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About Me

I am Qin Zhou, now a PhD candidate in Computer Science Department of University of California, Santa Barbara, co-advised by Prof. Koc and Prof. Sherwood.
My research is about hardware cryptography and topics related to computer security and cryptography.

Encrypted Chip

New Personal Homepage

Made this new personal homepage for myself, using Bootstrap, JQuery, AJAX, PHP, Google Charts, Markerclusterer, Timeline, etc.

Aug 22, 2014 - Sep 1, 2014

Internship in Microsoft

Working in Azure Storage team in Redmond, WA. Completed a project porting Azure C# stress test code to test Azure Java API using Thrift. Glad to see the landscape of industry.

Jun 2014 - Sep 2014

Joined Shellfish Team in Defcon

Joined the UCSB Shellfish Team to participate in Defcon 2014, in which I created multiple virtual machine images using QEMU.

Aug 7, 2014 - Aug 10, 2014

Major Area Exam: Privacy Preserving Query in Cloud

Summarized current research status of Privacy Preserving Query, including Private Information Retrieval (PIR), Symmetric Searchable Encryption (SSE) and Oblivious Random Access Memory (ORAM). Listed several future research ideas. Being a PhD candicate after passing this exam.

Jan 2014 - Mar 2014

MentorLand Web Service on Cloud

Implemented a mentor-student matching platform, on which mentors can post courses while students can search courses and purchase. Many languages and tools were used, such as Ruby on Rails, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Solr, MySQL, SQLite, lots of Rails Gems, Google Maps API, Amazon EC2, httperf.

Sep 2013 - Dec 2013

4096-Bit RSA Hardware Implementation

Implemented 4096-Bit RSA encryption on Altera EP2C50 chip. Montgomery multiplication and Coarsely Integrated Operand Scanning (CIOS) were used to improve performance.

May 2013 - Aug 2013

Parallelized Attacks to Elliptic Curve Discrete Logarithm Problem

Parallelized attacks to Elliptic Curve Discrete Logarithm Problem (ECDLP), in which Brute-force Attack and Pollard Rho Attack were used.

Jan 2013 - Mar 2013

Implementing AES-CCM ECC Cipher Suites for TLS

Implemented AES-CCM ECC Cipher Suites for TLS based on draft-mcgrew-tls-aes-ccm-ecc-02, which uses ECDHE-ECDSA for key exchange and AES-CCM for data transfer to build up a Transfer Layer Security. Involved approximately 3,000 lines of C code.

Oct 2012 - Dec 2012

PhD Study Started

I am honored to be admitted and sponsored by University of California, Santa Barbara.

Sep 2011

Stack Trace Mining based on Frequent Sequence Mining Algorithm

Done in Microsoft Research Asia. A distributed data mining system, which divides a file into multiple partitions loaded onto each machine, each of which computes its share using multi-threads. I finished the experiment of different partition scheduling methods, using HPC API and C#.

Jan 2011 - Jul 2011

Joined Zhejiang University iGEM Team 2010

Designed wiki and write software components for our university to participate in iGEM competition, a synthetic biology competition held by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). We spent a wonderful week in Boston and New York!

Jan 2010 - Nov 2010

Undergrad Study Started

It is a great honor to be a member of Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China.

Feb 2007

Won the First Class Award of National Olympic in Informatics, Provincial (NOIP)

The study of algorithms and Pascal in high school gave me solid computer science foundation for future study. This prize also helped me be admitted to Zhejiang University without College Entrance Exam (i.e., Chinese SAT).

Nov 2006

Studying in Changjun Senior High School, Changsha, China

One of the best schools in Hunan province.

Sep 2004 - Jun 2007

Studying in Jingyan Junior High School, Zhuzhou, China

One of the best schools in Zhuzhou city.

Sep 2001 - Jun 2004

Born in Zhuzhou, Hunan, China

Thank you, mum and dad!



After studying computer science and programming code for more than eight years, a large set of skills accumulated: from hardware to software, from back end to front end.
Any consultation or communication are highly welcomed!