Yifeng Xiao

I am a Ph.D. student studying Electrical Engineering at the University of Southern California. I am advised by Prof. Pierluigi Nuzzo of the DesCyPhy Lab. My current research interests include the design and formal verification of AI-based controllers and robust AI-enabled cyber-physical systems.

I received my B.E. in Microelectronic Science and Engineering from Fudan University. I was fortunate to work with Prof. Jianli Chen and Prof. Bei Yu on graph and machine learning-based applications in electronic design automation.


University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA, USA
Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering
January 2021 - Present

Fudan University

Shanghai, China
B.E. in Microelectronic Science and Engineering
Advisor: Jianli Chen
August 2016 – June 2020

University of Sydney

Sydney, Australia
Exchange Student in Information & Computer Engineering
February 2019 – June 2019


Formalisms for Cyber-Physical System Specification, Analysis, and Design

The goal of the project is to investigate modeling paradigms, algorithms, design methodologies, design flows, and supporting tools to enable compositional and hierarchical design of complex cyber-physical systems, with emphasis on systems enabled by artificial intelligence. We show that a contract-based approach can provide a formal foundation for system design methodologies encompassing both horizontal and vertical integration steps.

March 2021 - Present

Self-Driving Vehicle Testbed

The goal of this project is to build simulation-based and experimental testbeds to emulate realistic scenarios for self-driving vehicles and test the effectiveness of different driving algorithms. The testbeds will target traffic intersections and will include, for example, scaled-down autonomous cars, programmable traffic light sequencers to emulate the traffic and pedestrian signals, and robots to emulate pedestrian traffic.

September 2021 - Present



M. Su, Y. Xiao, S. Zhang, H. Su, J. Xu, H. He, Z. Zhu, J. Chen, Y. Chang

DAC-LBR 2022



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