Name: Ruonan Zhang
Title: Associate Professor, Department Vice Chair
Affiliation: Department of Communications Engineering, School of Electronics and Information, Northwestern Polytechnical University
Address: Room 519, School of Electronics and Information, Changan Campus
Phone: 18591986301 (Cellular)
l Design, Analysis and Implementation of Wireless Ad Hoc Networks, Sensor Networks and Multimedia Networks:
Media Access Control (MAC), Routing and Data Collection, Quality-of-Service Provisioning, Cross-layer Design, Software/hardware Development for Wireless Networks
l Design and Analysis of the Architecture and Protocols of the Next Generation Wireless Networks：
Cooperative Networks, D2D Communications and 4G Cellular Networks, Mobile Ad Hoc Networks (MANET)
l Measurement, Analysis and Modeling of Wireless Channels:
Development of Channel Measurement Systems using 2-dimensional Antenna Arrays and Ultra-wideband Antennas, Array Signal Processing, Measurement and Modeling of 3- dimensional MIMO (3D MIMO) Channels, Measurement and Modeling of Ultra-wideband (UWB) Channels
l Design and Implementation of Aeronautics and Space Communication Systems and Networks:
Long-distance Wireless Communication Systems, Space Wireless Ad Hoc Networks
l Ph.D.: 2006.9－2010.4（Research Assistant）
Electrical Engineering, University of Victoria, BC, Canada
l M.Sc.: 2000.9－2003.6
Electrical Engineering, Xian Jiaotong University, Shaanxi, China
l B.E.: 1996.9－2000.8
Electrical Engineering, Xian Jiaotong University, Shaanxi, China
l Motorola Inc, 2003.7–2004.6, Austin, Texas, USA, SoC Digital Design Engineer
l Freescale Semiconductor Co., 2004.7–2006.8，Tianjin, China, IC Architecture & Application Engineer
l Northwestern Polytechnical University, 2010.5 to present, Xi’an, Shaanxi, China, Associate Professor
1. Data Communications (in English and Chinese)
2. Avionics System (in English and Chinese)
3. IC Test and DFT
My research interests are in the area of wireless communications and networking. We have established the channel models of the 3D MIMO, OFDM, UWB and multicarrier communication systems, which provide the theoretical foundations and tools for the analysis, evaluation and simulation of the PHY schemes and upper-layer network protocols. We have proposed the “Hybrid-MAC” for the wideband local/personal area networks, which can provide satisfactory QoS to more multimedia traffic flows by more efficient resource utilization. To provide reliable data delivery over the wireless fading channels and improve the bandwidth and energy efficiency, we developed a cross-layer, joint error-control mechanism by combining the physical and link-layer technologies. We have also proposed several routing and data-collection schemes for wireless sensor networks and mobile ad hoc networks, for example, by using mobile element (ME) and cluster-based routing, to improve the latency, power efficiency and network lifetime.
In addition to the research work, we have design and developed the channel measurement systems using 2-dimensional antenna arrays and ultra-wideband antennas, including the hardware platform and the array signal processing software. We have also developed the wireless ad hoc networks based WiFi terminals and smart phones. The wireless networks including image capture, compression and transmission via ZigBee is also under development.
Responsible for the National “863 Program” project, “Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University” (NCET) project of Ministry of Education, National Nature Science Foundation of China (NSFC) project, “Selected Overseas Chinese Scholar Program” project of Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, “Doctoral Program of Higher Education” project of Ministry of Education, “Cooperative Research Project” with Huawei Technology Ltd., “Creative Research of Young Scientist Program” project of NPU, “Fundamental Research Program” project of NPU, “E Star Program” project of NPU.
l Refereed Journal Papers:
 Y. Jiang and R. Zhang, “An Adaptive Combination Query Tree Protocol for Tag Identification in RFID Systems”，IEEE Communications Letters, vol. 16, no. 8, pp. 1192-1195, Aug. 2012.
 R. Zhang, L. Cai, J. Pan and X. Shen, “Resource management for video streaming in ad hoc networks,” ELSEVIER Ad Hoc Networks (ADHOC), special issue on Multimedia Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 623-634, Jun. 2011.
 R. Zhang and L. Cai, “Joint AMC and packet fragmentation for error control over fading channels”, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology (TVT), vol. 59, no. 6, pp. 3070-3080, Jul. 2010.
 R. Zhang, R. Ruby, J. Pan, L. Cai, and X. Shen, “A hybrid reservation/contention-based MAC for video streaming over wireless networks”, IEEE Journal on Selected Areas on Communications (JSAC), vol. 28, no. 3, pp. 389-398, Apr. 2010.
 R. Zhang, L. Cai, S. He, X. Dong and J. Pan, “Modeling, validation and performance evaluation of body shadowing effect in ultra-wideband networks”, ELSEVIER Physical Communication (PHYCOM), vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 237-247, Dec. 2009.
 R. Zhang and L. Cai, “A packet-level model for UWB Channel with people shadowing process based on angular spectrum analysis”, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (TWC), vol. 8, no. 8, pp. 4048-4055, Aug. 2009.
 K. H. Liu, X. Shen, R. Zhang, and L. Cai, “Performance analysis of distributed reservation protocol for UWB based WPAN,” IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology (TVT), vol. 58, no. 2, pp. 902-913, Feb. 2009.
 R. Zhang and L. Cai, “A Markov model for ultra-wideband indoor channel with shadowing,” SPRINGER Mobile Networks and Applications (MONET): Special Issues on Mobility of Systems, Users, Data and Computing, vol. 12, no. 5-6, pp. 438-449, Dec. 2007.
l Refereed Conference Papers:
 S. Wang, R. Zhang, L. Cai, and Y. Jiang, “Energy Efficient Location-based Routing in WSNs with Sensitive Clusters”, in Proc. IEEE GLOBECOM’13, Atlanta, USA, Dec. 2013.
 X. Song, R. Zhang, J. Pan, and J. Liu, “A Statistical Geometric Approach for Capacity Analysis in Two-hop Relay Communications”, in Proc. IEEE GLOBECOM’13, Atlanta, USA, Dec. 2013.
 Y. Jiang, R. Zhang, and X. Du, “A New Efficient Random Key Revocation Protocol for Wireless Sensor Networks”, in Proc. IEEE PDCAT’13, Taipei, Taiwan, China, Dec. 2013.
 J. Xiao, R. Zhang, J. Pan, and Y. Jiang, “CMESR: a Hybrid Approach for Data Collection and Sensor Redeployment Using Mobile Element in WSNs”, in Proc. IEEE ICCC’13, Xi’an, Shaanxi, China, Aug. 2013.
 J. Niu, R. Zhang, G. Wang, S. Li and S. Wan, “Design and Experimental Evaluation of Long-distance and High-Mobility ZigBee Transceivers for WSNs”, in Proc. IEEE ICCC’13, Xi’an, Shaanxi, China, Aug. 2013.
 R. Zhang, Y. Zhang, Z. Zhong, and X. Lu, “The Correlation Properties of Subchannel Fading for Non-continuous Carrier Aggregation based on Indoor Ultra-Wideband Measurement”, in Proc. IEEE GLOBECOM’12, Anaheim, CA, Dec. 2012.
 S. Wang, R. Zhang, J. Ma, and L. Cai, “A Simple Energy-Efficient Routing Algorithm for Wireless Sensor Networks based on Artificial Potential Field”, in Proc. IEEE GLOBECOM’12, Anaheim, CA, Dec. 2012.
 R. Zhang, Y. Zhang, Z. Zhong, X. Lu, and L. Cai, “An Analytical Approach for Evaluating the Correlation Properties of Subchannel Fading for Carrier Aggregation”, in Proc. IEEE ICCC’12, Beijing, China, Aug. 2012.
 R. Zhang, X. Lu, Z. Zhong and L. Cai, “A study on spatial-temporal dynamics properties of indoor wireless channels”, in Proc. the 6th International Conference on Wireless Algorithms, Systems, and Applications (WASA 2011), Chengdu, China, Aug. 2011.
 R. Zhang, L. Cai and J. Pan, “Performance study of hybrid MAC using soft reservation for wireless networks”, in Proc. IEEE ICC’11, Kyoto, Japan, Jun. 2011.
 Y. Luo, R. Zhang, and L. Cai, “Second-Order properties for wireless cooperative systems with rayleigh fading,” in Proc. IEEE GLOBECOM’10, Miami, FL, USA, Dec. 2010.
 R. Zhang, L. Cai and J. Pan “Performance analysis of reservation and contention-based hybrid MAC for wireless networks,” in Proc. IEEE ICC’10, Cape Town, South Africa, May, 2010.
 R. Zhang and L. Cai, “Markov modeling for data block transmission of OFDM systems over fading channels”, in Proc. IEEE ICC’09, Dresden, Germany, Jun. 2009.
 R. Zhang and L. Cai, “Analysis of Delayed Acknowledgment Scheme with Packet Fragmentation of UWB-based WPAN ,” in Proc. IEEE GLOBECOM’08, New Orleans, LA, USA, Nov. 2008.
 R. Zhang and L. Cai, “Optimizing Throughput of UWB Networks with AMC, DRP, and Dly-ACK,” in Proc. IEEE GLOBECOM’08, New Orleans, LA, USA, Nov. 2008.
 K. H. Liu, X. Shen, R. Zhang, and L. Cai, “Delay analysis of distributed reservation protocol with UWB shadowing channel for WPAN,” in Proc. IEEE ICC’08, Beijing, China, May 2008.
 R. Zhang and L. Cai, “Packet-level channel model for wireless OFDM systems,” in Proc. IEEE GLOBECOM’07, Washington, DC, USA, Nov. 2007.
 R. Zhang and L. Cai, “Modeling UWB indoor channel with shadowing processes,” in Proc. ICST QShine’07, Vancouver, BC, Canada, Aug. 2007.
 Ruonan Zhang, Lin Cai, and Jianping Pan, “Resource Management for Multimedia Services in High Data-Rate Wireless Networks,” Springer (斯普林格出版社), New York, NY, USA, 2012.
l Book Chapters:
 Ruonan Zhang, Rengli Liu, and Wenyi Zhang, “The Applications of Internet of Things in the Protection of cultural relic”, The Blue Book of the Development of Internet of Things in China (2012), Social Science Academic Press, 2013.
 Ruonan Zhang, Lin Cai, “Adaptive Modulation and Coding for High-Rate System,” edited by I. Guvenc, S. Gezici, Z. Sahinoglu and U. C. Kozat, Ultra-reliable Short-Range Wireless Communications, Cambridge University Press (剑桥大学出版社2011年出版).
Honors and Awards
l “Undergraduate Education Award”, Northwestern Polytechnical University, 2013.6
l “Second Prize in the Teaching Competition”, Northwestern Polytechnical University, 2013.3
l “Outstanding Young Faculty Award”, Northwestern Polytechnical University, 2012.10
l “New Century Excellent Talents in University”, Ministry of Education, 2011.12
l Nomination of “Distinguished Dissertation Awards”, Canada Association of Graduate Studies, 2011.3
l “National Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad”, Ministry of Education of the P. R. China, 2010.3
l “Albert Hung Chao Hong Award”, University of Victoria, 2009.10
l “University of Victoria Fellowship”, University of Victoria, 2006.9
l “Outstanding Teaching Assistant”, University of Victoria, 2008.1，2009.2，2010.1
l IEEE Member
l Local Arrangement Chair of IEEE ICCC, Xi’an, China, Aug., 2013
l General Chair of IEEE ICCC Workshop on Internet of Things, Xi’an, China, 2013.8
l Technical Program Committee (TPC) Member of MIC-Networks’14, IEEE GLOBECOM'13, GLOBECOM'12, GLOBECOM'11, GLOBECOM'10, IEEE PacRim’13, PacRim’11, ICCVE’13, ICCVE’12, WCSP'13, IEEE CSAE'12, IEEE WCNC'12, BWCCA’11, IEEE WCNIS'10.
l Session Chair of IEEE ICCC'13, Xi’an, China, Aug., 2013
l Session Chair of IEEE GLOBECOM'12, Anaheim, CA, Dec., 2012
l Session Chair of IEEE ICCC'12, Beijing, China, Aug., 2012
l Session Chair of IEEE ICC'11, Kyoto, Japan, Jun., 2011
l Session Chair of IEEE GLOBECOM'10, Miami, FL, USA, Dec., 2010
l Session Chair of IEEE PACRIM’09, Victoria, BC, Canada, Sep., 2009
l Reviewer of IEEE Journal on Selected Areas on Communications (JSAC)，IEEE Transactions on Communications (TCOM)，IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology (TVT)，IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communication (TWC)，IEEE INFOCOM，IEEE GLOBECOM.