Zhang named Distinguished Lecturer for IEEE VTS

ZhangDr. Xi Zhang, associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University, has recently been selected to be the prestigious Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Vehicular Technology Society (VTS) Distinguished Lecturer.

The Distinguished Lecturer Program provides a means for IEEE chapters and other organizations to identify and arrange lectures by the world’s renowned authorities on IEEE Vehicular Technology Society topics.

To be elected to the Distinguished Lecturer Program, the nominated candidates must score in the highest grouping of the following strict evaluation criteria: strength of the references in the nominations, reputation of candidates and expert subject matter of candidates.

Zhang is the founding director of the Networking and Information Systems Laboratory, and joined the electrical and computer engineering department at Texas A&M in 2002 upon receiving his Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science (electrical engineering-systems) from the University of Michigan. Before that he was with Networks and Distributed Systems Research Department at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Murray Hills, N.J., and with AT&T Laboratories Research in Florham Park, N.J.

Zhang has published more than 240 research papers. He received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2004. He has been an IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer since 2010. He received Best Paper Awards in IEEE GLOBECOM 2007, IEEE GLOBECOM 2009 and IEEE WCNC 2010, respectively. He also received a TEES Select Young Faculty Award for Excellence in Research Performance from the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M in 2006. He is serving or has served as editor for IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology and IEEE Communications Letters, as well as guest editor for the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, IEEE Communications Magazine and IEEE Wireless Communications. He is serving or has served as TPC chair for IEEE GLOBECOM 2011, TPC area chair for IEEE INFOCOM 2012, general vice-chair for IEEE WCNC 2013, TPC vice-chair for IEEE CCNC 2013, and TPC vice-chair for IEEE INFOCOM 2010, among others.

His research interests include wireless networks and communications systems, multimedia transmissions over wireless networks, network protocol design and modeling, statistical communications, random signal processing, information theory and control theory and systems.

Contributed by Dr. Xi Zhang