Former Directors-2020

Board of Directors (2020)

Executive Committee

S. Joe Qin, President

Dr. S. Joe Qin obtained his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Automatic Control from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, in 1984 and 1987, respectively, and his Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Maryland at College Park in 1992. He is the Professor at the Viterbi School of Engineering of the University of Southern California. Dr. Qin is a Fellow of IEEE and Fellow of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC). He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the 2011 Northrop Grumman Best Teaching award at Viterbi School of Engineering, the DuPont Young Professor Award, Halliburton/Brown & Root Young Faculty Excellence Award, NSF-China Outstanding Young Investigator Award, Chang Jiang Professor of Tsinghua University, National “Thousand Talent” Professor of China, and recipient of the IFAC Best Paper Prize for a model predictive control survey paper published in Control Engineering Practice. He is currently a Subject Editor for Journal of Process Control and a Member of the Editorial Board for Journal of Chemometrics. He has published over 140 papers in SCI journals or book chapters, with over 10,000 Web of Science citations and an associated h-index of 49. He has given over 40 invited plenary or keynote speeches and over 100 invited technical seminars worldwide. Dr. Qin’s research interests include process data analytics, machine learning, process monitoring and fault diagnosis, model predictive control, system identification, building energy optimization, multi-step batch process control, and control performance monitoring.

Yinhai Wang, Vice President

Dr. Wang is a professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering (primary) and Electrical Engineering (Courtesy) at the University of Washington in Seattle. He serves as director of Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium (PacTrans), US Department of Transportation University Transportation Center for Federal Region 10. Dr. Wang’s active research fields include traffic sensing, impacts of connected and autonomous vehicles, smart mobility, transportation data science, traffic system simulation and control, transportation safety, etc. He has been principal investigator (PI) or co-PI for over 80 important research projects with a total funding of over 70 million US dollars. He is an elected governor for the Transportation and Development Institute (T&DI) under American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and scheduled to serve as president of T&DI in 2018.

Min Wu, Vice President

Min Wu is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Distinguished Scholar-Teacher at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received B.E. degree in electrical engineering - automation and B.A. degree in economics in 1996 from Tsinghua University, and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University in 2001. At UMD, she leads the Media and Security Team (MAST), with main research interests on information security and forensics and multimedia signal processing. Her research and education have been recognized by a U.S. NSF CAREER award, a TR100 Young Innovator Award from the MIT Technology Review, a U.S. ONR Young Investigator Award, a Computer World "40 Under 40" IT Innovator Award, the Daily Record Innovator of the Year Award, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer recognition, and several paper awards from IEEE SPS, ACM, and EURASIP. Dr. Wu chaired the IEEE Technical Committee on Information Forensics and Security (2012-2013), and has served as Vice President - Finance of the IEEE Signal Processing Society (2010-2012), Founding Chief Editor of the IEEE SigPort repository (2013-2014), and Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine (2015-2017). She was elected IEEE Fellow and AAAS Fellow for contributions to signal processing, multimedia security and forensics.

Chengshan Xiao, Secretary

Chengshan Xiao is Chandler Weaver Professor and Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Lehigh University. Previously, he was a Program Director at the National Science Foundation, Professor of Missouri S&T, Senior Engineer at Nortel Networks, Canada, and faculty member of Tsinghua University. He received B.S. degree from UESTC, M.S. Degree from Tsinghua University, and Ph.D. degree from University of Sydney, Australia. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, and elected Board of Governor of IEEE Communications Society. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

Xinyu Cao, Treasurer

Xinyu (Jason) Cao is a professor at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. His research interests include land use and transportation interactions, the effects of ICT on travel behavior, and planning for quality of life. Jason is Co-Editor in Chief of Transportation Research Part D. He was the Chair of International Association for China Planning during 2015-17. Jason received his bachelor and master degrees from the School of Civil Engineering, Tsinghua University. He obtained his master degree in statistics and Ph.D. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from University of California Davis, with honors.

Directors at Large

Jeff Ban

Jeff Ban is Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at University of Washington. Dr. Ban’s research interests are in transportation network system modeling and simulation, urban traffic system modeling and operations, and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). He develops modeling tools to study dynamic transportation networks with emerging technologies and systems such as connected/automated vehicles and shared mobility. He also works on urban traffic system state estimation/prediction using mobile sensing data. He is the recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, and the New Faculty Award by the Council of University Transportation Centers and American Road & Transportation Builders Association. His research has been funded by the NSF, US DOT, NCFRP, Volvo Foundation, among others. He joined UW as an Associate Professor in the Fall 2016. Prior to this appointment, he was an Associate Professor of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Ban serves on the Network Modeling Committee (ADB30) and the Vehicle Highway Automation Committee (AHB30) of Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies. He was the elected Vice Chair (2010-2011) and Chair (2012-2013) of the ITS SIG (cluster) under Transportation Science and Logistics (Society) of INFORMS. He currently directs the intelligent Urban Transportation Systems (iUTS) lab at UW. He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems, Networks and Spatial Economic, and Transportmetrica B: Dynamics, and serves on the editorial board of Transportation Research Part B, Part C. His research has produced more than 100 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings.

Yiran Chen

Yiran Chen received B.S and M.S. from Tsinghua University and Ph.D. from Purdue University in 2005. After five years in industry, he joined University of Pittsburgh in 2010 as Assistant Professor and then promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2014, held Bicentennial Alumni Faculty Fellow. He now is a tenured Associate Professor of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University and serving as the co-director of Duke Center for Evolutionary Intelligence (CEI), focusing on the research of new memory and storage systems, machine learning and neuromorphic computing, and mobile computing systems. He is a Fellow of IEEE.

Tao Hong

Tao Hong is Associate Professor and Research Director of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management Department, Director of BigDEAL (Big Data Energy Analytics Laboratory), NCEMC Faculty Fellow of Energy Analytics, and associate of Energy Production and Infrastructure Center at University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is the Founding Chair of IEEE Working Group on Energy Forecasting, Director at Large of International Institute of Forecasters, General Chair of Global Energy Forecasting Competition, and author of the blog Energy Forecasting. Dr. Hong received his B.Eng. in Automation from Tsinghua University in Beijing and his PhD with co-majors in Operations Research and Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University.

Ping Ji

received a B.Sc. degree in Computer Science and Technology from Tsinghua University and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Computer Networks Research Group at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Ping is a Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, and currently serves as the Executive Officer (Chair) of the Computer Science PhD Program, and the Master's Program in Data Science of CUNY Graduate Center. Ping is also a faculty of the Master's Program in Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity (D4CS), of CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Ping's research interests include Network Measurements and Data Analysis, Security Monitoring Strategies for Computer & Wireless Networks, Network Security, Mobile Networks, and Internet of Things (IoT). Her work has been published in well recognized professional journals and conference proceedings including IEEE/ACM Transaction on Networking (ToN), ACM Sigcomm, ACM SigKDD, Performance Evaluation, etc.. Ping is the receipient of a number of research fundings and awards from National Science Foundation and other government agencies. She served as co-chair for the First Annual ACM Northeast Digital Forensics Exchange, and has been a program committee member for numerous computer networking conferences, and a guest editor for a number of professional journals.

Kang Li

Dr. Kang Li is an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He is also a graduate faculty member in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science at Rutgers University. He was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Rutgers University before joining the medical school. He serves as Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems, IEEE ACCESS, and BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders.

Husheng Li

Husheng Li received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electronic engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1998 and 2000, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University in 2005. From 2005 to 2007, he worked as a senior engineer at Qualcomm Inc., San Diego, Calif. In 2007, he joined the EECS department of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as an assistant professor.His research is mainly focused on statistical signal processing, wireless communications, networking and information theory. He is also interested in the theory of random matrices. Dr. Li is the recipient of the Best Paper Award of EURASIP Journal of Wireless Communications and Networks, 2005 (together with his Ph.D. advisor: Prof. H. V. Poor).

Xihong Lin

Xihong Lin is Professor and former Chair of the Department of Biostatistics, Coordinating Director of the Program in Quantitative Genomics at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, and Professor of the Department of Statistics at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of Harvard University, and Associate Member of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. Dr. Lin is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. She received the 2002 Mortimer Spiegelman Award from the American Public Health Association, and the 2006 Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPSS) Presidents’ Award and the 2017 COPSS FN David Award. She is an elected fellow of American Statistical Association (ASA), Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and International Statistical Institute.

Zhenqiang Ma

Zhenqiang (Jack) Ma is a Lynn H. Matthias Professor in Engineering and a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Wisconsin – Madison. He received his B.S. degree in applied physics and B.E. degree in electrical engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China in 1991. He received his M.S. degree in nuclear science and M.S.E. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1997, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2001. From 2001-2002, worked for Conexant Systems and Jazz Semiconductor (now TowerJazz), in Newport Beach, CA. His research covers electrical engineering, materials science and engineering, biomedical engineering, energy, health, and engineering physics. He is a recipient of PECASE. He is a fellow of AAAS, AIMBE, APS, IEEE, NAI and OSA.

Jane Wang

Z. Jane Wang received her BSc from Tsinghua University, China, in 1996, with the highest honor, and her MSc and PhD from the University of Connecticut in 2000 and 2002 (under the supervision of Dr. Peter Willett), respectively, all in electrical engineering. While at the University of Connecticut, Dr. Wang received the Outstanding Engineering Doctoral Student Award. She has been Research Associate of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Institute for Systems Research at the University of Maryland, College Park, working with Dr. K. J. Ray Liu's group. Since 2004, she has been with the Department Electrical and Computer Engineering at UBC. Dr. Wang's research interests are in the broad areas of statistical signal processing, with applications to information security, biomedical imaging, genomic, and wireless communications. She co-received the 2004 EURASIP Best Paper Award and 2005 Best Paper Award from IEEE Signal Processing Society, and a Junior Early Career Scholar Award from Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of British Columbia in 2005. She co-edited a book Genomic Signal Processing and Statistics (Hindawi Publishing Co., 2005) and co-authored a book Multimedia Fingerprinting Forensics for Traitor Tracing (Hindawi Publishing Co., 2005). She is the chair and founder of the IEEE Vancouver SP chapter. She was Finance Chair of IEEE International Workshop on Genomic Signal Processing and Statistics 2005 (GENSIPS05), Local Arrangement Chair of 2003 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man & Cybernetics (SMC03), Co-vice Chair of the Second International Symposium on Multimedia over Wireless (ISMW2006), and the Publicity Chair of 2006 International Workshop on Multimedia Signal Processing (MMSP06).

Yu Wang

Yu Wang is currently a Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at Temple University. He holds a Ph.D. from Illinois Institute of Technology, an MEng and a BEng from Tsinghua University, all in Computer Science. His research interest includes wireless networks, smart sensing, and mobile computing. He has published over 200 papers in peer reviewed journals and conferences, with four best paper awards. He is a recipient of Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards from Oak Ridge Associated Universities (2006), Outstanding Faculty Research Award from College of Computing and Informatics at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (2008), and Fellow of IEEE (2018).

Hao Zhu

Hao Zhu is currently an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. She received her BE degree from Tsinghua University in 2006, and PhD degree from the University of Minnesota in 2012. She was a postdoc and then an Assistant Professor of ECE at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign till 2017. Her current research is one cyber-physical coupling of power systems, and energy data analytics. Dr. Zhu received the NSF CAREER Award in 2017, and is a member of the steering committee of IEEE Smart Grid representing IEEE SPS.

Jean Zu

Jean Zu graduated with B.Sc. in 1984 and M.Sc. in 1986 from Tsinghua University. After two years of working as a lecturer and researcher at Tsinghua University, she came to Canada for Ph.D. study. obtained her PhD from the University of Manitoba in 1993. Jean Zu joined the University of Toronto, Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering in January 1994 as an Assistant Professor. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 1999 and to Full Professor in 2004. From June 2008 to June 2009, she served as Associate Chair for research. She served as Chair of the Department from July, 2009 to April, 2017. Since May 1, 2017, she serves as Dean of School of Engineering and Science at Stevens Institute of Technology. Jean Zu’s research has been focused on mechanical vibrations and dynamics. She has successfully collaborated with many different companies on research projects with focus on automotive applications. In recent years, Jean Zu has extended her research to energy harvesting. She has published 340 papers including 180 journal papers and has supervised over 60 graduate students including 36 PhD students. She is Fellow of CAE, ASME, EIC, CSME, AAAS. She served as President of Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering in 2006-2008, served on NSERC Grant Selection Committee in 2004-2007, and served as the Associate Editor of ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics in 2007-2013. She served as the President of Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) in 2012-2014.