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 GSRC, Suite 103
200 D. W. Brooks Drive
Athens, GA 30602-1589

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Song’s research interest is mainly in pervasive sensing, computing, networking and security and their applications in health, energy and environment monitoring. He has a continuous tracking record of leading large multidisciplinary research with the grant support from NSF, NASA, USGS, DOE, USDA, NIH, DOD and industry, and his research was featured in MIT Technology Review, Network World, Scientific America, New Scientist, National Geographic, etc. Dr. Song received numerous awards and recognitions including NSF CAREER Award, Outstanding Research Contribution Award, Chancellor Research Excellence Award, IEEE Mark Weiser Best Paper Award. He serves many premium conferences and journals as General Chair, TPC member and Associate Editor. Dr. Song is the founding director of the Center for Cyber-Physical Systems at UGA, holds the Georgia Power Endowed Professorship in Engineering and courtesy appointment in UGA computer science and statistics.

The University of Georgia, founded in 1785, is a flagship university in USA. It is ranked for 13th overall among all public national universities and 46th among all national universities in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

  • Optimism: If I think something is hard, likely the way I think makes it hard!
  • Passion: Take daily activity as lifetime interest, because that is the life!
  • Collaboration: If I can achieve a dream alone, likely this dream 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
  • Principles of Cyber-Physical Systems (CSEE 8300), Fall 2017, Spring 2019, Fall 2021, Fall 2022
  • 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)