About Myself

I am currently a Full Professor in School of Computer Science & Electronic Engineering (CSEE), University of Essex, and the Head of the Network Convergence Laboratory (NCL), University of Essex. I am a Fellow of IET, Senior Member of IEEE, Member of IEEE ComSoc,  and Member of ACM.

I got my PhD degree in network engineering from the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering, University College London (UCL). My MSc and BSc degrees were both from Department of Computer Science, Jilin University (JLU), China. After graduating from MSc study in 1994, I spent a couple of years in publishing industry (Jilin University Press) where I enjoyed myself travelling around the country. Then I took up a lectureship in the Department of Computer Science, Jilin University. During my stay in Jilin University, I mainly worked in the fields of computer networks, cluster computing, and mobile agent technology. I was the Principal Investigator of a national high-tech project (863-306), which was about introducing code mobility into CORBA. I was also involved in several other national high-tech projects in the broad area of distributed systems and distributed artificial intelligence.

At 2000 I joined in Networks & Services Group at Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering, University College London (UCL) as a research fellow in response to the call from the then newly funded big EU IST 5th Framework Project FAIN (Future Active IP Network). More than half a year later, I also took part in another EU IST project MANTRIP serving as one of the main technical contributors. After the successful finish of MANTRIP I began working on one of the last IST 5FP projects CONTEXT until I took a lectureship in University of Essex at September, 2003. I started in Pervasive Networks & Service Group (PNS) led by Prof. Ian Henning, now I am leading a research group called NCL

As a full time academic staff, I supervise PhD/MSc/UG students; teach at both the MSc and UG levels on topics concerning data networks and networked computing; and take responsibility of supervising MSc Software Laboratory, MSc Network Lab (2003-04) of the Department. I served as a PhD external examiner in both UK universities (such as King’s College London, UCL, Surrey, Bristol, Bath, etc.), European universities such as UPC-Spain and other universities in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, etc.

My main research interests include: Wireless networks (including WiMAX, WiFi, mobile ad-hoc networks, sensor networks), heterogeneous wireless networks, network convergence (inc. fixed mobile convergence), IP network management, Future Internet technologies (such as network virtualization and information centric networking), pervasive service engineering,  mobile cloud computing.  Please refer to my publications, my professional activities and researches for more information.

Apart from network engineering, I am interested in culture, Chinese ancient literature and poetry, martial novels written by JIN Yong, swimming, badminton, among other activities. 

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