Email: yunlu.mail[at]

Office: ECS 458

I am an assistant professor at University of Victoria. I received my PhD from the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh, supervised by Professor Vassilis Zikas. My research interests include differential privacy, secure MPC, rational cryptography, and provable security.

I received my BSc and MSc in Computer Science from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). I have also worked at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) as a research assistant and was a visiting graduate student at Academia Sinica in Taiwan and the Simons Institute at Berkeley.

I am looking for new students! If you are interested in working with me at UVic, please don’t hesitate to contact me with your CV, transcript(s), and (if applicable) your IELTS/TOEFL scores. Please also let me know your research interests, so we can determine if we are a good fit.

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2022Yun Lu, Malik Magdon-Ismail, Yu Wei, Vassilis Zikas. Eureka: A General Framework for Black-box Differential Privacy Estimators. Link to ePrint.

Michele Ciampi, Yun Lu, and Vassilis Zikas. Collusion-preserving computation without a mediator. Published in CSF 2022. Link to ePrint.
2021Christian Badertscher, Yun Lu, and Vassilis Zikas. A Rational Protocol Treatment of 51% AttacksPublished in CRYPTO 2021. Link to ePrint.
2020Ao Liu, Yun Lu, Lirong Xia, Vassilis Zikas. How Private Are Commonly-Used Voting Rules? Published in Proceedings UAI 2020. Link to arXiv.
2018Yun Lu, Konstantinos Mitropoulos, Rafail Ostrovsky, Avraham Weinstock, and Vassilis Zikas. Cryptographically secure detection of injection attacksPublished as poster in Proceedings CCS 2018.



Presented paper “Collusion-preserving computation without a mediator” at CSF 2022.

Presented paper “A Rational Protocol Treatment of 51% Attacks” at TPBC 2021 and CRYPTO 2021. Link
2020Presented paper “How Private Are Commonly-Used Voting Rules?” at UAI 2020. Link
2019Preliminary results of paper “Collusion-preserving computation without a mediator” presented as (short and informal) talk at CRYPTO 2019 rump session. Link
2018Preliminary results of paper “How Private Are Commonly-Used Voting Rules?” presented as poster at COMSOC 2018 and short talk at the WADE workshop at EC 2018. Link 
2017Preliminary results of paper “Cryptographically secure detection of injection attacks” presented as short talk at CRYPTO 2017 rump session. Link



CS 588A: Topics on Data Privacy

During my visit to Simons Institute, I led a session teaching differential privacy at the Berkeley Math Circle (BMC) to high school students.
2016-2017Teaching assistant at RPI for courses: (1) Foundations of Computer Science and (2) Cryptography II. Responsibilities included grading, conducting office hours, exam proctoring, and leading recitation sessions.
Co-supervisor: Connor Hadley (MSc.) at RPI; Thesis: “Secure Multiparty Differentially Private Mechanisms”
2014-2016Teaching assistant at UCLA for courses: (1) Computer Organization (for two quarters), (2) Mathematical Modeling for Computer Science, (3) Software Engineering (for two quarters), and (4) Programming Languages. Responsibilities included grading, office hours, exam proctoring, and leading weekly discussion sessions. Teaching evaluations from students are available upon request.


Program Committee

2022: AFT

2017: PKC, CRYPTO, FC; 2018: TCC; 2019: Eurocrypt, ISC, CCSW; 2020: SP, AAMAS, CCS, EuroS&P, CVC; 2021: PKC, PODC, Tokenomics; 2022: FC, CCS, TDSC, ESORICS, ICDCS, CRYPTO
Application reviewerVolunteer UCLA Scholarship Application Reviewer for the Freshman and Transfer Student Alumni Scholarship (March, April 2020, Oct, Nov 2021)