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Hongwei Zhang



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Hongwei Zhang @ Wayne

I lead the Dependable Networking and Computing research group in t
he Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University (ISU). I am also a courtesy faculty member in the Department of Computer Science at ISU. Before joining ISU, I was with Wayne State University.

Our research explores theories, methods, and systems building-blocks for addressing dynamics and uncertainties in networked systems
. Presently, we are especially interested in the modeling, algorithmic, and systems issues in wireless sensing and control networks (e.g., those in 5G and beyond) as well as their applications in mixed reality, connected and automated vehicles, smart agriculture, smart energy grid, industrial IoT, and cyber-physical-human systems in general. For instance, as a part of the CPS, NeTS, US Ignite, CC*, and GOALI programs of NSF and in collaboration with industry, we have been investigating field-deployable mechanisms for predictable, real-time wireless networking as well as their integration with SDN and edge/cloud computing infrastructures for mission-critical control and AR/VR applications. (YouTube videos discussing our work on wireless networked 3D vision: US Ignite demo, GENI demo.) As a part of the NSF GENI program, we have developed theoretical and systems foundations for experimentation and service provisioning in connected and automated vehicles as well as in federated, networked sensing. 

Besides publications, o
ur work has provided foundational components for several wireless network systems, including the CyNet software-defined cyberinfrastructure for smart agriculture and transportation, the emulation system and software-defined innovation platforms for sensing and control networks of connected and automated vehicles, the WiMAX research cellular network, the KanseiGenie federated sensor networks, the NetEye experimental infrastructure (which has 176 IEEE 802.15.4 nodes and 15 802.11b/g nodes), and the DARPA sensor network systems A Line in the Sand and ExScal (which, with its 200-node 802.11b mesh network and 1,200-node mote network, was the world's largest wireless sensor network and 802.11b mesh network deployed at its time).

I received the NSF CAREER Award in 2011. Our work has been recognized by the Best
Demo Award at the 23rd and 21st NSF GENI Engineering Conference in 2015 and 2014 respectively, and the Best Demo First Runner-up Award at the 20th NSF GENI Engineering Conference in 2014. Our articles have been selected as the Annual Best Paper of the Journal of Systems Science and Complexity (Springer) in 2016, the Spotlight Paper of the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing in November 2010, and a Best Paper Candidate at the IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols (ICNP) in 2010. Our work has also been featured by public media such as CBS, Computing Community Consortium (CCC), Science X, SmartPlanet, EurekAlert!, Model D, UMTRI Connected Vehicle News, Michigan University Research Corridor News, Wayne State University New Science Magazine, and Today@Wayne.