Chenkai (Nicholas) Wang


I am a second-year PhD student in Computer Science department of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, advised by Prof. Gang Wang. My research interests include security and privacy in general, networking, measurement, censorship and cybercrime, and embedded systems. Apart from my profession, my enthusiasm also covers Aviations, Motorsports, Photography, Mechanical Engineering, and some other acativities that overlaps with other engineering and sciences fields. I am a FAA-licensed private pilot.


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

PhD Student in Computer Science (Pre-Qual)

August, 2023 -

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Master of Science in Computer Science

Thesis: VeriSMS: A message verification system for inclusive and trusted patient outreach

August, 2021 - May, 2023

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Bachelor of Science in Geography & Geographic Information Science

Minor in Computer Science

August, 2017 - May, 2021


Fall 2022, ECE422/CS461 Computer Security ITeaching Assistant

Spring 2022, ECE422/CS461 Computer Security ITeaching Assistant


Limin Yang, Zhi Chen, Chenkai Wang, Zhenning Zhang, Sushruth Booma, Phuong Cao, Constantin Adam, Alex Withers, Zbigniew Kalbarczyk, Ravishankar K. Iyer, Gang Wang

Proceedings of The 33rd USENIX Security Symposium (USENIX Security '24) August 14-16, 2024, Philadelphia, PA, USA. DOI: pending

Chenkai Wang, Zhuofan Jia, Hadjer Benkraouda, Cody Zevnik, Nicholas Heuermann, Roopa Foulger, Jonathan A. Handler, Gang Wang

Proceedings of the CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '24) May 11-16, 2024, Honolulu, HI, USA. DOI: 10.1145/3613904.3642027

Chenkai Wang, Gang Wang

Proceedings of the ACM Web Conference 2022 (WWW '22) April 25–29, 2022, Virtual Event, Lyon, France. DOI: 10.1145/3485447.3512228

Mozilla bug bounty program awarded $1,000 for the Firefox Relay vulnerability August, 2023.

Other Involvements

  • Develop proprietary embedded firmware used in production since Dec, 2016;
  • Discovered 5 university-wide or course-specific vulnerabilities with PoCs over 4-year undergraduate studies;
  • Systematically conduct Computer Security researches since July, 2020;
  • Started Redirecting Service which removes user-tracking parameters on Feb, 2021;
  • Start Competing in CTF games together with SIGPwny since Feb, 2022; Earned 436pts for team in DiceCTF ’22[1][2];
  • Contribution to Cadmium project for running native ArchlinuxARM on Lenovo Chromebook Duet.