Youcheng Sun

Youcheng Sun


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Hi, I'm Youceng! I am a Lecturer from the Systems and Software Security group. I am also a member of Centre for Digital Trust and Society, Centre for Robotics and AI and Autonomy and Verification Network. Before joining The University of Manchester, I was a Lecturer at Queen's University Belfast and I was a postdoctoral researcher at University of Oxford. I obtained my PhD from Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna.

My research interest is in the automated verification and testing of complex computing systems: AI, OS and concurrent systems.

Dr. Youcheng Sun is an expert in software security and safety assurance. In particular, he pioneered several techniques on the testing of AI software. His research has been funded by Google, Dstl (Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, UK) and NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre, UK) etc. In the past, Youcheng led the source code testing and verification work for two UK domestic airborne software projects, SECT-AIR and AUTOSAC. He was a member of the EU H2020 project SAFURE investigating safety and security assurance in the design of mixed-critical cyber-physical systems. Youcheng has a strong track record of publications on software engineering, formal verification, cyber-physical systems, robotics and AI safety in top-tier academic conferences and journals, including ICSE, ASE, CAV, TACAS, IEEE S&P (Oakland), NeurIPS, ICCV, ECCV, IJCAI, ICRA, IROS, RTSS, ACM TECS, IEEE TR.


(PhD students) PhD projects are available in the Opportunities page. This is not a complete list. I welcome potential applicants to contact me first and we come up with a plan together.  There are a variety of funding options for our students.


Job vacancies

(28 March 2022) There is an internship opening in repairing deep neural networks. The salary level is Grade 5. Please send me (youcheng.sun at manchester dot ac dot uk) your CV if you are interested. 


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