Hongwei Zhang

  • Associate Professor
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering

Main Office

311 Durham
Ames, IA 50011
Phone: 515-294-2143


Ph.D., Computer Science & Engineering, The Ohio State University (2006)
M.S., Computer Engineering, Chongqing University, China (2000)
B.S., Computer Engineering, Chongqing University, China (1997)

Interest Areas

Core Research Areas: Computing and networking systems, cyber-physical-human systems

Strategic Areas: Cyber infrastructure; data, decisions, networks & autonomy

Brief Biography

Hongwei Zhang is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University. He received his Ph.D. in computer science and engineering from The Ohio State University (USA), and he received his M.S. and B.S. in computer engineering from Chongqing University (China). His research investigates modeling, algorithmic, and systems issues in wireless sensing and control networks as well as their applications in mixed reality, connected and automated vehicles, smart energy grid, industrial automation, and cyber-physical-human systems in general. Besides publications, he has led and/or contributed to several wireless networked systems. He has led the development of the OpenCAV open-innovation infrastructures for connected and automated vehicles, the NetEye wireless sensor network testbed, the Detroit WiMAX/LTE research network, and the federated sensor network infrastructures in GENI; he has also contributed to the development of the Kansei sensor network testbed. These experimental infrastructures have been being used by researchers across the world. His research results and system software have served as foundational elements of the DARPA sensor network systems “A Line in the Sand” and “ExScal” which, with its 200-node wireless mesh network and 1,200-node sensor network, was the world’s largest wireless mesh network and wireless sensor network deployed at its time. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award. His work has been recognized by the Best Demo Award at the 23rd and 21st GENI Engineering Conference in 2015 and 2014 respectively. His papers have been selected as the Annual Best Paper of the Journal of Systems Science and Complexity (Springer) in 2016, a Spotlight Paper of the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing in 2010, and a Best Paper Candidate for IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols in 2010. He has been an active contributor to NSF research program planning, and he has served on the program and/or organizing committees of several conferences such as ICCPS, IPSN, ICNP, INFOCOM, ICDCS, IWQoS, SECON, DCOSS, ICC, GLOBECOM, and SRDS.

Selected Publications

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