Lin Zhang


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Ph.D., Electronic Engineering, Jan. 2006

Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Masters of Science, Electronic Engineering, July 2001

Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Bachelor of Engineering, Electrical Engineering, June 1998

Tsinghua University, Beijing, China 


Efficient Protocols for Sensor Networks; Statistical Learning and Data Mining Algorithms for Sensory Data Processing; and Information Theory. 


2017/7-present  Professor, Department of Electronic Engineering, Tsinghua University.

2012/7-2014/7  Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley.

2011/3-2012/6  Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University.

2004/6-2004/11  Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Hong Kong.

2001-2007  Assistant Professor, Department of Electronic Engineering,

Tsinghua University. 


Pimi Air Community: Crowd-sourced Indoor Air-quality Monitoring and Large Sensory Data Mining,Dec. 2013 – Present, RMB 2,500,000 (approximately US$400,000).

GotCha: Using Mobile Taxis as Environmental Sensors to Detect Air Pollution Sources in Urban Areas,Dec. 2012 – Present, RMB 5,000,000 (approximately US$800,000).

CountryRoad: Large-scale Online Car-sharing Service to Alleviate Traffic Burdens,Dec. 2013 – Present, self-supporting project with non-profit organizations in China.

Social Game: Engaging Users to Reduce Energy Usage in Smart Buildings,Oct. 2012 – Present, Siemens CKI Flagship Project, Euro 114,140 (approximately US$145,000).

Mobile Vehicle-based Urban Sensing for Environmental Surveillance, a CISCO joint Research Project, Jan. 2009 – Dec.2011, RMB 9,000,000 (approximately US$1,400,000).

Wireless Ad Hoc Networks that Support Real-time Audios, China Aerospace Co. Ltd., Aug. 2007 – Dec. 2008, RMB 1,000,000 (approximately US$160,000).

Mobile Wireless Sensor Networks for Precision Agriculture Applications, China National Hi-tech Research and Development Program, Jan. 2007 – Dec. 2011, RMB 2,200,000 (approximately US$350,000).

Wireless Sensor Networks for Greenhouse Monitoring and Control, China National Hi-tech Research and Development Program, Jan. 2007 – Dec. 2008, RMB 700,000 (approximately US$110,000).

Wireless Sensor Networks Supporting Content-rich Applications, National Science Foundation China Project (60672107), Jan. 2007 – Dec. 2009, RMB 700,000 (approximately US$110,000).

Structural Heath Monitoring Wireless Sensor Network for Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Main Stadium (Bird’s Nest),Beijing Olympics Organization Committee, China Railway Research Institute, Mar. 2006 – Sep. 2009, RMB 200,000 (approximately US$32,000). 



[1]  Abbas El Gamal and Young-Han Kim, “Network Information Theory (Chinese Edition, Translated by Lin Zhang),” Published by Tsinghua University Press, Oct. 2014.

Selected Recent Journal Papers

[2]  Yiming Liu, Victor Li, KC Leung, Lin Zhang, "Topology-Transparent Scheduling in Mobile Ad Hoc Networks with Multiple Packet Reception Capability," in IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Sep. 2014.

[3]  Ahn Joon Ahn, M. Sathiamoorthy, Bhaskar Krishnamachari, Bai Fan, Lin Zhang, "Optimizing Content Dissemination in Vehicular Networks with Radio Heterogeneity," in IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, vol. 13, no. 6, 2014, pp. 1312-1325.

[4]  Ping Wang, Lin Zhang, Victor O.K. Li, “Asynchronous Cooperative Transmission in Three-Dimensional Underwater Acoustic Networks,” IET Communications,Vol. 7, Issue 4, 2013, pp. 286-294.

[5]  Liu Yiming, Li, Victor O. K., Leung Ka-Cheong, Zhang Lin, “Topology-Transparent Broadcast Scheduling with Erasure Coding in Wireless Networks,” IEEE Communications Letters, Vol. 17, No. 8, pp. 1660-1663, Aug. 2013.

[6]  Liu Yiming, Li, Victor O. K., Leung Ka-Cheong, Zhang Lin, “Is Topology-Transparent Scheduling Really Inefficient in Static Multihop Networks?” IEEE Wireless Communications Letters, Vol. 2, No. 6, pp. 659-662, Dec. 2013.

[7]  Liu Yiming, Li, Victor O. K., Leung Ka-Cheong, Zhang Lin, “Performance Improvement of Topology-Transparent Broadcast Scheduling in Mobile Ad Hoc Networks,” IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology.

[8]  P. Wang, L. Zhang, Victor O.K. Li, "A Stratified Acoustic Model Accounting for Phase Shifts for Underwater Acoustic Networks," Sensors 13, no. 5: 6183-6203.

[9]  Jiantao Jiao, Lin Zhang, Robert Nowak, “Minimax Bounds for Detectors Based on Estimated Prior Probabilities,” in IEEE Transaction on Information Theory, Vol. 58, Issue 9, 2012, pp. 6101- 6109.

Selected Recent Conference Papers

[10] Xinyu Mao, Shiyu Liu, Lin Zhang, and Victor OK Li. "Energy-Delay Region of Low Duty Cycle Wireless Sensor Networks for Critical Data Collection," in Proceedings of the Information Theory and Application Workshop, UCSD, Feb. 2014.

[11] Yiming Liu, Victor O. K. Li, Ka-Cheong Leung, Lin Zhang, “Distributed Multi-Channel Topology-Transparent Broadcast Scheduling in Ad Hoc Networks,” in Proceedings of the IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (IEEE WCNC 2014), Istanbul, Turkey, 6-9 Apr. 2014.

[12]  Linglong Li, Yixin Zheng, and Lin Zhang. "Demonstration Abstract: PiMi Air Box: A Cost-effective Sensor for Participatory Indoor Air Quality Monitoring," in Proceedings of the 13thInternational Symposium on Information Processing in Sensor Networks IPSN 2014, pp. 327-328, IEEE Press, 2014. (Best Demo Award)

[13] Yixin Zheng, Linglong Li, and Lin Zhang. "PiMi Air Community: Getting Fresher Indoor Air by Sharing Data and Know-how," in Proceedings of the 13th International Symposium on Information Processing in Sensor Networks(IPSN 2014), pp. 283-284, IEEE Press, 2014.

[14] Bing Zhu, Peter Huang, Leo Guibas, Lin Zhang, "Urban Population Migration Pattern Mining Based on Taxi Trajectories," Mobile Sensing Workshop at IEEE/ACM CPSWeek2013, Philadelphia, Apr. 8, 2013.

[15] Kevin Weekly, Donghyun Rim, Lin Zhang, Alexandre M. Bayen, William W. Nazaroff, Costas J. Spanos, "Low-cost Coarse Airborne Particulate Matter Sensing for Indoor Occupancy Detection," IEEE CASE 2013, Madison, WI, USA, Aug. 2013.

[16] Yuxun Zhou, Zhaoyi Kang, Lin Zhang, Costas Spanos, "Causal Analysis for Non-stationary Time Series in Sensor Rich Smart Buildings," IEEE CASE 2013, Madison, WI, USA, August 2013.

[17] Bin Li, Wei Feng, Lin Zhang, Costas Spanos, "DEPEND: Density Adaptive Power Efficient Neighbor Discovery for Wearable Body Sensors," IEEE CASE 2013, Madison, IL, USA, August 2013.

[18] Qiao Fu, Behnam Banitalebi, Lin Zhang, Michael Beigl, "Energy-Efficient Collaborative Data Collection in Mobile Wireless Sensor Networks," IEEE CISS 2013,Baltimore,MD, USA, Apr. 2013.

[19] Yixin Zheng, Lin Zhang, Pei Zhang, Hae-young Kim, "Understanding Building Vibration with Event Detection and Directed Information based Causal Analysis," Stanford Workshop on Building Structure Analysis, Stanford, CA, Sep. 2013.

[20] Yong Ding, Martin Alexander Neumann, Michael Beigl, Per Goncalves Da Silva, Lin Zhang, "A Control Loop Approach for Integrating the Future Decentralized Power Markets and Grids," inProceedings IEEE Smart Grid Communication 2013, Vancouver, Canada, Sep. 2013.

[21] Zhaoyi Kang, Yuxun Zhou, Lin Zhang, Costas Spanos, "Virtual Power Sensing Based on a Multiple-Hypothesis Sequential Test," in ProceedingsIEEE Smart Grid Communication 2013,Vancouver, Canada, Sep. 2013.

[22]  Yang Li, Qixin Huang, Michael Kerber, Lin Zhang, Leo Guibas, "Large-Scale Joint Map Matching of GPS Traces," in Proceedings ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS 2013, Orlando, FL, USA, Nov. 2013.

[23]  Chen Chen, Hao Su, Qixin Huang, Lin Zhang, Leo Guibas, "Pathlet Learning for Compressing and Planning Trajectories," in Proceedings ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS 2013, Orlando, FL, USA, Nov. 2013.

[24]  Wenzhu Zhang, Bing Zhu, Lin Zhang, Jian Yuan, I. You, “Exploring Urban Dynamics based on Pervasive Sensing: Correlation Analysis of Traffic Density and Air Quality,” in Proceedings of The Sixth International Conference on Innovative Mobile and Internet Services in Ubiquitous Computing (IMIS’12), 2012. 


IEEE/ACM IPSN Best Demo Award, 2014.

IEEE CASE, Best Application Paper Award, 2013.

IEEE/ACM SenSys Best Demo Award, 2010.

Tsinghua University Outstanding Teaching Award, 2010.

Student Research Training, Best Project Award, Tsinghua University, 2006.

Tsinghua Linfeng Counselor Contribution Award, 2005.

Tsinghua Outstanding Faculty Member Award, 2002.