Peng Gao


Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
Virginia Tech

Email: penggao [at] vt [dot] edu

Openings: I’m looking for highly motivated students (including PhDs, Masters, undergraduates), postdocs, and visitors/interns to join my group. If you are interested, please send an email to penggao90 [at] gmail [dot] com with your CV.

(To prospective graduate students: Due to the large number of email messages we receive, we cannot respond to each message individually. If you are interested in working with us, we encourage you to read our papers, think about the problems you feel passionate about, and then send us an email on your thoughts on how your interests and experience might align or expand ours.)


I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech. During 2019-2021, I was a Postdoctoral Researcher in Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley (with Dawn Song). I received my Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at Princeton University (with Prateek Mittal and Sanjeev R. Kulkarni) in 2019. I received my B.E. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2013.

I am broadly interested in security, privacy, and systems. My research focuses on creating secure and privacy-preserving systems to solve real-world challenges. My current interests include the domains of threat protection, threat intelligence, blockchain, trustworthy AI, and privacy-enhancing technologies. My research draws on techniques from machine learning, natural language processing, program analysis, and network science.

Selected Awards & Honors



I have been fortunate to work with a group of fantastic students.

M.S. Students

Undergraduate Students


Teaching Assistant, Princeton University

Teaching Assistant, Shanghai Jiao Tong University



Professional Activities

Technical Program Committee



Journal Reviewer

Poster Jury

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