Clark School Home UMD
Return to Faculty Directory

Qu, Gang

1417 A.V. Williams Building

Research Interests 

Optimization and combinatorial problems, applying theoretical discovery to applications in VLSI CAD, wireless sensor networks, bioinformatics, and cybersecurity, with a focus on low power system design and hardware related security and trust.



Gang Qu received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from UCLA in 1998 and 2000, respectively. Previously, he had studied Mathematics in the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) and the University of Oklahoma. He joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the University of Maryland at College Park in 2000. He is a joint associate professor at UMIACS and an affiliate associate professor at the Computer Science Department.

Dr. Qu is a member of IEEE and ACM. He is also an individual member of the Virtual Socket Interface (VSI) Alliance. He has served the technical program committee for many conferences and is currently the general co-chair for the 16th ACM Great Lakes Symposium on VLSI (GLSVLSI 2006). He has published more than 60 journal and conference papers in these areas and co-authored the first book in VLSI Design intellectual property protection. He has won the ACM SIGMOBILE MobiCom best student paper award in 2001.

Related News 

Gang Qu receives NSF EAGER grant for hardware security
The research will focus on the development of three enabling technologies to establish polymorphic gates as a hardware security primitive. July 17, 2017

Qu Gives Keynote at WOCC 2017
Professor Gang Qu's keynote speech was on “How Hardware are Made Insecure and Untrusted.”  April 21, 2017

Qu Wins NIST Grant
Qu and research team will study the use of Silicon Physical Unclonable Functions (PUFs) as an entropy source. January 5, 2016

Qu, Sutton speak on cyberterrorism panel at INCOSE Symposium
Security must be designed into systems, not added after the fact, both agreed. July 16, 2015

Gang Qu delivers keynote address on fault tolerance and the Internet of Things
Qu spoke at the 16th Chinese Fault-Tolerant Computing Conference (CFTC2015) in Shanghai, China. July 16, 2015

Qu organizes ARO workshop on information technologies
The workshop concentrated on emerging cybersecurity technologies used in warfare. March 15, 2015

Clark School Faculty Promotions Announced
Faculty promoted to full professor, associate professor with tenure. June 5, 2014

Ankur Srivastava promoted to full professor
Srivastava's research has advanced the frontiers of chip design technology. May 15, 2014

Gang Qu promoted to full professor
Qu is part of new AFOSR MURI on security theory for nano-scale devices. May 15, 2014

Srivastava, Dey, Mirsky, King win 2014 ISR Awards
Awards honor outstanding faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and staff. May 7, 2014

Researchers at UMD, UCONN, and Rice Awarded MURI
Qu, Srivastava and Alumnus Forte Focus Research on Changing Future Nano-Scale Device Security May 1, 2014

UMD to Offer New MOOCs Multi-Course Specialization in Cybersecurity
New initiative positions university at the forefront of the next chapter in massive open online courses. February 11, 2014

Qu Invited to Speak at 2013 IEEE CAS-FEST
Professor Gang Qu speaks on establishing trust in critical components for Internet of Things: circuitry and routing protocols. June 11, 2013

Gang Qu organizes 'cybervehicle systems' workshop, Nov. 8-9
Free event will address challenges related to next-generation vehicle cyber systems. October 26, 2012

Collaborative international projects funded in solar power, cell-based systems, and ultra-low power systems
Research is part of agreement between Autonomous Province of Trento, Italy, and University of Maryland. February 16, 2012

Qu Appointed to Editorial Board of IEEE Transactions on Computers
Monthly journal covers computer architectures, digital devices, operating systems, and new and important applications and trends. July 29, 2011

Qu and Wu Awarded AFOSR Grant for Trusted Computing System Design
ECE faculty receive $450K grant from Air Force Office of Scientific Research. August 9, 2010

Six Clark School faculty become affiliates of ISR
ISR welcomes Desai, Humbert, Jacob, Paley, Qu and Smela. April 20, 2010

Seven ECE Students Named Future Faculty Fellows
Ph.D. students chosen to participate in Clark School program designed to prepare future professors. February 28, 2010

ECE Faculty Honored at Inaugural Scholarship & Research Celebration
Twenty-seven ECE faculty members honored, representing 1/8 of researchers recognized university-wide. May 2, 2008

Qu in the News for Technique to Save Power in Handheld Devices
Gang Qu featured in MIT Technology Review for research aimed at saving processing power. August 30, 2007

MERIT and TREND Fair Showcases Summer Research
Undergraduate presenters honored for their 11-week research internship projects. August 10, 2007

ECE Professor Introduces New "Desktop Supercomputing"
Uzi Vishkin's group develops first easy-to-program parallel processing supercomputer prototype. June 24, 2007

Five ISR communication researchers featured in E@M magazine
Cover story features Professors Ulukus, Ephremides, Narayan, Liu and La February 24, 2007

Wu and Qu awarded AFOSR grant for high-performance trusted computing platforms
Research will focus on novel applications of data hiding in computer programs. February 15, 2007

Vishkin, Qu, Balkan Share Best Paper Honors at ASAP Conference
ECE group wins best paper prize at conference on special-purpose computing systems. September 14, 2006

ECE Faculty Promotions Announced
Two promoted to professor and four promoted to associate professor. April 27, 2006

Qu Team Receives NCIIA Grant for Secure E-Payment System
Team earns grant from National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance. September 9, 2005

Ephremides is PI for NSF MRI grant on wireless sensor networks
Project will develop experimental prototypes of intelligent embedded systems September 3, 2005

Qu Receives Microsoft Trustworthy Computing Research Award
ECE Assistant Professor Gang Qu earns $50,000 award from Microsoft. June 28, 2005

Barua is co-principal investigator for five-year, $700K NSF grant
Research will investigate parallel random-access model (PRAM)-on-chip. September 2, 2003