Youcheng Sun


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Personal profile


Hi, I'm Youcheng! 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.


Research interests

My research interest is in the security and safety assurance 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 TOSEM, ACM TECS, IEEE TR.


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)


PhD Openings

I mainly supervise PhD projects of the following topics

  • Trustworthy AI
  • Automated verification and testing
    • operating systems
    • blockchains, smart contracts

Interested applicants are welcome to contact me for discussing PhD proposals and funding opportunities.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures


  • AI Safety
  • Security
  • Automated Reasoning


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