Prof. WenZhan Song

Georgia Power Mickey A. Brown Professor
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Director of the Center for Cyber-Physical Systems
College of Engineering
University of Georgia

Mailing address:
Boyd Building, Suite 103
200 D. W. Brooks Drive
Athens, GA 30602-1589
Biographical Sketch

Dr. WenZhan Song is Georgia Power Mickey A. Brown Professor in Computer Engineering and Founding Director of the Center for Cyber-Physical Systems (CCPS) at the University of Georgia. He directs the SensorWeb Research Laboratory with the research focus on sensor data analytics and security, sensor networks and data infrastructures. Dr. Song’s lab invented a series of non-invasive sensing technology for the health and security monitoring of humans, animals, machines and infrastructures, driven by the convergence of AI, data science, and advanced sensing and networking technologies. His lab invented the first “subsurface camera” for real-time subsurface imaging, which senses the reflected and refracted seismic signals and computes the 3D subsurface imaging in real-time and continuously and has been adopted in hazard mitigations, energy exploration, planetary explorations and infrastructure security. Building on the advanced seismic sensing, his lab further invents a series of continuous contactless health monitoring technologies for humans and animals, ultimately ushering in a new era of predictive and preventative healthcare. For instance, BedDot, attached underneath a bed, senses micro-seismograms from heartbeats and movements and estimates sleep activities, vital signs and cardiovascular dynamics. CageDot, placed under an animal cage, monitors animal activity patterns and vital signs. FloorDot, placed on the floor, senses micro-seismograms generated by foot steps and other activities and identifies the activities of daily living. Delving into the domain of cyber-physical security, his lab creates spatio-temporal sensor webs meticulously engineered to collect and analyze multi-modal sensor signals emanating from electrical networks and cyber networks. This approach simultaneously secures and monitors the health of devices, machinery, and critical infrastructures, fortifying them against potential threats and ensuring optimal operation. To address the critical needs of secure and sharable sensor data infrastructure, his lab builds the first zero-trust and traceable data infrastructure for secure and trustworthy sensor data storage, sharing and computing based on web3 and blockchain principles, promoting a new level of data ownership and transparency. These advancements have a far-reaching impact on healthcare, security, and infrastructure.

Dr. Song’s research was featured in national media and received numerous awards and recognitions including NSF CAREER Award, Outstanding Research Contribution Award, Chancellor Research Excellence Award, IEEE Mark Weiser Best Paper Award, and three times Most Promising Technology awards from industry. Dr. Song served as General Chair, TPC member and Associate Editor of the most prestigious conferences and journals at computer science and engineering, including IEEE INFOCOM, IEEE PERCOM, IEEE Internet of Things, ACM Transaction on Sensor Networks. He has a strong tracking record on leading multi-dsciplinary teams with numerous grants from the NSF, NIH, NASA, USGS, DOE, USDA, DOD and industry. He also holds the courtesy appointment in computer science and statistics at UGA.

The University of Georgia, founded in 1785, is the flagship university of the State of Georgia in USA. It is consistently ranked top 50 among all U.S. universities and top 20 among all U.S. public universities according to the U.S. News & World Report rankings.

  • If you think something is hard, likely the way you think makes it harder.
  • Take daily life as a lifetime interest, because that is the life.
  • Helping others is helping yourself. If a dream can be achieved alone, it is too small.
Research Interests

  • Theory: Sensor Signal Processing and Artificial Intelligence, Distributed Computing and Networking
  • System: Cyber-physical Systems, Sensor Networks, Web3 Data Infrastructure
  • Application: Health, Energy, Security and Environment Monitoring

We have openings for self-motivated PhD students and postdoc researchers.

Teaching (student evaluations)

  • Network System Engineering (CSEE 4140), Fall 2019, Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Spring 2023, Spring 2024
  • Principles of Cyber-Physical Systems (CSEE 8300), Fall 2017, Spring 2019, Fall 2021, Fall 2022, Spring 2024
  • Security in Cyber-Physical Systems (CSEE 8310), Fall 2020
  • Wireless Sensor Networks (CSEE 4240) Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020
  • Network Security (CSC8222), Fall 2013 (4.0), Fall 2015 (4.3)
  • Sensor Web Architectures and Protocols (CSC8251), Fall 2012 (4.6), Fall 2014 (4.3)
  • Computer Networks (CSC4220), Spring 2011(4.8), Spring 2012(4.2), Spring 2014(4.5), Spring 2016
  • Research Topics in Internet of Things (CSC8910), Summer 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012 (5.0)
  • Seminar: Sensorweb and Its Technologies (CSC8980), Fall 2010 (5.0)
  • Advanced Data Structures (CS223), Fall 2008 (3.76), Fall 2009 (4.07)
  • Introduction to Computer Networks (CS455), Fall 2005 (4.42), Fall 2006 (4.09), Fall 2007 (4.52), Fall 2008 (4.64), Fall 2009 (4.86)
  • Advanced topics in Wireless Networks (CS558), Spring 2006 (4.74), Spring 2007 (4.52), Spring 2008 (4.82), Spring 2009 (4.68), Spring 2010 (5.0)
  • Research Topics Seminar(CS499), Spring 2007

Honors and Recognitions

  • Outstanding Research Contribution Award, by the Department of Computer Science, Georgia State University, 2012
  • NSF CAREER Award, by National Science Foundation, 2010
  • Chancellor Research Excellence Award, by Washington State University Vancouver, 2010
  • Career Center recognition – for greatly contributing to the career development of UGA graduates, 2020
  • Silver Award for Summer Intern Supervising, by CASE Circle of Excellence Awards Program, 2011
  • OpenFog Consortium Founding Member, 2016
  • J. Tinsley Oden Faculty Fellowship, by the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) of UT Austin, 2015
  • National Outstanding Oversea Student Scholarship, awarded by Ministry of Education of China (only 40 selected in USA, and only 200 selected worldwide), 2004
  • Spotlight Paper in the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (IEEE TPDS), February 2012
  • Top 25 papers published in Pervasive and Mobile Computing, 2012
  • Distinguished Member of the 2015 IEEE INFOCOM Technical Program Committee
  • Best Paper award in 2014 IEEE Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference- Asia
  • Best Paper candidate in IEEE GLOBECOM 2014
  • Best Paper candidate in The 10th Annual IEEE Communications Society Conference on Sensor and Ad Hoc Communications and Networks (IEEE SECON), 2013
  • Best Paper award in The 7th International Conference on Mobile Ad-hoc and Sensor Networks (MSN), 2011
  • Best Paper candidate in The 7th Annual IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications (IEEE PerCom), 2009
  • Best Paper candidate in The 11th Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking (ACM MOBICOM ), 2005
  • Keynote Speaker, HFES (Human Factors and Ergonomics Society) ErgoX symposium, 2022
  • Keynote Speaker, the 4th IEEE Workshop on Smart Service Systems (IEEE SMARTSYS), 2019
  • Keynote Speaker, the 3rd IEEE International Conference on Systems and Informatics (IEEE ICSAI), 2016
  • IEEE Senior Member (2011 – now)
  • ACM Senior Member (2012 – now)