[02/2024]: Our paper on RF signal mapping using public geographic databases (OpenStreetMap), open-source ray tracing tools (Sionna), and ML was accepted to IEEE DySPAN’24. [code and dataset]

[01/2024]: Our paper on real-time generation of high-fidelity point clouds using low-cost mmWave radars was accepted to IEEE ICRA’24.

[12/2023]: Three papers were accepted to OFC’24: (i) Multi-span optical power spectrum prediction using cascaded learning, (ii) Transceiver BER-OSNR modeling for QoT estimation, and (iii) Fiber type identification using in-service Brillouin optical time domain analysis.

[11/2023]: Zeyu (Michael) Li was selected as a Pratt Research Fellow (Class of 2025).

[10/2023]: Our paper on a blackbox Physical layer attack framework on mmWave automotive FMCW radars was accepted to ISOC NDSS’24. [arXiv]

[10/2023]: Our paper on automated and on-demand optical wavelength path provisioning for data center exchange services was selected as a Highest Scoring and Best Paper at ECOC’23. The results were also presented by NTT at the Telecom Infra Project’s (TIP) Fyuz event in Spain. [NTT press release]

[09/2023]: Our paper on the field-trial of coexistence of real-time fiber sensing and coherent 400 GbE signals was accepted to IEEE/Optica Journal of Lightwave Technology, Special Issue on Top-Scored Papers from IEEE/Optica OFC’23.

[07/2023]: Received an award from the NSF EAGER program to work with Duke Office of Information Technology (OIT) on building an integrated fiber sensing and communication testbed leveraging Duke-Durham field fiber. [NSF award information]

[07/2023]: Received an NSF supplement to conduct experimental millimeter-wave research on the NSF-funded PAWR COSMOS testbed.

[07/2023]: Two papers were accepted to ACM MobiHoc’23: (i) Wi-Fi monitoring using low sampling rate radios, (ii) Optimization of sectorized wireless networks.

[07/2023]: Received an award from the Thomas Lord Educational Innovation Grant Program that will support the development of an undergraduate course on full-stack IoT systems.

[07/2023]: Our paper on an open EDFA gain spectrum dataset collected using the PAWR COSMOS testbed and its applications in data-driven EDFA gain modeling was accepted to IEEE/Optica Journal of Optical Communications and Networking. [Dataset]

[07/2023]: Our paper on the design and deployment of programmable millimeter-wave radios in the COSMOS testbed was accepted to Computer Networks.

[07/2023]: Three papers were accepted to ECOC’23: (i) Field trial of automatic WDM optical path provisioning, (ii) One-shot transfer learning for EDFA gain spectrum prediction, (iii) ML-based Raman tilt prediction in ROADM transmission systems.

[03/2023]: Received a research grant from NTT to work on autonomous WDM optical link control frameworks.

[02/2023]: Our OFC’23 paper on the field-trial of coexistence of real-time fiber sensing and coherent 400GbE signals was selected by the subcommittee as a “Top-Scored Paper”.

[01/2023]: Excited to be part of a $35M SRC JUMP 2.0 Center for Ubiquitous Connectivity (CUbiC) with the goal of enabling seamless, robust, and scalable edge-to-cloud connectivity by developing and integrating advanced photonic, wired, and wireless connectivity solutions. CUbiC consists of a team of world-class researchers from Columbia (lead institution, director: Keren Bergman), UC Berkeley (assistant director: Ali Niknejad), UCSB, UIUC, MIT,  UMich, Cornell, Duke, Princeton, Stanford, Oregon State University, UCSD, and USC. [SRC JUMP 2.0 program] [DARPA news] [Columbia Engineering news] [Duke ECE news]

[12/2022]: Received an award from the NSF SII-NRDZ program to work on spectrum sharing field trials in an urban FCC innovation zone. This is a collaborative project between Columbia (lead institute), Syracuse, Princeton, Duke, Rutgers, and CCNY.

[12/2022]: Two papers were accepted to OFC’23: (i) Field-trial of coexistence and simultaneous switching of real-time fiber sensing and coherent 400GbE, (ii) EDFA wavelength-dependent gain prediction using transfer learning.

[08/2022]: Received an award from the NSF CISE Core Medium program to work on the softwarization of millimeter-wave RANs. This is a collaborative project between Duke (lead institute) and Yale (PI: Lin Zhong). [NSF award information]

[06/2022]: Our paper on ML-based optical power spectrum prediction in multi-span ROADM systems was accepted to ECOC’22 (oral presentation).

[04/2022]: Received a research gift from NEC Labs America.

[02/2022]: Our paper on the design and architecture of COSMOS’ programmable optical x-haul network was accepted to IEEE Network Magazine, Special Issue on Next-Generation Optical Access Networks to Support Super-Broadband Services and 5G/6G Mobile Networks.

[08/2021]: Zhenzhou (Tom) Qi received an ACM SIGMOBILE Student Community Grant award.

[08/2021]: Received an award from the NSF SWIFT program to work on spectrum coexistence with rapid interferer detection and mitigation. This is a collaborative project between Duke (lead institute), Oregon State University (PI: Arun Natarajan), and Yale (PI: Leandros Tassiulas). [NSF award information]

[07/2021]: Our National AI Institute for Edge Computing Leveraging Next-generation Networks (Athena) is officially announced. Athena is a multi-disciplinary team of scientists, engineers, statisticians, legal scholars, and psychologists from Duke (lead institution), MIT, NC A&T, Princeton, Wisconsin, UMich, and Yale. [NSF news] [Duke Today news] [Athena website]

[07/2021]: Our paper, titled “Programmable and open-access millimeter-wave radios in the PAWR COSMOS testbed”, was accepted to ACM WiNTECH 2021. This paper describes the design and implementation of various 28/60 GHz software-defined radios deployed in the PAWR COSMOS testbed along with their measurements and supported experiments.

[06/2021]: Our IMS’21 paper on the integration of the IBM 28 GHz phased array antenna modules in the PAWR COSMOS testbed was selected as a finalist for the Advanced Practical Paper Competition (APPC).

[06/2021]: Received the IBM Academic Award.

[06/2021]: My Ph.D. thesis received the ACM SIGMOBILE Dissertation Award Runner-up.

[05/2021]: Received the Columbia Engineering Morton B. Friedman Memorial Prize for Excellence.

[05/2021]: Received the Columbia University Eli Jury Award.

[03/2021]: Received the Google Research Scholar Award.

[03/2021]: Our paper, titled “Development of a compact 28-GHz software-defined phased array for a city-scale wireless research testbed”, was accepted to IEEE MTT-S IMS 2021.

[10/2020]: Started as an adjunct assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke.

[09/2020]: Started as a postdoctoral associate at Yale working with Leandros Tassiulas and Lin Zhong.

[04/2020]: I will be joining Duke’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as an assistant professor in Fall 2021.