[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]

[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.