That's me!
David Lie
Canada Research Chair in Secure and Reliable Computer Systems
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Sandford Fleming 2001C
10 King's College Road
Toronto, ON M5S 3G4
Phone: (416) 946-0251
Fax: (416) 971-2326
Admin: Duba Burin, (416) 946-8094 (PGP key)

Research Overview

I am a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Secure and Reliable Computer Systems in the Edward S. Rogers Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto. I am affiliated with the Computer Group. I received my M.S. and Ph.D from Stanford University and my B.A.Sc from Engineering Science at the University of Toronto.

My research goal is to make computer systems safer and more reliable. With the large degree that computing has permeated our lives, from mobile smartphones to ubiquitous cloud computing, it is crucial that this infrastructure that we rely so heavily on be secure and reliable. I take a variety of approaches to achieving this goal, including techniques using operating systems, computer architecture, formal verification and networking. I like building prototypes with my students to demonstrate our ideas and some projects I am currently working on include:

Recent News

Selected Publications


  • ECE568F: Computer Security
  • ECE1776F: Computer Security, Cryptography and Privacy

  • Past:


    Post-Doctoral Fellows: I have several post-doctoral fellowship positions open. Please click here for the job description and criteria. Prospective candidates should fill out this form.

    Graduate Students: I am always looking for graduate students who enjoy building software/hardware systems. Required background requires a solid understanding of operating systems and computer systems, with practical experience writing and implementing software. Security background is desirable but not required. I get many requests for supervision from prospective students and unfortunately, don't have time to respond to every one. If you take the time to read one of my papers and send me suggestions on follow-up work or improvements that you would be interested in pursuing, then you will be more likely to get a response from me.

    If you are interested in applying for graduate studies in ECE, please go here for the application procedure. I supervise students from ECE and CS, if you are not sure which department to apply to, please send me an e-mail.  You can find information on my current students here.

    Undergradaute Students: I'm looking for strong undergraduate students with interests in computer security. 2nd and 3rd year students will be given preference. If interested, please fill out this application form.

    Professional Activities

    I am currently on the program committee for:
    In the past, I have served on the program committees for: