23 program committee. Please submit your best work: [CFP].

  • Feb 2023: Our DeFi security work is conditionally accepted to Euro S&P 23. Congrats to Jiaqi!

  • Feb 2023: Our collaborative work on Blockchain Data Explorer is accepted to IEEE Transactions on Computers (TC)!

  • Jan 2023: Our paper on Blockchain Ethics is accepted to EthiCS 23!

  • Jan 2023: The extension of our iBatch work (FSE’21) is accepted to TSE 23. Congrats to Yibo and Jiaqi!

  • Oct 2022: My student Wanning Ding received Ethereum Protocol Fellowship. Congrats to Wanning!

  • Aug 2022: Invited to serve Euro S&P 23 program committee. Please submit your best work: [CFP].

  • Aug 2022: Our blockchain paper accepted to ConsensusDay 2022. Congrats to Yibo and Kai!

  • July 2022: Grateful to receive an NSF CNS grant (Single PI) on blockchain systems research.

  • June 2022: Grateful to receive an academic grant (Single PI) from Ethereum Foundation on blockchain security research.

  • June 2022: Invited to talk about blockchain applications at DBSec 2022 [link].

  • Apr. 2022: My Ph.D. student [Kai Li] is joining [the Computer Science Dept. at San Diego State Univ.] as a tenure-track Assistant Professor. Godspeed to Kai!!

  • Feb. 2022: Invited to talk about our blockchain research in [UK Security seminar] and at [NUS].

  • Feb. 2022: Invited talk in [NSF blockchain-education workshop]: [slides].

  • Sep. 2021: Our blockchain paper accepted to ACM CCS 2021. Congrats to Kai and Yibo!

  • Aug. 2021: Our blockchain paper accepted to ACM IMC 2021. Congrats to Kai!

  • Aug. 2021: Our paper accepted to ACM Middleware 2021 (Industrial track).

  • Aug. 2021: Invited to serve a blockchain panel in VLDB’21 [link].

  • June 2021: Grateful to receive an NSF SaTC education grant. We will be developing blockchain labs [link].

  • June 2021: Our blockchain paper accepted to ESEC/FSE 2021. Congrats to Yibo, Kai and Jiaqi!

  • Oct. 2020: Our blockchain paper accepted to NDSS 2021. Congrats to Kai, Jiaqi and Xianghong!

  • Aug. 2020: Our blockchain paper accepted to Middleware 2020. Congrats to Kai and Zhehu!

  • Nov. 2019: Chair blockchain workshop BlockDM 2020. Please submit your best work [link].

  • July 2019: Deliver a public lecture to K-12 in Syracuse City School District.

  • Apr 2019: Honorable mention in Google & Intel 2019 C3 Challenge. Congrats to Kai and Burak! [link]

  • May 2018: Release blockchain labs and deliver them in the SEED workshop: [link].

  • Apr. 2018: Release Intel SGX labs: [link].

Research Interests

Dr. Tang is broadly interested in cyber-security and computer systems research. His cyber-security research is geared toward applying formal methods, program analysis, and software testing techniques for vulnerability discovery, attack detection, secure system designs in domain applications. He is also interested in security-oriented measurement of large-scale systems.

His current research mission is to bring systems security and efficiency into real-life decentralized systems like blockchains. He tackles the grand challenges at different blockchain layers, including DeFi protocols, smart contracts, layer-two web3 infrastructures, layer-one consensus implementations, and P2P networking. His research and educational efforts on the blockchain are currently supported by two active National Science Foundation grant awards and an Ethereum Foundation academic-grant award (please read below). His blockchain research is published at top-tier venues, such as [CCS21],[NDSS21],[IMC21],[FSE21],[Middleware20],[ICDE19]. His research results in software updates in popular Ethereum clients, including Geth, Besu and OpenEthereum. He also builds the [BADD labs] for active learning in Blockchain And Dapp Development.

Besides blockchains, he has worked on confidential computing and secure clouds, trusted execution environments, applied privacy-preserving protocols, and peer-to-peer data management. His research is generously supported by National Science Foundation (NSF), Ethereum Foundation, National Security Agency (NSA), Intel, Cyber Research Institute, and Syracuse University. Listed below are selected awards:

  • DoS-secure transaction propagation on Ethereum: Exploit generation and attack detection. Agency: Ethereum Foundation (Academic Grant), Single PI

  • One Size doesn't Fit All: Workload-Aware Cost Optimization for Decentralized Applications on Blockchains. Agency: NSF (CNS Core: Small), Single PI

  • Developing Instructional Laboratories for Blockchain Security Applications. Agency: NSF (SaTC: EDU)

  • External Obliviousness in Trusted Execution Environments. Agency: NSF (SaTC: Small), Single PI

More detail about his research is described on [link] and in his C.V. [webpage],[pdf].

Selected Publications

Underline: students advised by me.

  • Jiaqi Chen, Yibo Wang, Yuxuan Zhou, Wanning Ding , Yuzhe Tang, X. Wang, Kai Li. “Understanding the Security Risks of Decentralized Exchanges by Uncovering Unfair Trades in the Wild”, IEEE Euro S&P 2023, AR=35.7%

  • Kai Li, Yibo Wang, Yuzhe Tang. “DETER: Denial of Ethereum Txpool sERvices”, ACM CCS 2021, AR=22% [pdf], [slides]

  • Kai Li, Jiaqi Chen, Xianghong Liu, Yuzhe Tang, X. Wang, X. Luo. “As Strong As Its Weakest Link: How to Break (and Fix) Blockchain DApps at RPC Service”, ISOC NDSS 2021, AR=15.2% [pdf], [slides]

  • Kai Li, Yuzhe Tang, Jiaqi Chen, Yibo Wang, Xianghong Liu. “TopoShot: Uncovering Ethereum's Network Topology Leveraging Replacement Transactions”, ACM IMC 2021, AR=28% [pdf], [slides], [poster], [open dataset]

  • Yibo Wang, Qi Zhang, Kai Li, Yuzhe Tang, Jiaqi Chen, X. Luo, T. Chen. “iBatch: Saving Ethereum Fees via Secure and Cost-Effective Batching of Smart-Contract Invocations” ESEC/FSE 2021, AR=24.5% [pdf], [extended version], [html], [slides]

  • Yuzhe Tang, Kai Li, Q. Zhang, J. Xu, J. Chen. “Authenticated Key-Value Stores with Hardware Enclaves”, ACM/IFIP Middleware 2021 (Industrial track) [pdf], [extended version] [slides]

  • Kai Li, Yuzhe Tang, Jiaqi Chen, Zhehu Yuan, C. Xu, J. Xu. “Cost-Effective Data Feeds to Blockchains via Workload-Adaptive Data Replication”, ACM/IFIP Middleware 2020, AR=25.2% [pdf], [extended version], [slides]

  • C. Zhang, C. Xu, J. Xu, Yuzhe Tang, B. Choi. “GEM^2-Tree: A Gas-Efficient Structure for Authenticated Range Queries in Blockchain”, IEEE ICDE 2019, Full Paper, AR=26.8% [pdf]

Full list of publications: [link], [DBLP].

Open-source Software


I am fortunate and grateful to work with the following bright Ph.D. students.

  • Yibo Wang [link]: FSE'21, TSE'23, CCS’22 poster, ConsensusDay’22 (1st author), IMC'21, CCS'21

  • Jiaqi Chen [link]: Euro S&P'23 (1st author), NDSS'21, IMC'21, FSE'21, Middleware'20

  • Yuxuan Zhou [link]

  • Wanning Ding [link]: Ethereum Protocol Fellowship’22 awardee

  • Xianghong Liu: NDSS'21, IMC'21


  • Kai Li (Ph.D.) [link]: Tenure-track Assistant Professor at San Diego State Univ., 2022 NortonLifeLock Fellowship finalist.

[Link] to our FullStack Security Lab (FSSL).