That's me!
David Lie
Associate Professor
Canada Research Chair in Secure and Reliable Computer Systems
Associate Chair of Gradaute Studies

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)
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Research Overview

I am an Associate 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:

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Selected Publications




Graduate Students: I am looking for motivated students who enjoy building software/hardware systems. 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 definitely 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 security, mobile computing and cloud computing who are interested in summer research positions through the USRA program.  2nd and 3rd year students will be given preference.  Please send me a copy of your transcript and a resume/CV if interested.

Post-Doctoral Fellows: I occasionally take post-doctoral fellows.  The main criteria is a strong publication record, fit with my group and evidence of the ability to independently conduct research.  Prospective candidates should e-mail me a CV along with a brief description of relevant experience.

Professional Activities

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