I am an assistant
professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department in the
University of Connecticut. I am looking for self-motivated Master and
Ph.D. students to join my research group. Preference will be given to
candidates who have background in embedded system design, real-time
scheduling theory and wireless networking.
I was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Computer Science, University of Texa at Austin under the supervision of Prof. Aloysius K. Mok and Prof. Simon S. Lam. I received my Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Univerity of Texas at Austin in December 2012 under the supervision of Prof. Aloysius K. Mok. My Ph.D. work focused on designing adaptive reliable and real-time wireless communication platform and corresponding network management and data management techniques for supporting emerging Cyber-Physical Systems. I was the sole recipient of the James C. Browne Graduate Fellowship in 2010 and the recipient of the Microelectronics and Computer Development Fellowship from 2006 to 2009.
I received my Master of Philosophy degree in Computer Science from City University of Hong Kong in 2006, advised by Prof. Kam-yiu Lam and Prof. Edward Chan. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Nanjing University in 2003 with the excellent graduate award.
"RT-WiFi: Real-Time High-Speed Communication Protocol
for Wireless Cyber-Physical Control Applications" with
Yi-Hung Wei, Quan Leng, Aloysius K. Mok from UT Austin
and Wenlong Zhang, Masayoshi
Tomizuka from UC Berkeley wins the best
paper award at the
34th IEEE Real-Time Systems Symposium, the
premier conference in the area of real-time and embedded
[Book] Invited book chapter on "WirelessHART sensor networks" for the Handbook of industrial wireless sensor networks, Woodhead Publishing Limited.
[Article] Invited article on Cyber-Physical Systems for ACM XRDS Magazine.
[Paper] "Towards Building a High-speed Real-time Mobile Gait Rehabilitation System", is accepted and to appear in the Smart America Challenge workshop, to be held in White House.
[Grant] PI: Big Data Analytics in Process Control, unrestricted research gift from Emerson Process Management.
[Talk] Invited talk in the underwater sensor network research laboratory in UCONN. [slides]
[Service] Served as the travel grant committee chair in WUWNet'13.
[Service] Co-organizing a special session on real-time wireless communication for industrial applications in ICIT 2014, with Dr. Johan Akerberg and Dr. Mikael Gidlund from ABB Research Lab.
[Course] CSE4709/CSE5095: Networked Embedded Systems, Fall, 2013.
[Paper] "RT-WiFi: Real-Time High-Speed Communication Protocol for Wireless Cyber-Physical Control Applications" is accepted and to appear in IEEE Real-Time Systems Symposium (RTSS), 2013.
[Service] Served as program committee member for RTAS 2014.
[Paper] Paper "Building Wireless Embedded Internet for Industrial Automation", is accepted and to appear in the 39th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IECON), 2013.
[Service] Served as program committee member for ASP-DAC 2014.
[Paper] "ColLoc: A Collaborative Location and Tracking System on WirelessHART", is accepted and to appear in ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems (TECS).
[Talk] Architecure of a Cyberphysical Avatar, ICCPS, 2013.
[Service] Served as program committee member for ICNP PhD Forum 2013.
[Service] Served as program committee member for RTCSA 2013.
[Talk] Invited talk: Networking Infrastructure and Data Management for Cyber-Physical Systems, UC Berkeley DREAM Seminar.
[Book] Co-translated the book "WirelessHART: Real-time Mesh Network for Industrial Automation". The Chinese version is available here.
[Paper] "Architecture of a Cyberphysical Avatar" is accepted in ACM/IEEE 4th International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems (ICCPS), 2013.
Avatar: In this project, we are working with the Human
Centered Robotics Lab led by Prof.
Luis Sentis and the Neural
Networks Research Group led by Prof.
Risto Miikkulainen in the University
of Texas at Austin to build a semi-autonomous robotic
system named Cyberphysical Avatar. Cyberphysical Avatar is
designed to be able to adjust to unstructured environments
and perform physical tasks subject to critical timing
constraints while under human supervision. It integrates
recent advance in three technologies:
Mobile Gait Rehabilitation System: In this project, we
are working with the Mechanical
Systems Control Lab led by Prof.
Masayoshi Tomizuka in University
of California, Berkeley to build a networked mobile
assistive system to transform outpatient rehabilitation from
a closed environment at a hospital or rehabilitation center
to an open, home or community environment.
We deployed a wireless body sensor network on the patient side by integrating heterogeneous medical sensors and actuators (including air pressure sensors and inertial sensors) on our low-power and real-time wireless communication platform. Real-time sensor data collected from patients will help remote physical therapist to make high-level decision and provide dynamic and appropriate training plans for the patients.
Our preliminary result is available here. We are performing clinical testing in UCSF medical school to validate our system design and evaluate the performance of the designed control algorithms in real hospital environment.
WirelessHART: Low-Power Reliable and Real-Time Wireless Sensing and Control Network: In this project, we work with the Future Architecture Department led by Mark Nixon in Emerson Process Management to design and develop the WirelessHART real-time communication platform, which is the first open wireless communication standard for industrial wireless real-time sensing and control applications. Our achievements include:
Data Management in Distributed and Dynamic Real-Time Sensing and Control Systems: In this project, collaborating with Prof. Krithi Ramamritham, Prof. Sang H. Son and Prof. Kam-yiu Lam, we studied the problem how to maintain sensor data freshness while maximizing control quality in real-time sensing and control systems especially in presence of dynamic workload in distributed systems. Based on different task models, we designed novel and efficient scheduling algorithms, presented thorough theoretical analysis on their schedulability, and did extensive experiments to validate their correctness and effectiveness. Our results are:
Seleced Journal Publications
M.Phil and Ph.D.
Thesis for the Ph.D. Degree in University of Texas at Austin.
"Networking Infrastructure and Data Management for Cyber-Physical Systems"
Advisor: Dr. Aloysius K. Mok
Committee Members: Dr. Farnam Jahanian, Dr. Simon S. Lam, Dr. Tei-Wei Kuo, Dr. Yin Zhang, Dr. Lili Qiu
Thesis for the Degree of Master of Philosophy in City University of Hong Kong.
"Sampling and Scheduling Technologies for Sensor Data"
Advisor: Dr. Kam-yiu Lam
Experience (Teaching Statement)
Embedded Systems, UCONN, Fall, 2013
CS303e Elements of Computers and Programming: Python,
UT Austin, Spring 2009
CS372 Operating Systems,UT Austin, Fall 2008
CS372h Operating Systems (Honor), UT Austin, Spring 2008
CS327e Database Systems, UT Austin, Fall 2007
CS4404 Distributed Databases, CityU of Hong Kong, Semester A, 2005
Paper Award, RTSS 2013
Best Paper Award Nomination, RTAS 2010
James C. Browne Graduate Fellowship, UT Austin 2009-2010
Microelectronics and Computer Development (MCD) Fellowship, UT Austin 2006-2009
Emerson Publication Award, Emerson Process Management 2008, 2011
Cyber Physical System Week NSF Travel Grant 2008, 2009, 2011
Department Travel Award, UT Austin, Multiple times
Excellent Graduate Award, Nanjing University, China 2003
People's Scholarship, Nanjing University, China 2000 - 2003
First Prize of "Hope-Cup" National Mathematical Contest for High School, China 1998
"Architecure of a Cyberphysical Avatar", ICCPS, 2013.
"Networking Infrastructure and Data Management for Cyber-Physical Systems", UConn CSE Colloquia.
"Networking Infrastructure and Data Management for Cyber-Physical Systems", UC Berkeley DREAM Seminar.
"Architecture of a Cyberphysical Avatar", in REACTION, 2012.
"Network Infrastructure and Data Management for Cyber-Physical Systems", Invited talk, Hamilton Institute, National University of Ireland, Maynooth. [abstract and video]
"Network Infrastructure and Data Management for Cyber-Physical Systems", Ph.D Oral Defense Exam.
"Cluster-Based Multi-version B+-Tree in Flash-Based Embedded Database Systems", in RTAS 2012.
"HartFi: An Energy-Efficient Localization System", in GreenNet 2011.
"Reliable and Real-time Communication in Wireless Industrial Mesh Networks", in RTAS 2011.
"Control over WirelessHART Networks", in IECON 2010.
"A Virtual Network Approach for Testing Wireless Mesh in Industrial Process Control", in RTCSA 2010.
"Online Scheduling Switch for Maintaining Data Freshness in Flexible Real-Time Systems", in RTSS 2009.
"Online Scheduling Policy Switch Based on Validity Constraint", in RTSS, 2008
"Wi-HTest: Compliance Test Suite for Diagnosing Devices in Real-Time WirelessHART Network", in RTAS, 2009.
"Coding-Aware Multi-path Routing in Multi-Hop Wireless Networks", in IPCCC, 2008.
"A Statistics-based Sensor Selection Scheme for Continuous Queries in Sensor Networks", in RTCSA, 2005.
"Probabilistic Continuous Update Scheme in Location Dependent Continuous Queries" in APPT, 2005.
"Hierarchy Energy Scan in Wireless Sensor Network using in-network aggregation", in ISPA, 2004.
Member of program committee for RTAS 2014
Member of program committee for ASP-DAC 2014
Member of program committee for RTCSA 2013
Member of program committee for ICNP PhD Forum 2013
Session Chair for Ubiquitous Computing in RTCSA 2010
International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks(IJDSN); Control Engineering Practice; IEEE Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration Systems(TVLSI); IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications(TWC); ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems (TECS); Information Processing Letters (IPL); Journal of Circuits, Systems and Computers (JCSC);Sensors; The Computer Journal (COMPJ); IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology (TVT); IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation & Measurement (TIM); International Journal of Computational Science and Engineering (IJCSE); Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (TPDS); Journal of Communications and Networks (JCN); International Journal of Communication Systems (IJCS); Journal of Global Optimization (JGO); Knowledge and Information Systems (KAIS); ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks (TOSN); Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing (WCM); Ad Hoc Networks (ADHOC); Journal of System and Software (JSS); Future Internet; ACM Computing Surveys; IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics (TII); IEEE Communication Letter (CL); Journal of Computer Science and Technology(JCST);
IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC); IEEE Real-Time Systems Symposium (RTSS); IEEE International Conference on Embedded and Real-Time Computing Systems and Applications (RTCSA); IEEE Workshop on Embedded Systems for Real-time Multimedia (ESTIMedia); IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE); International Conference on Embedded Software (EMSOFT); Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IECON); Workshop on Compositional Theory and Technology for Real-Time Embedded Systems (CRTS); IEEE International Conference on Industrial Informatics (INDIN); ACM Workshop on Real-World Wireless Sensor Networks (REALWSN); ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM)