Welcome to Advanced WirelesS and Multimedia Networking Lab (AWSM Lab)

Research Interest

  • Design, algorithmic, performance, and optimization issues in wireless communications and networks

  • Multimedia communications over wired and wireless networks

  • Cognitive radio networks, femtocell networks, 60 GHz mmWave networks, massive MIMO, and free space optical networks

  • Smart grid, green communications and networking, cloud computing

  • Indoor localization, RF sensing, and healthcare IoT

Research Group



  • Research Scientist, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, NY, May 2006 ~ July 2006

  •  Postdoctoral Research Associate/Research Scientist, Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, December 2003 ~ April 2006

  • CATT Research Fellow, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, NY, September 1998 ~ December 2003

  • Summer Intern, Avaya Labs-Research, Holmdel, NJ, Summer 2001

  • Research Staff Member, IBM China Research Lab, Beijing, P. R. China, June 1997 ~ June 1998

  • Research Assistant, State Key Lab on Microwave and Digital Communication, Tsinghua University, Beijing, P. R. China, Sept. 1993 ~ May 1997

Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Service Award, IEEE Communications Society Internet Technical Committee (ITC), May 2018

  • Keynote Speaker, MobiMedia'18, IEEE CIT-2017, IEEE C-IoT 2017 (in conjunction with IEEE ICC 2017), SCAN-2015 (in conjunction with IEEE ICC 2015), and MobiMedia'15

  • Best Student Paper Award, The 28th IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications (IEEE PIMRC 2017), Montreal, Canada, Oct. 2017

  • Best Demo Award, The 2017 IEEE International Conference on Sensing, Communication and Networking (SECON), San Diego, CA, June 2017

  • Best Paper Award, The 2016 IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM'16), Washington, DC, Dec. 2016

  • Exemplary Editor, IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials, 2012 ~ 2016, Aug. 2016

  • Best Paper Award, The 2015 IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM'15), San Diego, CA, Dec. 2015

  • Distinguished Service Award, IEEE Communications Society Communication Switching and Routing Technical Committee (TC-CSR), Dec. 2015

  • Samuel Ginn Endowed Professorship, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, Auburn University, July 2015 ~ present

  • Auburn Alumni Engineering Council Research Awards for Excellence—Junior Award, 2011; Senior Award, 2015

  • Auburn Author Award, Auburn University Libraries and The Graduate School, Auburn University, April 2011 (two), April 2015, April 2016

  • Best Paper Award, The 2015 IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC'15), New Orleans, LA, Mar. 2015

  • Early promotion to the rank of Full Professor, Fall 2015

  • Distinguished Lecturer (DL), IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (VTS), July 2014 ~ June 2018

  • Runner-up for the 2013 Fabio Neri Best Paper Award, Elsevier Optical Switching and Networking Journal, Dec. 2013

  • Best Paper Award, The 2013 IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC'13), Budapest, Hungary, June 2013

  • Outstanding Leadership Award, IEEE Communications Society Multimedia Communications Technical Committee (MMTC), June 2013

  • McWane Endowed Professorship, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, Auburn University, July 2012 ~ June 2015

  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, 2010

  • Certificate of Appreciation, IEEE Communications Society: 2010, 2011, 2012 (two), 2013, 2014, 2015 (four), 2016 (three), and 2017 (two); IEEE Computer Society: 2007; IEEE Access Journal: 2018; EAI: 2017; ICST: 2009

  • IEEE Communications Society Multimedia Communication Technical Committee (MMTC) E-Letter Editor's Selected Paper Recommendation, vol.4, no.3, April 2009

  • Best Paper Runner-up Award, QShine 2008, Hong Kong, P.R. China, July 28 ~ 31, 2008

  • The 2004 IEEE Communications Society Leonard G. Abraham Prize in the Field of Communications Systems

  • The 3rd Best Student Poster Award at the Watson International Workshop on Multimedia (WWM-2003), IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY, June 20, 2003

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