Yanzhi “Aaron” Dou, (in Chinese 窦彦智)

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Research Scientist/Engineer at Facebook

Contact Info:
Address: 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA 94025
Email: aaron.yzdou AT gmail DOT com

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I am a research scientist/engineer at Facebook with work across multiple areas, including product security, real-time data infrastructure, and the Facebook Connectivity Lab (internet.org). My research focuses on securing products and infrastructure by developing novel and effective prevention and detection systems. For prevention, I have been working on hardening the key components of the massive FB codebase by identifying exploitable bugs via program analysis. For detection, I worked on building anomaly detection systems for alerting about unusual data movement and performing root cause analysis on detected anomalies.

Before joining Facebook, I received my PhD degree in electrical and computer engineering from Virginia Tech in 2017. My dissertation was about building privacy-preserving dynamic spectrum access systems. I earned my bachelor’s degree from Tsinghua University in 2013.

Research Interests

Fuzz testing, anomaly detection, wireless network security, privacy-enhancing technologies, machine learning, applied cryptography.

Selected publications [Full List]


  • Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, U.S.A., 08/2013-11/2017

  • M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, U.S.A., 08/2013-12/2016

  • B.E., Electronic and Computer Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 08/2009-06/2013

  • Academic Talent Program (Physics and Mathematics) in School of Sciences, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 08/2009-06/2011

Awards and Grants

Community Service

  • Reviewer: IEEE INFOCOM 2017, 2016, 2015, IEEE WCNC 2018

  • Reviewer: IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Systems Journal


  • Billiards (3rd place in 2014 VT-ACSS single 8-ball tournament, 2nd place in 2016 VT-ACSS team 8-ball tournament)

  • Golf (Just started)

  • Bodybuilding (10 years)