Zhilong Wang

Ph.d Student in the Pennsylvania State University

Education Research Interests Research Projects My Github Publications CV

(English Version)

(Chinese Version)


  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Email: zzw169@psu.edu


I am a researcher broadly focusing on program analysis, software and system security. In the past, I did some projects to secure software by customizing Linux Kernel, Compiler (GCC, LLVM). Recently, I was trying to solve security problems through program analysis and deep learning.


Pennsylvania State University
Sep. 2019 - Present
Ph.D student in College of Information Science and Technology
Major: Informatics
Advisor: Peng Liu
Nanjing University
Sep. 2016 - Jul.2019
M.S. in Department of Computer Science and Technology, I was very lucky to work with nice professor and group. more
Major: Computer Science and Technology
Advisor: Bing Mao
Penn State University
Feb. 2018 - Sep. 2018
Visting Research Scholar(Research Assistant) in College of Information Science and Technology, Penn State University
Zhengzhou University
Sep. 2012 - Jul. 2016
Earned Dachelor's Degree of Computer Science and Technology
- GPA: 3.6/4.0    - Ranking: 1/240

Research Interests

-To solve the security problem through deep learning methods;
-To detect, analyze and solve system and software problems with dynamic and static program analysis;
-To deploy security strategies by modifing the Kernel and Compiler;
-To secure the system and software via hardware's new features (e.g., ARM ETM and Intel AES-NI);


System and software Security Technology;  Static and Dynamic Program Analysis;   Program Compilation;   Linux Kernel;

Research Projects

College of Information Science and Technology, Penn State University.
Feb. 2018 - Sep. 2018

Research Assistant
Hardware-assisted Modular Kernel Protections.

Department of Computer Science and Technology, Nanjing University.
Sep. 2016 - Dec. 2017

Master Student
Design dynamic stack guard[1,2] and new program obfuscation techniques[3]
Explore secure dynamic linking techniques

Robotics Lab, Zhengzhou University.
Oct. 2013 - Jul. 2014

Design and develop automatic robot control algorithms


  1. Yoon-Ho Choi, Peng Liu, Zitong Shang, Haizhou Wang, Zhilong Wang, Lan Zhang, Junwei Zhou and Qingtian Zou. 2019. "Using Deep Learning to Solve Computer Security Challenges: A Survey." Cybersecurity, 2020. download
  2. Zhilong Wang , Xuhua Ding, Chengbin Pang, Jian Guo, Jun Zhu and Bing Mao. "To Detect Stack Buffer Overflow With Polymorphic Canaries." In IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN) 2018. download
  3. Jun Zhu, Weiping Zhou, Zhilong Wang , Dongliang Mu, and Bing Mao. "DiffGuard: Obscuring Sensitive Information in Canary based Protections." In EAI International Conference on Security and Privacy in Communication Networks (SecureComm), 2017. download
  4. Dongliang Mu, Jia Guo, Wenbiao Ding, Zhilong Wang , Bing Mao, and Lei Shi. "ROPOB: Obfuscating Binary Code via Return Oriented Programming." In EAI International Conference on Security and Privacy in Communication Networks (SecureComm), 2017. download

Arxiv Preprints

  1. Zhilong Wang, Peng Liu. 2019. "GPT Conjecture: Understanding the Trade-offs between Granularity, Performance and Timeliness in Control-Flow Integrity." arXiv preprint arXiv:1911.07828, 2019. download