Rong Zheng (鄭榕)

Professor, PhD, P.Eng.
Canada Research Chair in Mobile Computing (Tier 1)
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 Biomedical 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 Master Institute on Research on Aging.

Rong Zheng’s research interests include mobile computing, data analytics and networked systems. She is currently Tier-1 Canada research chair in Mobile Computing. 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 received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2006, and was a Joseph Ip Distinguished Engineering Fellow from 2015 - 2018. Dr. Zheng 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 Technical program co-chair of WASA’12, CPSCom’12, MobileHealth’14, CrowdSenSys’17, IEEE Smart IoT'20, SenSys 2021, and general co-chair of EUC’16. She serves on the technical program committees of leading networking and mobile computing conferences including SenSys, INFOCOM, ICDCS, ICNP, RTSS, IPSN etc.

Award and Honors:

  • Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Mobile Computing, 2021 - 2027
  • 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:

  • Virtual and augmented acoustic reality (New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) - Exploration stream)
  • Robust Non-contact RF Sensing for Human Vital Sign and Activity Monitoring (Mitacs Accelerate)
  • Smart Mobility for the Aging Population (NSERC CREATE)
  • Enabling Interactive Perception Applications on Edge Devices (NSERC Discovery)

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)

Upcoming trips/venues:

  • CPS-IOT'24, Hong Kong, China, May 13 - 16 , 2024
  • INFOCOM'24, Vancouver, Canada, May 20 - 23, 2024


  • 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
One-year postdoc position on open acoustic platform. More information can be found here.

July, 2023
Keivan Nalaie successfully defended his PhD thesis on "Accelerating Multi-target Visual Tracking on Smart Edge Devices"!

Sept, 2022
WiSeR welcomes one PhD student and two MEng students.

Sept, 2022
Yujiao Hao successfully defended her PhD thesis on "Overcoming data scarcity issues in IMU-based Human Motion Analysis".

Apr, 2022
WiSeR awarded an NFRF exploration grant on virtual and augmented acoustic reality.

Jan, 2022
One paper accepted by IPSN'22 and one accepted by IoTDI'22, part of CPSWeek 2022.

June, 2021
Dr. Rong Zheng named Canada Research Chair in Mobile Computing (Tier 1)

April, 2021
Yongyong Wei has successfully defended his PhD dissertation on "Efficient Mobile Sensing for Large-Scale Spatial Data Acquisition"

March, 2021
WiSeR receives a Mitacs Accelerate award on mmWave-based sensing for human activities

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

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