Rong Zheng (鄭榕)

Professor, PhD, P.Eng.
Associate Chair of Graduate Study and Research
Dept. of Computing and Software
McMaster University

ITB 121
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 4K1

Tel: +1(905)525-9140 x 22891
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I only provide recommendation letters for undergraduate or graduate students (1) with whom I have worked in research, or (2) who have received an A or A+ in my courses and had significant face-to-face interaction with me.

Bio: (CV)

Rong Zheng (S'03-M'04-SM'10) received her Ph.D. degree from Dept. of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and earned her M.E. and B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University, P.R. China. She is now a Professor in the Dept. of Computing and Software, an associate member of the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engr., and a member of the School of Computational Science and Engineering in McMaster University, Canada. She was on the faculty of the Department of Computer Science, University of Houston from 2004 to 2012. Rong Zheng was a visiting Associate Professor in the Hong Kong Polytechnic University from Aug. 2011 to Jan. 2012; and a visiting Research Scientist in Microsoft Research, Redmond between Feb. 2012 and May 2012. She is a member of the MacData institute and a Principle Investigator the Computing Infrastructure Research Centre (CIRC).

Rong Zheng’s research interests include mobile computing, data analytics and networked systems. She received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2006, and was a Joseph Ip Distinguished Engineering Fellow from 2015 - 2018. She was recognized as having an established, superior research program that is highly rated in terms of originality and innovation, and was awarded the NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement in 2019. She serves on the technical program committees of leading networking and mobile computing conferences including SenSys, INFOCOM, ICDCS, ICNP, RTSS, IPSN etc. She is currently an editor of IEEE Transactions on Mobile computing. She has served on the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications. Dr. Zheng was on the organization committee of MobiSys 2020 and SenSys 2019, and served as Program co-chair of WASA’12, CPSCom’12, MobileHealth’14, CrowdSenSys’17, general co-chair of EUC’16, and program co-chair of IEEE Smart IoT'20.

Award and Honors:

  • Discovery Accelerator Supplement from NSERC (April, 2019 to March, 2021)
  • Joseph Ip Distinguished Engineering Fellow (July 1, 2015 to June 30th, 2018)
  • Best Paper Award ICC'19, WCNC'13, Best Demo Award CPSWeek'15
  • Supervision of two students who won the best Ph.D. student award in the Dept. of Computer Science, 2012, 2013 (University of Houston)
  • University of Houston research excellence award, 2010
  • Departmental academic accomplishment award, 2009 (University of Houston)
  • US National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2006
Professional Activities:
  • Technical program committee member: SenSys, INFOCOM, ICDCS, RTSS, ICNP, IPSN (and many others)
  • Organization committee member: SenSys'21 (technical program co-chair), MobiSys'20, IEEE Smart IoT'20 (program co-chair), CPSWeek'19, IEEE EUC'16 (co-General Chair), WASA'12 (program co-chair), IEEE CPSCom'12 (program co-chair)
  • Editor: IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering (2018 - 2019), IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (2014 - 2019)
  • Guest editor: EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing, Special issue on wireless location estimation and tracking; Elsevler's Computer Communications -- Special Issue on Cyber Physical Systems, IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Enginering

Active Research Projects:

Past Research Projects:

  • Autonomous monitoring of data centre operations (NSERC CRD)
  • Mobile crowdsensing (NSERC SPG)
  • Indoor localization and mapping (NSERC ENGAGE, i2i)
  • Wireless network monitoring & security (NSERC CFI)
  • Sequential learning in wireless resource management (NSERC Discovery)


  • Olga Veksler, Western Ontario University, Nov, 2016
  • Yong Cui, Tsinghua University, Sept. 2016
  • Jian Ren, Michigan State University, April, 2016
  • Lu Su, University of Buffalo, Nov. 28th, 2015
  • Khai Truong, University of Toronto, Nov. 12th, 2015
  • Steve Ko, University of Buffalo, Nov. 10th, 2014
  • Dan Wang, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, May 5 - 7, 2014
  • Wenbo He, McGill University, April 28th, 2014
  • Ivan Stojmenovic, University of Ottawa, March 10th, 2014
  • Ben Liang, University of Toronto, Nov. 22nd, 2013
  • Jiannong Cao, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Nov. 15th, 2013
  • Hao Liang, University of Waterloo, Sept. 20th, 2013
  • Wenliang Du, Syracuse University, April 24th, 2013
  • Zhu Han, University of Houston, Jan 29th, 2013

Upcoming trips/venues:


  • Sensing and Data Acquisition in the Big Data Era: What, Where and When”, The International Workshop on Frontiers of Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet of Things (IWFCI), Nanjing, China, 2017
  • “The Holy Grail of Sub-meter Indoor Localization with Low-cost Infrastructure”, Nanjing University, Beijing Jiaotong University, HuaZhong University of Science and Technology, China


Postdoc position
RA positions
Two PhD openings (mobile computing and computer vision) for Sept, 2021. Qualified candidates should have BS and MS degrees in CS, ECE, or Mechatronics Engineering from reputable institutions.

Jan., 2021
Mehdi Jafarizadeh has successfully defended his PhD dissertation on "Automated Monitoring for Data Center Infrastructure"

Dec., 2020
Dr. Zheng to serve as TPC co-chair of SenSys'21.

Dec., 2020
Shervin Manzuri Shalmani has successfully defended his MSc thesis on "Confidence Distillation for Efficient Action Recognition"!

Sept, 2020
One MSc and two MEng students join WiSeR. Welcome, Xijian Lou, Nazanin Moshtagh and Ruizhe Zhang!

July, 2020
Yihao Fang has successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled "Deep learning on the edge: model partitioning, caching, and compression"

May, 2020
Dr. Zheng is the leading PI of a newly awarded NSERC CREATE grant on Smart Mobility for the Aging Population.

April, 2020
Two WiSeR members received MacData Fellowship. Congrats, Yujiao Hao and Jianpeng Liu!

April, 2019
Dr. Zheng awarded Discovery Accelerator Supplement from NSERC.

June, 2018
Dr. Zheng spoke on the plenary panel in 2018 Great Canadian Datacenter Symposim

June, 2018
Mehdi Jafarizadeh and Christian Frincu won the first and second prizes in demo competition in CAS20 celebration.

May, 2018
PhD candidate Yongyong Wei receives MacData Fellowship.

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