Rong Zheng (鄭榕)

Professor, 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

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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 machine learning, mobile computing 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 serves on the technical program committees of leading networking conferences including INFOCOM, ICDCS, ICNP, RTSS, IPSN etc. She is currently an editor of IEEE Transactions on Mobile computing, IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, and has served as a guest editor for EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing, Special issue on wireless location estimation and tracking, Elsevlers Computer Communications – Special Issue on Cyber Physical Systems; Program co-chair of WASA’12, CPSCom’12, MobileHealth’14, CrowdSenSys’17; and general co-chair of EUC’16.

Award and Honors:

  • Joseph Ip Distinguished Engineering Fellow (July 1, 2015 to June 30th, 2018)
  • Best Paper Award 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: INFOCOM, ICDCS, RTSS, ICNP, SECON (and many others)
  • Organization committee member: ACM FOWANC 2008, ACM WiMD 2009 (program chair), ICST QShine 2010, WASA'12 (program co-chair), IEEE CPSCom'12 (program co-chair), IEEE EUC'16 (co-General Chair)
  • Editor: IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications
  • 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:

  • Autonomous monitoring of data centre operations (NSERC CRD)
  • Mobile crowdsensing (NSERC SPG)
  • Indoor localization and mapping (NSERC ENGAGE)
  • 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:

  • IPSN TPC meeting and workshop, Jan 12 - 13, 2017


  • 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

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.

May, 2018
New PhD student Yuhao Jiao joins group.

Apr., 2018
Dr. Zheng presented in a panel on "Machine Learning and Big Data: Where do they fit in CPS" in IPSN'18.

Dec., 2017
Yu-Ting Wang received the best MASc thesis award.

Dec., 2017
Dr. Zheng gave a keynote talk in HamOnt Machine Learning conference.

Nov., 2017
Dr. Zheng to co-chair McMaster AI workshop sponsored by Faculty of Engr.

Nov., 2017
Dr. Zheng co-chaired the 1st ACM workshop on CrowdSenSys co-located with SenSys'17.

Sept., 2017
Two new PhD students, 1 MSc and 2 MEng students joined the group!

Sept., 2017
MacQuest 2.0 has been released in Google Play.

June, 2017
Our datacenter research is featured on EurekAlert and Data Center Dyanmics.

April, 2017
Wireless system research group captured the first prize in indoor localization competition in IPSN'17 in the infrastructureless category.

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