ECE professor receives IEEE Conference Best Paper Awards
Recently, Dr. Xi Zhang, associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University, won the prestigious Best Paper Award at the IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (IEEE WCNC) 2010. This is his second Best Paper Award within the year, he also won an IEEE Globecom 2009 Best Paper Award.
Zhang presented his current paper at the IEEE WCNC 2010, where he received the award. Only two papers from the IEEE WCNC 2010 – Wireless Networking Symposium were selected to receive the award. Zhang and his student co-author, Hang Su, won the award for their paper titled "Power-Efficient Periodic Spectrum Sensing for Cognitive MAC in Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks." Zhang and Su, won the IEEE Globecom 2009 Best Paper Award for their paper titled "Secondary User Friendly TDMA Scheduling in Opportunistic Spectrum Access Networks."
Both the WCNC and Globecom are premier IEEE conferences focusing on the cutting-edge research in the areas of Communications and Networking Theories, Systems and Engineering Applications. The annual IEEE WCNC 2010 was held in Sydney, Australia, April 18-21, 2010. It is an information-rich conference spanning the entire range of global achievements, innovations and advances in the areas of communications and networking technologies, offering in-depth information on the latest developments which are promoting the next generation of voice, data, image and multimedia communications and networking techniques.
Zhang began working for the department in 2002 upon receiving his Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science (Electrical Engineering – Systems) from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He received the U.S. National Science Foundation’s (NSF) CAREER Award in 2004. He also received the Best Paper Award in the IEEE Globecom 2007. He received the 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 an Editor for IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, and IEEE Communications Letters; a Guest Editor for IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (IEEE J-SAC) and IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine, etc. He is also serving or has served as the Technical Program Committee (TPC) Chair for IEEE Globecom 2011, TPC Vice-Chair for IEEE INFOCOM 2010, TPC Chair for IEEE INFOCOM 2009 – Mini-Conference, TPC Co-Chair for IEEE Globecom 2008 – Wireless Communications Symposium, TPC Co-Chair for IEEE ICC 2008 – Information and Network Security Symposium, the Steering Committee Chair for ACM QShine 2009-2011, among others.