Cong Liu

Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science
Department of Computer Engineering
Erik Jonsson School of Engineering & Computer Science
The University of Texas at Dallas


ECSS 4.211, UTD
Richardson, Texas
                         Office phone: (972) 883-3572

Research Assistant (RA) positions available for self-motivated PhD students. I am passionate about designing and implementing timing-predictable, efficient, and safe autonomous embedded systems, with autonomous driving as the currently focused application domain. Recent research focus of our research group is on attacking/detecting/mitigating vulnerabilities in DNN-driven autonomous driving systems and performing system-level optimization in such systems.

I am interested in working with self-motivated students who strive for success through research. In the past, students in our group interned at top research labs (e.g., IBM T.J. Watson and Fujitsu US Research), and had excellent academic and industry job placements. If you are interested in my research and working with me, please include some samples of your work (e.g., major projects, open source contributions, etc.) when contacting me directly.

For current UTD students who are interested in working with me, please stop by my office so that we can discuss and see if there is a good match.


News Archive


» Congratulations to Zheng Dong, who got two first-authored papers accetped by RTSS 2016. I am not aware of any other graduate student who managed to get multiple first-authored RTSS papers in a single year :-)

» Our paper titled "Closing the loop for the selective conversion approach: a utilization-based test for hard real-time suspending task systems" has been accepted to the 37th RTSS (RTSS 2016).

» Our paper titled "Enabling predictable wireless data collection in severe energy harvesting environments" has been accepted to the 37th RTSS (RTSS 2016).

» Our paper titled "k2Q: A quafratic-form response time and schedulability analysis framework for utilization-based analysis" has been accepted to the 37th RTSS (RTSS 2016).

» Served on the TPC at RTSS 2016.

» My students Husheng Zhou will intern at IBM Research T.J. Watson Center this upcoming summer, working on a GPU-related research project; and Zheng Dong will intern at Huawei-US Research this summer, working on real-time scheduling of cellular baseband systems. Congratulations to them! It's now time to leverage research experience and skills learned in school to solve some of the practical industrial cases.

» Two papers have been accepted to INFOCOM'16.

» Received the "Up-and-Coming Young Outstanding Teacher" award from UT-Dallas in 2015.

» Served on the TPC at RTAS 2016 (CPSweek) and ECRTS 2016.

» Received an NSF grant from the CSR core program (as the sole PI) and a gift money grant from an industrial colloborator.

» Our paper titled "k^2U: A General Framework from k-Point Effective Schedulability Analysis to Utilization-Based Tests" has been accepted to the 36th RTSS (RTSS 2015).

» Served on the TPC at RTSS 2015 and RTAS 2015 (CPSweek).

» Our paper titled "A Computation Offloading Framework for Soft Real-Time Embedded Systems" has been accepted to the 27th Euromicro Conference on Real-Time Systems (ECRTS 2015).

» Our paper titled "PASS: Priority Assignment of Real-Time Tasks with Dynamic Suspending Behavior under Fixed-Priority Scheduling" has been accepted to the 52nd DAC (DAC 2015).

» Our paper titled "GPES: A Preemptive Execution System for GPGPU Computing" has been accepted to the 21st RTAS (CPSweek) (RTAS 2015).

» Our paper titled "SHARE: SoH-Aware Reconfiguration to Enhance Deliverable Capacity of Large-Scale Battery Packs" has been accepted to the 6th ICCPS (CPSweek) (ICCPS 2015).

» Our paper titled "Bursty-Interference Analysis Techniques for Analyzing Complex Real-Time Task Models" has been accepted to the 35th RTSS (RTSS 2014).

» Our paper titled "Fixed-Relative-Deadline Scheduling of Hard Real-Time Tasks with Self-Suspensions" has been accepted to the 35th RTSS (RTSS 2014).

» Our paper titled "Task Mapping in Heterogeneous Embedded Systems for Fast Completion Time" has been accepted to ACM Intl. Conf. on Embedded Software (EMSOFT 2014).

» Our paper titled "Supporting Read/Write Applications in Embedded Systems via I/O placement and suspension-aware analysis" has been accepted to ACM Intl. Conf. on Embedded Software (EMSOFT 2014).

» Our paper titled "On Exploiting Dynamic Execution Patterns for Workload Offloading in Mobile Cloud Applications" has been accepted to IEEE Intl. Conf. on Network Protocols (ICNP 2014).

» Our paper titled "Reconfiguration-Assisted Charging in Large-Scale Lithium-ion Battery Systems" has been accepted to ACM/IEEE Intl. Conf. on Cyber-Physical Systems (ICCPS 2014).

» Our paper titled "Analysis Techniques for Supporting Harmonic Real-Time Tasks with Suspensions" has been accepted to Euromicro Conference on Real-Time Systems (ECRTS 2014).

» Our paper titled "Mobile-to-Mobile Energy Replenishment in Mission-Critical Robotics Sensor Networks" has been accepted to IEEE Intl. Conf. on Computer Communications (INFOCOM 2014).

» Served on the TPC for the main track at RTSS 2014.

» Our paper titled "Exploring Adpative Reconfigration to Optimize Energy Efficiency in Large Battery Systems" has been accepted to IEEE Real-Time Systems Symposium (RTSS 2013).

» Served on the TPC for IEEE Real-Time and Embedded Technology and Applications Symposium (RTAS 2014).

»Our paper titled "Supporting Soft Real-Time Parallel Applications on Multiprocessors" has been accepted to Journal of Systems Architecture (JSA).

» I am teaching CS6396: Real-Time Systems this fall semester.

[March 2013]: Our paper titled "Suspension-Aware Analysis for Hard Real-Time Multiprocessor Scheduling" has been accepted to the 25th EuroMicro Conference on Real-Time Systems (ECRTS), 2013.

[December 2012]: Our paper titled "Supporting Soft Real-Time Parallel Applications on Multicore Processors" has been selected as one of the best papers that are invited for a special issue of the Journal of Systems Architecture (JSA): Embedded Software Design.

[September 2012]: I have been awarded a UNC's Dissertation Completion Fellowship that will support me for my last year of study at UNC. Thanks!

[August 2012]: I have been awarded a student travel grant and an ACM SRC travel grant for attending the PACT'12 conference held in minnesota. Thanks!

[August 2012]: Our paper titled "An O(m) Analysis Technique for Supporting Real-Time Self-Suspending Task Systems" has been accepted to the 33th Real-Time Systems Symposium (RTSS), 2012.

[July 2012]: Our paper titled "Power-Efficient Time-Sensitive Mapping in CPU/GPU Heterogeneous Systems", collaborated with IBM research in Austin, has been accepted to the 21st Intl. Conf. on Parallel Architectures and Compilation Techniques (PACT), 2012.

[June 2012]: I finished teaching UNC's undergraduate course "Introduction to Programming" as the sole instructor. I really enjoyed teaching this course and learned quite a lot on how to become a good teacher.

[May 2012]: Our paper titled "Supporting Soft Real-Time Parallel Applications on Multicore Processors" has been accepted to the Intl. Conf. on Embedded and Real-Time Computing Systems and Applications, 2012.