Lu Feng

Assistant Professor
University of Virginia

I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Engineering Systems and Environment at the University of Virginia (UVa). I am also a member of the Link Lab - the center of research excellence in Cyber-Physical Systems at UVa. Previously, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. I hold a D.Phil. in Computer Science from the University of Oxford, a M.Phil. in Computer Speech, Text and Internet Technology from the University of Cambridge, and a B.Eng. in Information Engineering from the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications. I have been fortunate to receive several awards in the past, including NSF CAREER Award, NIH NHLBI Big Data Analysis Challenge Winner Award, NSF CRII Award, Rising Stars in EECS, James S. McDonnell Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, among others.

My research focuses on assuring the safety and trustworthiness of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), which are engineered systems with seamless integration of computing devices, control and actuation, and sensing of the physical world. Prominent examples of CPS include automated vehicles, medical devices, and smart cities. Specifically, my current research tackles challenges such as:

  • Safety of AI-enabled CPS: The data-rich nature of CPS has resulted in AI technologies increasingly being embedded in CPS. But many AI systems lack safety guarantees and can lead to catastrophic failures. How do we provide mathematically rigorous guarantees about the safety of AI-enabled CPS?

  • Trust in Human-CPS: There is a growing trend toward human-CPS, where systems collaborate or interact with humans to harness complementary strengths of humans and autonomy. How do we build trustworthy human-CPS while accounting for the uncertainty of human interaction?

Read more about my research here.

I'm looking for motivated PhD students and postdocs who are interested and experienced in cyber-physical systems, formal methods, machine learning, human-computer interaction, and/or robotics. Please read this if you are interested.

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  • Phone: 434-982-2388

  • Email: lu.feng at virginia dot edu