Zhang, Lin

Associate Professor of Electronic Eng. Tshinghua University, China

Lin Zhang received a B.Sc. degree from the Electrical Engineering Department of Tsinghua University in Beijing in 1998 and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the Electronic Engineering Department of Tsinghua University in 2001 and 2006, respectively. He is currently an associate professor at Tsinghua University and also serves as the Deputy Director of the Department of Electronic Engineering at the university. From April to November 2004 he was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Hong Kong. His current research focuses on wireless networks, distributed data fusion, and information theory. In 2006 Lin Zhang led a 2008 Beijing Olympic Stadium (the "Bird's Nest°±) structural security surveillance project, which deployed more than 400 multi-hop wireless temperature and tension sensor nodes across the stadium's steel support structure and dome. The system adopted a flexible spectrum sensing and adaptive multi-hop routing algorithm to overcome strong radio interference and long-distance transmission channel-fading, and played a critical role in the construction of the stadium. Since then he has implemented similar wireless sensor networks in a wide range of application scenarios, including underground mine security, precision agriculture, and industrial monitoring. Since 2008 Lin Zhang has been working in close association with CISCO to develop a Metropolitan Area Sensing and Operating Network (MASON). MASON will provide a smart-city and intelligent-urbanization sensor network system for metropolitan areas. MASON has attracted the interest of several medium- and large-sized Chinese cities, including Beijing, Shenzhen, Tianjing, and Chengdu. The first IP-based city-wide wireless sensor network will be deployed in the near future. At Tsinghua University Lin Zhang has been teaching Selected Topics in Communication Networks (40230992) and Information Theory (70230063) to upper-level undergraduate and graduate students, respectively, for the past seven years. In 2004 he received an Excellent Teacher Award from Tsinghua University. Recently he also has led two National Science Foundation of China projects, three National High-Tech Developing (863) projects, and more than 10 research projects funded primarily by private industry. He was the IEEE ICC 2008 Publication Chair and served as a reviewer or TPC member of several major international conferences and journals. He is a co-author of more than 30 technical papers and five U.S. or Chinese patents applications.