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Yongguang Zhang

Yongguang Zhang joined Microsoft in January 2006, where he is now a Principal Researcher and Research Manager for the Wireless and Networking research group at Microsoft Research Asia. His current research interests include mobile systems and wireless networking.

Previously, he was a Senior Research Scientist at HRL Labs, where he led research efforts in internetworking techniques, system developments, and security mechanisms for satellite networks, ad-hoc networks, and 3G wireless systems. He was a co-PI in a DARPA Next Generation Internet project and a technical lead in five other DARPA-funded wireless network research projects. He developed several technologies that have been deployed in HRL, Boeing, and Hughes. Example major contributions include ML-IPsec protocol to enable both security and performance enhancements in wireless and satellite networks, a platform for implementing and testing mobile ad-hoc network systems, intrusion detections for ad-hoc networks, unidirectional link routing, and tools for next generation satellite network studies.

He received his Ph.D. in computer science from Purdue University in 1994. From 2001 to 2003, he was also an adjunct assistant professor of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin. He has published over 50 technical papers and one book, including top conferences and journals of his fields (like Sigcomm, Mobicom, Mobisys, ToN). He recently won a string of Best Paper Awards at top networking conferences: NSDI'11, CoNEXT'10, and NSDI’09, and 5 Best Demo Awards in a roll: at MobiSys’07, SenSys’07, MobiSys’08, NSDI’09, and SIGCOMM'10. He is an Associate Editor for IEEE transactions on Mobile Computing, an Area Editor for MC2R, was a guest editor in an ACM MONET Journal, and has organized and chaired/co-chaired several international conferences, workshops, and an IETF working group. He is a General Co-Chair for ACM MobiCom’09.


See Wireless and Networking group home page.

Recent Publications (Selected):

  • "ServerSwitch: A Programmable and High Performance Platform for Data Center Networks," NSDI 2011. (Best Paper Award)
  • "ICTCP: Incast Congestion Control for TCP in Data Center Networks," CoNEXT 2010. (Best Paper Award)
  • "SecondNet: A Data Center Network Architecture with Bandwidth Guarantees," CoNEXT 2010. 
  • "Fine-grained Channel Access in Wireless LAN," SIGCOMM 2010.
  • "MDCube: A High Performance Network Structure for Modular Data Center Interconnection," CoNEXT 2009.
  • "BCube: A High Performance, Server-centric Network Architecture for Modular Data Centers," SIGCOMM 2009.
  • "xShare: Supporting Impromptu Sharing of Mobile Phones," MobiSys 2009.
  • "Point&Connect: Intention-based Device Pairing for Mobile Phone Users," MobiSys 2009.
  • "Sora: High Performance Software Radio using General Purpose Multi-core Processors," NSDI 2009. (Best Paper Award, also Best Demo Award)
  • "DCell: A Scalable and Fault-Tolerant Network Structure for Data Centers", SIGCOMM 2008.
  • "BeepBeep: A High Accuracy Acoustic Ranging System Using COTS Mobile Devices," SenSys 2007. (Also Best Demo Award)
  • "MobiUS: Enable Together-Viewing Video Experience across Two Mobile Devices," MobiSys 2007. (Also Best Demo Award)


We are looking for exceptional full-time researcher and research interns. Please send your CV to If you are interested in working with me and in the area of my interests, please also copy me. We are particularly interested in candidates who can demonstrate high quality research taste and strong first-hand system building experience.


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External Activities

Conferences and Journals

  • General Co-Chair: ACM MobiCom 2009
  • Associated Editor: IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing
  • Area Editor: ACM SIGMOBILE MC2R
  • TPC: SIGCOMM 07, ICNP 07, Infocom 09, WiSec 09, CoNext 09, MobiSys 10, SIGCOMM 11
  • Appointments

  • Co-Director, Microsoft - Xi'an Jiaotong University Joint Lab
  • Adjunct Professor, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications
  • Adjunct Professor, Zhongshan University
  • Teaching

  • Undergrad OS, Tsinghua University: Fall 2006-2010
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