John's Important information for potential research students and/or post-doc

To potential post-doc:

Yes, my research group has post-doc positions open. I am looking for post-doc in the area of network science or applied system security. For the first topic, you need to have a strong background in stochastic processes, random graphs, knowledge in applied machine learning methods, and algorithm analysis. For the second topic, you need to have a strong background in linux, Android and system security. If you are interested, please email me and provide me with your CV (or resume) as well as your background information.

To potential research students:

Yes, our research group is looking for some energetic and hardworking students/researchers !!!! Please send me email or come to my office for discussion.

If you are interested in mathematical or system research on networks, security and large scale distributed systems, please come to my office and we can have a chat to see whether we have any common research interest.

For students who have a strong background in mathematics or theory, for example, students who have degrees in Computer Science/Engineering, Mathematics and/or Physics, our research group is actively seeking these candidates for some very interesting research projects. The backgrounds we seek are: probability, stochastic processes, statistical analysis such as mean field analysis, game theory, approximation algorithms,…etc.

Let me first state the background I want for my students:

  • Have a strong background in mathematics and/or system.

    For mathematical background, I'm looking for:

    • probability and stochastic processes;
    • background on algorithms and analysis;
    • game theory;
    • approximation algorithms;
    • mathematical optimization techniques, …etc.

    System implies the following knowledge:

    • strong in C or C++;
    • good knowledge in Linux kernel;
    • good knowledge in network programming, …etc.
  • Beside having a strong background in mathematics and systems, I also expect my students to have the following qualities (yes, I count these qualities to be more important than your technical knowledge background):

    • diligent;
    • high intellectual curiosity (e.g., willing and motivated to learn new things so as to expand one's intellectual horizon);
    • have passion in doing "research".


Last but not least, the following is a famous quote by Calvin Coolidge (1872), whose statement reflects our research style and expectation:

Press on: Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.

Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not; the world is full of educated failures.

Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.