Dr. Yu Huang

Professor, Ph.D. Supervisor

State Key Laboratory for Novel Software Technology, Nanjing University

Department of Computer Science and Technology, Nanjing University

Postal address:
Department of Computer Science, Nanjing University
163 Xianlin Street, Qixia District, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China, 210023

Office:   Room 805, Computer Science Department Building

Short biography

In July 2007, I joined the State Key Laboratory for Novel Software Technology, Nanjing University. I am a faculty member of the Institute of Computer Software and the Dept. of Computer Science and Technology, Nanjing University. I worked as an assistant professor from 2007 to 2009, and as an associate professor from 2010 to 2016. I was promoted professor in 2017.

I got my Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in Jun. 2007. My supervisor is Prof. Yulin Feng. I got my bachelor's degree in computer science from USTC in Jun. 2002. Before entering USTC, I studied in the Suzhou Middle School, Suzhou China, from Sep.1995 to Jun.1997.

I studied in the Technology Center of Software Engineering, Institute of Software, Chinese Academy of Sciences (TCSE, ISCAS), as a co-educated Ph.D. student of both USTC and TCSE ISCAS from Sep. 2003 to Jul. 2007. From Sep. 2005 to Sep. 2006, I studied in the Department of Computing, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, as a visiting student.

Research interests

  • Distributed algorithms
  • Distributed systems
  • Formal specification and verification
  • Software system reliability
To potential students

I am recruiting well motivated and dedicated Ph.D. / master students to do research in above-mentioned areas. Undergraduate students are also encouraged to contact me, to work on related topics.

Selected publications

  1. Lingzhi Ouyang, Yu Huang, Binyu Huang, Xiaoxing Ma
    Leveraging TLA+ Specifications to Improve the Reliability of the ZooKeeper Coordination Service
    [arxiv 2302.02703] [GitHub repo] [Our spec merged in ZooKeeper repo]

  2. Xiaosong Gu, Wei Cao, Yicong Zhu, Xuan Song, Yu Huang, Xiaoxing Ma
    Compositional Model Checking of Consensus Protocols Specified in TLA+ via Interaction-Preserving Abstraction
    Best Paper Award, in proc. of the 41st International Symposium on Reliable Distributed Systems (SRDS), Sep. 2022.
    [extended tech report version]

  3. Lingzhi Ouyang, Yu Huang, Hengfeng Wei, Jian Lu
    Achieving Probabilistic Atomicity with Well-Bounded Staleness and Low Read Latency in Distributed Datastores
    IEEE Trans. on Parallel and Distributed Systems, 32(4):815-829, Apr. 2021.
    [GitHub repo]

  4. Yu Huang (with Kaile Huang and Hengfeng Wei)
    Fine-grained Analysis on Fast Implementations of Distributed Multi-writer Atomic Registers
    in proc. of the ACM Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing (PODC), Aug. 2020.
    [extended tech report version] [video of presentation]

  5. Yiling Yang, Yu Huang, Xiaoxing Ma, Jian Lu
    Enabling Context-awareness by Predicate Detection in Asynchronous Environments
    IEEE Transactions on Computers, 65(2):522-534, Feb. 2016.

Awards and Recognition

  • Award for Distinguished Computer Science Major Teachers in Universities.
  • Hengfeng Wei, Ph.D Dissertation Award, China Computer Federation (CCF), 2017.
  • Yiling Yang, Ph.D Dissertation Award, China Computer Federation (CCF), 2016.
  • "Climb the Summit" Program, Level B, Nanjing University, 2014.
  • Yiling Yang, "Distinguished New Research Scholar" award for PhD students, Ministry of Education of China, 2012.
  • First Class Award for Techniques and Inventions, Ministry of Education of China, as the 9th (out of 10) team member of the project "Key Techniques, Platforms and Applications of Internetware", 2011.


Last updated: 06/19/2023.