Yulai Xie, Associate Professor
School of Computer Science, Huazhong University of Science and Technology
F311,Wuhan National Lab for Optoelectronics, Wuhan, China, 430074

Yulai Xie received his Ph.D. degree working with Prof. Dan Feng in Computer Architecture from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) in 2013. He has been a visiting scholar in University of California, Santa Cruz working with Prof.Darrell Long during 2010-2011 and a visiting researcher in Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2015. He joined HUST as an assistant professor in November, 2015, and was promoted to associate professor in November, 2016. He is currently leading the provenance-aware storage applications and systems research group in Data Storage and Application Lab, HUST. His current research interests include provenance-aware data storage, intrusion detection, distributed file systems, cloud storage and vitualization. He currently serves as the web editor of IEEE Letters of the Computer Society. He is also an editoral board member of GSL Journal of Forensic Research and International Journal of Next-Generation Networks. He is member of ACM, IEEE and China Computer Federation (CCF).

Always looking for self-motivated students with strong background in computer security, architecture and system. If you have strong skills in mathmatics, you are also welcome to join in my group. Please do not hesitate to contact me (ylxie@hust.edu.cn) if you are interested to do the research on storage or security.


  • Yulai Xie, Dan Feng, Yuchong Hu, Yan Li, Staunton Sample, Darrell Long, Pagoda: A Hybrid Approach to Enable Efficient Real-time Provenance Based Intrusion Detection in Big Data Environments, IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing, August 2018.

  • Yulai Xie, Dan Feng, Xuelong Liao, Leihua Qin, Efficient monitoring and forensic analysis via accurate network-attached provenance collection with minimal storage overhead, Digital Investigation, September 2018, Vol.26, pp:19-28. (IF=1.774)

  • Xuelong Liao, Yulai Xie, Zhen Rong, Leihua Qin, Jianxi Chen, Dan Feng, Research on provenance collection and storage based on object-based storage system. Journal of Frontiers of Computer Science and Technology, 2018, 12(2):218-230.

  • Kai Huang, Qinglong Meng, Yulai Xie, Leihua Qin, Dan Feng, Dynamic weighted scheduling strategy based on Docker swarm cluster. Journal of Computer Applications, 2018, 38(5)

  • Yulai Xie, Dan Feng, Zhipeng Tan, Junzhe Zhou, Unifying Intrusion Detection and Forensic Analysis via Provenance Awareness,Future Generation Computer Systems, 61(2016):26-36.(IF=4.639)

  • Yulai Xie, Dan Feng, Yan Li, Darrell D. E. Long, Oasis: an Active Storage Framework for Object Storage Platform ,Future Generation Computer Systems, vol. 56, March 2016, Pages 746-758.(IF=4.639)

  • Yulai Xie, Kiran-Kumar Muniswamy-Reddy, Dan Feng, Yan Li, Darrell D. E. Long, Evaluation of a Hybrid Approach for Efficient Provenance Storage,ACM Transactions on Storage, vol. 9, no. 4, November 2013.

  • Yulai Xie, Dan Feng, Zhipeng Tan, Junzhe Zhou, Design and Evaluation of a Provenance-based Rebuild Framework,IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, vol. 49, no. 6, June 2013.

  • Yulai Xie, Kiran-Kumar Muniswamy-Reddy, Dan Feng, Yan Li, Darrell D. E. Long, Zhipeng Tan, Lei Chen, A Hybrid Approach for Efficient Provenance Storage,The 21st ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM), October 2012.

  • Yulai Xie, Dan Feng, Zhipeng Tan, Lei Chen, Junzhe Zhou, “Experiences Building a Provenance-based Reconstruction System,” The Storage System, Hard Disk and Solid State Technologies Summit in conjunction with the APMRC conference, October 2012.

  • Yong Wan, Dan Feng, Fang Wang, Liang Ming, Yulai Xie, An In-depth Analysis of TCP and RDMA Performance on Modern Server Platform,The 7th IEEE International Conference on Networking, Architecture, and Storage, June 2012.

  • Zhipeng Tan, Yanli Yuan, Tian Zan, Yulai Xie, MO_AOBS: Researches of Method Object in Active Object-based Storage Systems,2011 International Conference on Computer Science and Network Technology, December 2011.

  • Yulai Xie, Kiran-Kumar Muniswamy-Reddy, Darrell D. E. Long, Ahmed Amer, Dan Feng, Zhipeng Tan, Compressing Provenance Graphs,The 3rd USENIX Workshop on the Theory and Practice of Provenance, June 2011.

  • Yulai Xie, Kiran-Kumar Muniswamy-Reddy, Dan Feng, Darrell D. E. Long, Yangwook Kang, Zhongying Niu, Zhipeng Tan, Design and Evaluation of Oasis: An Active Storage Framework based on T10 OSD Standard,The 27th International Symposium on Massive Storage Systems and Technologies (MSST), May 2011.

  • Zhipeng Tan, Yulai Xie, Quanli Gui, Tian Zhang, Wenhua Zhang, I/O Response Rate Analysis in the Replicate-Based Object Storage System,The 9th International Symposium on Distributed Computing and Applications To Business, Engineering & Science, August 2010.

  • Yulai Xie, Dan Feng, Fang Wang, Research on Active Storage and Its Implementation on Object Storage,Communications of China Computer Federation, vol. 4, no.11, November 2008.

  • Grants

    • Container-based anomaly detection technology based on improved Isolation Forest,CCF-KunPeng Research Initiative, PI, 2018-2019

    • Provenance-based network security, Wuhan Application Basic Research Program, PI, 2017-2019.

    • Efficient Storage and Query for Large-Scale Provenance in Distributed Environment, Hubei Natural Science Foundation, PI,2017-2018.

    • System and Method for Provenance-based Intrusion Detection,CCF-Venustech Hongyan Research Initiative, PI, 2016-2017

    • Innovation Research Foundation of Huazhong University of Science and Technology, PI, 2016-2018

    • Efficient and Intelligent Provenance-based Intrusion Detection and Data Recovery, National Science Foundation of China, PI, 2015-2017.

    • Efficient Storage and Management for Large-scale Provenance, Postdoctoral Foundation of China, PI, 2014-2015.

    Research Group

    Yue Huang

    Kai Huang

    Xinrui Gu

    Xuelong Liao

    Yuli Li

    Xiang Xia

    Zhuping Zhou

    Pengyu Fu

    Die Hu


    National information storage conference in Xi'an, in Sep. 2017

    China Computer Congress in Fuzhou, in Oct. 2017

    Awards & Certifications

    Awards in 2016 China Computer Congress

    Awards in 2018 China Computer Congress


    • Provenance-based network security, National information storage conference, Sep. 2017

    • Oasis: an active storage framework for object storage platform, CUHK seminar, Dec. 2015

    • A Hybrid Approach for Efficient Provenance Storage, CIKM 2012.

    • Design and Evaluation of Oasis: An Active Storage Framework based on T10 OSD Standard, MSST 2011.

    • Compressing Provenance Graphs, The 9th Annual SSRC Research Retreat, May 2011.

    • Provenance Pruning for Local Storage Systems Based on the PASS Model, SSRC Lab Seminar, March 2011.


    • Journal of Communications and Network (2016-)
    • ACM Transactions on Storage (2015-)
    • Future Generation Computer Systems (2015-)
    • International symposium on Massive Storage Systems and Technologies (MSST), 2010, 2012, 2015 (external reviewer)
    • International Workshop on. Data-Intensive Scalable Computing Systems (DISCS), 2013 (external reviewer)


    • Information Storage Technology (Autumn,2017)
    • Operating System Design and Analysis (Autumn,2017)
    • Logic and Computer Design (Spring,2017)
    • Information Storage Technology (Autumn,2016)
    • Operating System Design and Analysis (Autumn,2016)
    • Java Programming Language (Spring,2016)


    Darrell D. E. Long

    Darrell D. E. Long is the Director of the Storage Systems Research Center. He is Professor of Computer Engineering and holds the Kumar Malavalli Endowed Chair. His current research interests in the storage systems area include high performance storage systems, archival storage systems and energy-efficient storage systems. His research also includes computer system reliability, video-on-demand, applied machine learning, mobile computing and cyber security.

    Dr. Long is Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is Visiting Professor at the United States Naval Postgraduate School and Professor ad Honorem de la Universidad Católica del Uruguay. He has been Visiting Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney, and Professeur Invité at the Université Paris–Dauphine, the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers and the Université Paris–Descartes. He is an Associate Member, European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).

    All his publications can be found here.