Zhaoxu Zhang (张兆旭)

Email: zhaoxuzh at usc dot edu
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I am Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Computer Science, University of Southern California (USC), supervised by Prof. William G.J. Halfond. I received my B.Eng. degree at Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) in 2020 supervised by Prof. Yepang Liu.

My research interests is the combination of Software Engineering, Software Testing and Human Computer Interaction.


  • [September 21, 2023] I passed my Qualifying Exam and became a Ph.D. candidate now!
  • [January 16, 2023] Our paper on Android bug report reproduction is accepted to ISSTA 2023!
  • [December 24, 2020] Started my PhD life in USC!
  • [June 1, 2020] Recieved the honor of Summa Cum Laude Graduate from SUSTech


  • University of Southern California
    Sep. 2020 - Present
    Ph.D. in Computer Science
    Honor: Graduate Scholl Fellowship
    Los Angelos, California USA
  • Southern University of Science and Technology
    Sep. 2016 - Jun. 2020
    B.E. in Computer Science
    Honor: Summa Cum Laude Graduate
    Shenzhen, Guangdong China


* denotes equal contribution
  1. [ISSTA 2023] Zhaoxu Zhang, Robert Winn, Yu Zhao, Tingting Yu, William G.J. Halfond. Automatically Reproducing Android Bug Reports Using Natural Language Processing and Reinforcement Learning. In the the 32nd ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on Software Testing and Analysis, Seattle, Washington, USA, July 17-21, 2023 (Acceptance Rate 117/372=31.4%). [pdf] [website] [tool]

  2. [SANER 2020] Zhaoxu Zhang*, Hengcheng Zhu*, Ming Wen, Yida Tao, Yepang Liu, Yingfei Xiong. How Do Python Framework APIs Evolve? An Exploratory Study. In the 27th IEEE International Conference on Software Analysis, Evolution and Reengineering London, Ontario, Canada, February 18-21, 2020. [pdf] [slides] [talk]


  • Journal reviewer: ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology (TOSEM 2023)
  • PC member: ISSTA 2023 Artifact Evaluation Track

Honors and Award

  • Summa Cum Laude Graduate, 南方科技大学十佳毕业生 (June 2020)
  • SUSTech Annual Outstanding Student, First Level (October 2018)
  • SUSTech Annual Outstanding Student, First Level (October 2017)