Hyungsub Kim

Hyungsub Kim (김형섭)

HAAS 274
FRIENDS and PurSec Lab
305 N. University Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907

[Curriculum vitae] [Google Scholar Profile]
[Robotic Vehicle Software Tutorial]
[Papers Related to Cyber-physical System]

About Me

Hello, I am a Ph.D. candidate in Department of Computer Science at Purdue University. I am co-advised by Prof. Dongyan Xu, Prof. Antonio Bianchi, and Prof. Z. Berkay Celik. Before joining the Ph.D. program I was a researcher at Agency for Defense Development. I received my M.S. from POSTECH under the supervision of Prof. Jong Kim.

I am a system security researcher. I develop program analysis techniques to tackle security threats in systems. My research is best represented by my extensive work on robotic vehicles (RVs). I was working on automatically finding logic bugs, patching them, and verifying the patches in RV control software. Currently, my efforts are dedicated to uncovering the root causes and formulating countermeasures against physical sensor attacks that target RVs.

My anticipated graduation date is November 2023.

I am on the academic job market in Fall 2023.

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Fellowships, Awards, and Honors

  • CPS Rising Stars, CPS-VO@National Science Foundation, 2023 (Link).
  • Outstanding Reviewer Award, ISOC Symposium on Vehicle Security and Privacy (VehicleSec) 2023.
  • IEEE S&P Student Travel Grant (US$1,300), San Francisco, California, USA, May, 2022.
  • CCS Student Conference Grant, Virtual Conference, November, 2021.
  • Ross Fellowship, Purdue University Graduate School, 2018.
  • ACSAC Student Conferenceship Award (US$1,200), New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, December, 2014.
  • Best Student Presentation Award, POSTECH CSE Student Workshop, 2014.
  • Semester High Honors, 2011 and 2012 2nd semester, University of Seoul.
  • Semester High Honors, 2007 2nd semester, Chonnam National University.
  • Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy grand prize (US$2,600), high school competitions in the field of computer science, 2004.

  • Professional Services

  • Organizing Committee
  • Program Committee
  • Artifact Evaluation Committee (AEC)
  • Journal Reviewer
  • External Reviewer
  • Session Chair
  • Volunteering participating in the international World Wide Web Conference 2014, April, 7-11, Seoul, Korea.
  • University Services

  • Services for Department

  • Teaching Experience

  • Guest Lecturer
  • Teaching Assistant (TA)

    Mentoring Experience

  • Ruoyu Song (Ph.D. Student at Purdue University)
  • Shidong Pan (Ph.D. Student at Australian National University)
  • Faaiz Masood Memon (Undergraduate Student at Purdue University)
  • Rwitam Bandyopadhyay (Undergraduate Student at Purdue University)

  • Reported Vulnerabilities/bugs

  • 115 bugs in ArduPilot and PX4, discoverd by PatchVerif, 2023. (link)
  • 207 bugs in ArduPilot, PX4, and Paparazzi, discoverd by PGFuzz, 2021. (link)
  • ArduPilot Bug #8783: NULL pointer dereference in libraries/AP_RangeFinder/AP_RangeFinder_BBB_PRU.cpp, July, 2018. (link)
  • ArduPilot Bug #8644: Memory leak in libraries/AP_HAL_ChibiOS/hwdef/common/posix.c, June, 2018. (link)
  • ArduPilot Bug #8642: Memory leak in libraries/AP_HAL_Linux/benchmarks/benchmark_videoin.cpp, June, 2018. (link)
  • ArduPilot Bug #8641: NULL pointer dereference in libraries/AP_HAL_F4Light/hardware/hal/timer.c, June, 2018. (link)
  • ArduPilot Bug #8640: Resource leak in libraries/AP_HAL/utility/srxl.cpp, June, 2018. (link)

  • Useful Resource

  • One of the biggest beautiful things of computer science is that you can freely find open educational resources on the Internet.

  • Cyber-physical System (CPS)
  • Robotics
  • Physical Attacks
  • Compiler/Program Analysis
  • Exploiting Vulnerabilities
  • Sources of Advice
  • Conference
  • Research Statement
  • PhD Defense
  • Academic Interviews
  • Postdoc
  • Research Grant & Funding

  • Personal

  • The places I have visited: China (Beijing and Shanghai), Japan (Tokyo and Fukuoka), Canada (Vancouver), the U.S. (New Orleans, Orlando, Denver, Seattle, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Chicago, Indianapolis, New York, Louisville, San Diego, San Francisco, Washington DC, Ann Arbor, Anaheim, and Irvine), UAE (Abu Dhabi)
  • (The cities in each country are listed in the order I visited)

  • The universities I have visited: China (Peking University, Tsinghua University, and Fudan University), Japan (Tokyo Institute of Technology), the U.S. (University of Washington, University of Chicago, University of Illinois Chicago, Indiana University, Georgetown University, and University of Michigan), UAE (New York University Abu Dhabi)
  • (The universities in each country are listed in the order I visited)

  • Last updated: September 26, 2023