I joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering department of Rutgers University as an Assistant Professor in 2002. In 2008, I was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure, and in 2015, was promoted to full Professor. I am also a member of the Wireless Information Networking Laboratory (Winlab). During March-July 2009, I was a visiting scientist at Nokia Research Center Beijing. Prior to joining Rutgers, I completed my Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering at Penn State University in 2002, and my B.S. in Computer Science at University of Science and Technology of China in 1997.

I am the recipient of the NSF CAREER award. I am currently an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing and IEEE Transactions on Services Computing. I have served on TPC for many conferences, including Infocom, ICDCS, DSN, IPSN, etc.

Research [Publications][CV]

My primary research interest is developing efficient sensing and mobile systems, through rethinking network architecture and communication protocols. Currently, I am building large single-hop sensor networks using transmit-only sensors, which promises to significantly cut down power consumption and improve channel utilization. This technology has led to the launch of Owl Platform. In addition, I am developing unobtrusive techniques to extract important contextual information from people's everyday life. For example, we can track people's indoor locations without having them wear any devices; we can infer the number of people a person speaks to everyday without compromising their privacy. I am now applying these techniques in domains including smart building, aging in place, and youth psychology.

I am also involved in developing the global name resolution system (GNRS) for the MobilityFirst Future Internet Architecture at WINLAB. GNRS can seamlessly support internet access (with latencies lower than 100ms) for billions of mobile devices.

In the past, I have worked on a variety of projects on sensor networks and distributed computing, including item-level asset-tracking using active RFID, congestion alleviation through resource control in sensor networks, sensor network jamming resistance, source location privacy in sensor networks; cache and forward Internet architecture, and CPU scheduling for clusters and grids.

Below I list some recent publications :
  • Musaab Alaziz, Zhenhua Jia, Jian Liu, Richard Howard, Yingying Chen, and Yanyong Zhang, "MotionScale: A Body Motion Monitoring System Using Bed-Mounted Wireless Load Cells", in Proceeding the 1st IEEE International Conference on Connected Health: Applications, Systems and Engineering Technologies (CHASE), 2016. [pdf]
  • Z. Jia, M. Alaziz, X. Chi, R. E. Howard, Y. Zhang, P. Zhang, W. Trappe, A. Sivasubramaniam, and N. An, "HB-Phone: a Bed-Mounted Geophone-Based Heartbeat Monitoring System," in Proceedings of the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks (ACM/IEEE IPSN), 2016. [pdf]
  • S. Li, J. Chen, H. Yu, Y. Zhang, D. Raychaudhuri, R. Ravindran, H. Gao, L. Dong, G. Wang, H. Liu, "MF-IoT: A MobilityFirst-Based Internet of Things Architecture with Global Reachability and Communication Diversity," in proceeding the 1st IEEE International Conference on Internet-of-Things Design and Implementation (IoTDI), 2016 (invited).[pdf]
  • S. Li, A. Ashok, C. Xu, Y. Zhang, J. Lindqvist, and M. Gruteser, "Whose Move is it Anyway? Authenticating Smart Wearable Devices Using Unique Head Movement Patterns", in Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications (PerCom), 2016.[pdf]
  • S. Li, Y. Zhang, D. Raychaudhuri, and R. Ravindran, G. Wang, Q. Zheng, and L. Dong. "IoT Middleware Architecture over Information-Centric Network", in Proceedings of the Globecom ICNS (Information Centric Networking Solutions for Real World Applications) workshop, 2015.[pdf]
  • F. Zhang, C. Xu, Y. Zhang, K. K. Ramakrishnan, S. Mukherjee, R. Yates, T. Nguyen. "EdgeBuffer: Caching and Prefetching Content at the Edge in the MobilityFirst Future Internet Architecture," in Proceedings of the IEEE WoWMoM 2015.[pdf]
  • A. Ashok, C. Xu, T. Vu, M. Gruteser, R. Howard, Y. Zhang, N. Mandayam, W. Yuan, K. Dana, "Low-Power Radio-Optical Beacons for In-View Recognition," in Proceedings of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC-Fall), 2015 (invited). [pdf]
  • S. Zhang, Q. Ma, Y. Zhang, K. Liu, T. Zhu and Y. Liu, "QA-share: Towards efficient QoS-aware dispatching approach for urban taxi-sharing," Sensing, Communication, and Networking (SECON), 2015 12th Annual IEEE International Conference on, Seattle, WA, 2015, pp. 533-541.[pdf]
  • C. Xu, V. Srinivasan, J. Yang, Y. Hirase, E. M. Tapia, Y. Zhang, "Context-aware Global Power Management for Mobile Devices Balancing Battery Outage and User Experience," in Proceedings of the 11th IEEE International Conference on Mobile Ad hoc and Sensor Systems (MASS), October 2014.[pdf]
  • F. Zhang, Y. Zhang, A. Reznik, H. Liu, C. Qian and C. Xu. "Providing explicit congestion control and multi-homing support for content-centric networking transport," Elsevier Journal of Computer Communications, pp. 69-78, September 2015. [pdf]
  • C. Xu, S. Li, Y. Zhang, E. Miluzzo, and Y. Chen, "Crowdsensing the Speaker Count in the Wild: Implications and Applications," IEEE Communication Magazine, 52(10), pp.92-99, Oct 2014. [pdf]


Currently I am supervising the following Ph.D. students:
  • Feixiong Zhang (fourth year)
  • Sugang Li (second year)
  • Mussab Ali (first year)
I am also working with the following Master students:
  • Jakub Kolodziejski (thesis: low-cost, contact-free moisture sensor design)
  • Zhenhua Jia (non thesis option)
  • Bashar Alhamdani (thesis: passive RF fall detection)
I have graduated the following students (with first employment):
  • Chenren Xu, Ph.D., Learning Human Contexts through Unobtrusive Methods, 2014. (Postdoc Fellow at CMU)
  • Tingting Sun, Ph.D., Enhancing Network Functionality for Emerging Mobile Networks through Learning, 2014. (Bloomberg)
  • Bernard Firner, Ph.D., Transmit Only for Dense Wireless Networks, 2013. (Instructor at Rutgers and Owl Platform)
  • Lijun Dong, Ph.D., Content Caching, Retrieval and Dissemination in Networks with Storage, 2011. (Interdigital)
  • Gautam Bhanage, Ph.D., Network Virtualization on the Wireless Edge, 2011. (Juniper)
  • Shengchao Yu, Ph.D., Robust Sentry-Based Schemes: Towards Long-Lived, Fault-Tolerant Wireless Sensor Networks, 2011. (FlexTrade Systems)
  • Yinglung Liang, Ph.D., Failure Analysis, Modeling, and Prediction for IBM BlueGene/L, 2007. (
  • Pandurang Kamat Ph.D., co-chair with Wade Trappe, Providing Privacy in Sensor Networks, 2007. (
  • Wenyuan Xu, Ph.D., co-chair with Wade Trappe, Defending Wireless Networks from Radio Interference Attacks, 2007. (Assistant Prof. at University of South Carolina)
  • Jaewon Kang, Ph.D., co-chair with Badri Nath, Congestion Control in Wireless Sensor Networks, 2006. (Telcordia)
We are constantly looking for motivated students who are not afraid of taking risks, doing the hard work, or at least deploying sensors in the wild. I especially encourage students from the underrepresented group to apply.

Here are some pictures with the students: [At Rutgers Day], [At Winlab], [At Owl Lab], [At Orbit Room]. These pictures never fail to make me feel proud and satisfied.


In Fall 2015, I am teaching Parallel and Distributed Computing/Systems. For students who are taking these classes, please visit Sakai for more detailed course information. If you wish to be added to Sakai, please email me.

Office hours are by appointment.


Recently, I have served on TPCs for the following conferences:
  • 2014: Infocom, IPSN, ICDCN, NOM workshop, ICPP
  • 2013: Infocom, ICDCS, ICPP, ANCS, ICCCN, CosDEO
  • 2012: ICDCS, PhoneCom, MSN

Contact Information

Technology Center of New Jersey
671 Rt. 1 South
North Brunswick, NJ 08902-3390
yyzhang at winlab dot rutgers dot edu
phone:(848) 932-0911
fax: (732) 932-6882