Perspectives on Research Productivity [Talk Link]
Biography: Xinyu Zhang is an associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California San Diego. Before joining UC San Diego, he was an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 2012. Xinyu's research focuses on wireless networking and ubiquitous computing. He aims to approach the vision of the Internet of Things (IoT), through the lens of system design and experimental exploration. He designs wireless network protocols that leverage millimeter-wave signals and large-scale antenna arrays to achieve wire-speed connectivity anywhere, anytime. He also develops systems that repurpose commodity wireless devices to sense human activities and ambient location, with near-vision precision. Xinyu is the recipient of ACM MobiCom Best Paper Award in 2011, NSF CAREER award in 2014, and Google Research Award in 2017. His research has led to multiple tech transfers through patent licensing and startup companies.