Wenchao Zhou

Assistant Professor

St. Mary's Hall, Room 342A
3700 Reservoir Rd NW, Washington, DC 20057

email: wzhou [at] cs [dot] georgetown [dot] edu
phone: +1 (202) 687-4652

I am an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department at Georgetown University. I received the BSE degree in computer science from Tsinghua University in 2006, and the MSE and PhD degrees in computer science both from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009 and 2012 respectively.

My research interests center on the use of data-centric and formal techniques towards ensuring safe and secure distributed systems. I am also interested in distributed data management and the application of database technologies to networked systems.

I am looking for motivated system students with strong programming and writing skills. If you are interested in researches in distributed systems, please contact me via email.


  • Jul, 2013. Our paper "Supporting Distributed Feed-Following Apps over Edge Devices" (with Badrish Chandramouli, and Suman Nath) is accepted at VLDB 2014.

  • Jun, 2013. I am invited to serve on the PC of DASFAA 2014.

  • May, 2013. My dissertation is awarded Honrable Mention of ACM SIGMOD Jim Gray Doctoral Dissertation Award.

  • May, 2013. Our paper "A Formal Framework for Secure Routing Protocols" (with Chen Chen, Limin Jia, Hao Xu, Cheng Luo, and Boon Thau Loo) is accepted at FCS 2013.

  • May, 2013. Our paper "Using Substructure Mining to Identify Misbehavior in Network Provenance Graphs" (with David DeBoer, and Lisa Singh) is accepted at GRADES 2013 (co-located with SIGMOD).

  • Apr, 2013. I am invited to serve on the PC of VLDB 2014, and WRiPE 2013.

  • Feb, 2013. I am invited to serve on the PC of CIKM 2013, and DATA 2013.

  • Oct, 2012. Our paper "Distributed Time-aware Provenance" (with Suyog Mapara, Yiqing Ren, Yang Li, Andreas Haeberlen, Zachary Ives, Boon Thau Loo, and Micah Sherr) is accepted at VLDB 2013.

  • Sep, 2012. Our paper "Declarative Secure Distributed Information Systems" (with Tao Tao, Boon Thau Loo, and Yun Mao) is accepted at Elsevier Computer Languages, Systems and Structures.