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Zhu Han (Chinese character 韩竹) received the B.S. degree in electronic engineering from Tsinghua University, in 1997, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1999 and 2003, respectively. From 2000 to 2002, he was an R&D Engineer of JDSU, Germantown, Maryland. From 2003 to 2006, he was a Research Associate at the University of Maryland. From 2006 to 2008, he was an assistant professor at Boise State University, Idaho. Currently, he is a John and Rebecca Moores Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department as well as in the Computer Science Department at the University of Houston, Texas. Dr. Han’s main research targets on the novel game-theory related concepts critical to enabling efficient and distributive use of wireless networks with limited resources. His other research interests include wireless resource allocation and management, wireless communications and networking, quantum computing, data science, smart grid, carbon neutralization, security and privacy.  Dr. Han received an NSF Career Award in 2010, the Fred W. Ellersick Prize of the IEEE Communication Society in 2011, the EURASIP Best Paper Award for the Journal on Advances in Signal Processing in 2015, IEEE Leonard G. Abraham Prize in the field of Communications Systems (best paper award in IEEE JSAC) in 2016, IEEE Vehicular Technology Society 2022 Best Land Transportation Paper Award, and several best paper awards in IEEE conferences. Dr. Han was an IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer from 2015 to 2018 and ACM Distinguished Speaker from 2022 to 2025, AAAS fellow since 2019, and ACM distinguished Member since 2019. Dr. Han is a 1% highly cited researcher since 2017 according to Web of Science. Dr. Han is also the winner of the 2021 IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award (an IEEE Field Award), for outstanding early to mid-career contributions to technologies holding the promise of innovative applications, with the following citation: ``for contributions to game theory and distributed management of autonomous communication networks."

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Office Address

Mailing Address

W302, Engineering Building 2,

 University of Houston,

 Houston, TX 77004.

N308, Engineering Building 1,

 University of Houston,

 Houston, TX 77004.

 

 phone:  +1 713-743-4437

 Fax: +1 713-743-4444

 E-mail: zhan2@uh.edu or hanzhu22@gmail.com 


Research Highlight

1.      IEEE Fellow since 2014 for contributions to resource allocation and security in wireless communications

2.      AAAS Fellow in class of 2020 for distinguished contributions to the field of game theory, particularly for modeling, analysis and algorithm design of new applications in communication networks

3.      2021 IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award (IEEE Field Awad), for outstanding early to mid-career contributions to technologies holding the promise of innovative applications, with the following citation: “For contributions to game theory and distributed management of autonomous communication networks."

4.      Web of Science top 1% most cited, Highly Cited Researcher since 2017

5.      H-Factor and citation from google scholar

6.      My c.v. in pdf

7.      Please visit our Wireless Networking, Signal Processing and Security Lab, where you can find slides and codes for our newest research and books.

 

Teaching Highlight

·        Signal Processing and Networking for Big Data Applications

·        Game Theory in Wireless and Communication Networks: Theory, Model, and Applications

·    Beijing University Talk: Game theory (abstract, ppt, video) and Big data (abstract, ppt, video)

·       Taiwan Short Courses

·        Selective Topic in Optimization

·        ECE4371: introduction to telecommunication engineering; ECE4117: telecommunication lab;

·        Graduate seminar on big data 2013, big data 2015, deep learning 2017

·        Graduate seminar on device to device

·        Graduate seminar on smart grid

·        ECE6332: Wireless Communications

 

Students and Postdoc

1.     Yuhan Kang, Ph.D. student

2.     Faheem Quazi, Ph.D. student

3.     Salma Sultana, Ph.D.

4.     Daniel Doe, Ph.D. Student

5.     Zijian Zhan, Ph.D. Student

6.     Dingwen Pan, Ph.D. Student

7.     Jiachen Shen, Ph.D. Student

8.     Kai-Chu Tsai, Ph.D. student, joint with Dr. Ricardo, Lent

9.     Yuan Zi, Ph.D. student, joint with Dr. Jiefu Chen

10.  Mingze Li, Ph.D. student, joint with Dr. Lei Fan 

11.  Zhongqi Zhao, Ph.D. student, joint with Dr. Lei Fan

12.  Wenlu Xuan, Ph.D. student, joint with Dr. Lei Fan

13.  Dr. Shuhao Zeng, Postdoc

Alumnus

1.     Barsha Shrestha, MS. 2008, “Wireless Access in Vehicular Environments using Bit Torrent and Bargaining”, first job in Ugobe, LLC.

2.      Jia Meng, Ph.D. 2010, “Compressive Sensing Applications For Wireless Communications”, first job in CGGVeritas, co-advised with Dr. Wotao Yin in Rice University.

3.      Zhou Yuan, Ph.D. 2012, “A Framework Of Belief Propagation And Game Theory For Cognitive Radio Security And Routing".

4.      Tina Mathews, M.S. 2012, ``USRP2 implementation of compressive sensing based channel estimation in OFDM".

5.     Yi Huang, Ph.D. 2013, “A Quickest Detection Framework for Smart Grid”.

6.     Thanh Le, M.S. 2013, “Sequential Learning for Passive Monitoring of Multi-Channel Wireless Network”

7.     Mohammad Esmalifalak, Ph.D. 2013, “Attack and Defense Mechanisms for State Estimation in Smart Grid”

8.     Nam Nguyen, Ph.D. 2013,  “A Nonparametric Bayesian Framework For Mobile Device Security And Location Based Services”

9.     Najmeh Forouzandeh Mehr, Ph.D. 2013, ``Game Theoretical Framework for Dynamic Control in Smart Grid"

10.  Guanbo Zheng, Ph.D. 2013, joint with professor Rong Zheng, ``Toward Reliable and Robust Wireless Personal Area Networks"

11.  Lanchao Liu, Ph.D. 2014, “Big Data Optimization for Modern Communication Networks”

12.  Ali Arab, Ph.D. 2015, “Asset Management Of Smart Grid Infrastructure For Resiliency Enhancement", Industrial Engineering, joint with Professor Suresh Khator.

13.  Ateeth Kumar Thirukkovulur, M.S. 2015, ``Novel Infrastructure Quantification For Utility Of Virtualized Network Debugging Using Openflow As Visualization Of Packets And Software Defined Networking," joint with Professor Deniz Gurkan.

14.  Erte Pan, Ph.D. 2016, ``Big Data Analysis of Complex Networks using Machine Learning Methods."

15.  Yanru Zhang, Ph.D. 2016, ``Contract Theory Framework for Wireless Networking."

16.  Yunan Gu, Ph.D. 2016, ``Matching Theory Framework for 5G Wireless Communications."

17.  Hung Nguyen, Ph.D. 2017, ``Big Data Optimization for Distributed Resource Management in Smart Grid."

18.  Fahira Sangare, Ph.D. 2017, ``RF Energy Harvesting and Information Transfer Implementation in the Internet of Things."

19.  Radwa Aly, Ph.D. 2017, “Utilizing Full Duplex Multiple Antenna System in Heterogeneous Networks."

20.  Huaqing Zhang, Ph.D. 2017, “A Hierarchical Game Framework for Distributive Resource Allocation in Future HetNet."

21.  Mounika Sai Errapotu, Ph.D. 2018, “Secure Computing with Privacy Preservation for Cyber-Physical Systems," joint with Dr. Miao Pan

22.  Qiuyang Shen, Ph.D. 2019, “Statistical Bayesian Inversion of Directional Electromagnetic Logging Data”, joint with Dr. Jiefu Chen

23.  Neetu Raveendran, Ph.D. 2019, “Game Theoretic and Machine Learning Technigues for Efficient Resource Allocation in Next Generation Wireless Networks”

24.  Reginald Banez, Ph.D. 2020, “Mean Field Game Theory for Future Heterogeneous and Hierarchical Communication Networks”

25.  Kevin Tsai, Ph.D. 2020, “Link Game Theory and Machine Learning in Theories and Applications”

26.  Saeed Ahmadian, Ph.D. 2020, “Detecting Cyber-attacks to Smart Grids and Increasing Resiliency using Data Driving Algorithms," joint with Dr. Heidar Malki

27.  Xunsheng Du, Ph.D. 2020, “Applied Machine Learning with Latent Space Representation and Manipulation"

28.  Mohamed Elmossalamy, Ph.D. 2020, “Passive Reflection Techniques for Wireless Communications"

29.  Dawei Chen, Ph.D. 2021, ``Machine Learning for Multi-Access Edge Computing and Autonomous Driving"

30.  Jing Li, Ph.D. 2022, ``Contract Theory Framework for Cryptoeconomics"

31.  Wen Xie, Ph.D. 2023, ``Machine Learning and Unstructured Data Analytics for Digital Marketing"

32.  Yingying Li, Postdoc, Wall street.

33.  Walid Saad, Postdoc, Full professor in Virginia Tech.

34.  Samir Medina Perlaza, Full professor Inria, France

35.  Yong Xiao, Full professor, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China.

36.  Duy Nguyen, Postdoc, now professor in San Diego State University, tenured.

37.  Hongliang Zhang, joint with Princeton University, Assistant professor in Peking University, China.

 

Note for the future graduate student. The graduation requirement is as follows:

1.     Satisfying the course work and other department requirement.

2.     For MS student, one IEEE/ACM top conference paper.

3.     For Ph.D. student, 5 points are needed. Submission of one IEEE/ACM/Eurasip journal is 1 point, and acceptance is another 1 point. Acceptance of magazine/letter/book chapter is 1 point. Also you should be an independent thinker with sufficient presentation, writing, simulation and analysis ability.

4.   At least one journal accepted.

5.     For all graduate students, after defense, I need a 4 inch photo frame that represents your hometown style. I will put your graduation photo into it and post in my office, since I want to share one of the happiest time with you.

 

Award

·         2016 IEEE Leonard G. Abraham Prize in the field of Communications Systems (Best Paper Award for IEEE Journal on Selected Areas on Communications).

·         2015 EURASIP Best Paper Award for the Journal on Advances in Signal Processing.

·         2011 IEEE Communications Society Fred W. Ellersick Prize, IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine Best Paper Award

·         Award for Excellence in Research & Scholarship, University of Houston, 2011, 2015

·         NSF Career Award, 2010

·         IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, 2015-2018.

·         Conference Awards

1.      Best Paper Award, IEEE International Conference on Communications, Shanghai, China 2019.

2.      Best Paper Award, IEEE Globecom, Singapore, 2017

3.      Best Paper Award, IEEE International Conference on Communications in China, Qingdao, China, 2017.

4.      Best Paper Award, IEEE International Conference on Communications, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2016.

5.      Best Paper Award, IEEE International Conference on Communication Systems, Shengzhen, China, 2016.

6.      Best Paper Award, IEEE International Conference on Communications, London, UK, 2015.

7.      Best Paper Award, IEEE Globe Communication Conference, Austin, Texas, 2014.

8.      Best Paper Award, IEEE Wireless Communication and Networking Conference, Shanghai, China, 2013

9.      Best Paper Award, IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications, Tainan, Taiwan, 2012.

10.  Best Paper Award, International Conference on Wireless Communications and Signal Processing (WCSP), 2012.

11.  Best Paper Award, IEEE Wireless Communication and Networking Conference, Paris, France, 2012

12.  Best Paper Award, IEEE Wireless Communication and Networking Conference, Paris, France, 2012

13.  Best Paper Award, IEEE International Conference on Communications, Dresden, Germany, 2009

14.  Best Paper Award, 7th International Symposium on Modeling and Optimization in Mobile, Ad Hoc, and Wireless Networks, (WiOpt09), South Korea 2009

Publications

Book:

1.    Zhu Han and K. J. Ray Liu, Resource Allocation for Wireless Networks: Basics, Techniques, and Applications, Cambridge University Press, 2008.

2.     Ekram Hossain, Dusit Niyato, and Zhu Han, Dynamic Spectrum Access in Cognitive Radio Networks, Cambridge University Press, 2009.

3.   Zhu Han, Dusit Niyato, Walid Saad, Tamer Basar, and Are Hjorungnes, Game Theory in Wireless and Communication Networks: Theory, Models and Applications, Cambridge University Press, UK, 2011.

4.   Zhu Han, Husheng Li, and Wotao Yin, Compressive Sensing for Wireless Networks, Cambridge University Press, UK, 2013.

5.   Lingyang Song, Dusit Niyato, Zhu Han, and Ekram Hossain, Wireless Device-to-Device Communications and Networks, Cambridge University Press, UK, 2015.

6.   Zhu Han, Mingyi Hong, and Dan Wang, Signal Processing and Networking for Big Data Applications, Cambridge University Press, UK, 2017.

7.   Lingyang Song, Risto Wichman, Yonghui Li, and Zhu Han, Full-Duplex Communications and Networks, Cambridge University Press, UK, 2017.

8.   Zhu Han, Dusit Niyato, Walid Saad, and Tamer Basar, Game Theory for Next-Generation Wireless and Communication Networks: Modeling, Analysis, and Design, Cambridge University Press, UK, 2017.

9.   Dusit Niyato, Nguyen Cong Luong, Ping Wang, and Zhu Han, Auction Theory for Data Communications and Networking: Fundamentals and Applications, Cambridge University Press, UK, 2021.

10. Lingyang Song, Zhu Han, Boya Di, and Hongliang Zhang, Aerial Access Networks: Integration of UAVs, HAPs, and Satellites, Cambridge University Press, UK, 2023.

11. Jing Li, Dusit Niyato, and Zhu Han, Cryptoeconomics: Economic Mechanisms behind Blockchains, Cambridge University Press, UK, 2023.

Edited Book 

12. Ekram Hossain, Zhu Han, and Vincent Poor, Smart Grid Communications and Networking, Cambridge University Press, UK, 2012 (Chinese version by Publishing Houston of Electronic Industry, China, 2013).

 

 

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smart_grid_book_cover.jpgAerial Access Networks: Integration of UAVs, HAPs, and Satellites 

 

 

Brief Book:

1.      Wuchen Li, Yuhan Kang, Hao Gao, and Zhu Han, “Mean Field Guided Machine Learning,” Springer Science + Business Media, LLC. 2024.

2.      Reginald A. Banez, Lixin Li, Chungang Yang, and Zhu Han, “Mean Field Game and its Applications in Wireless Networks,” Springer Science + Business Media, LLC, 2021.

3.      Choong Seon Hong, Latif U. Khan, Mingzhe Chen, Dawei Chen, Walid Saad, and Zhu Han, “Federated Learning for Wireless Networks,” Springer Science + Business Media, LLC, 2021.

4.      Hongliang Zhang, Boya Di, Lingyang Song, and Zhu Han, “Reconfigurable Intelligent Surface-Empowered 6G,” Springer Science + Business Media, LLC, 2021.

5.      Qiuyang Shen, Jiefu Chen, Xuqing Wu, Yueqin Huang, and Zhu Han, “Statistical Inversion of Electromagnetic Logging Data,” Springer Science + Business Media, LLC, 2020

6.      Hongliang Zhang, Lingyang Song, and Zhu Han, “UAV Communications over Cellular Networks," Springer Science + Business Media, LLC, 2021.

7.      Miao Pan, Jinyi Wang, Sai Mounika Errapotu, Xinyue Zhang, Jiahao Ding, and

Zhu Han, “Big Data Di_erential Privacy for Cyber-Physical Systems,"

with Springer Science + Business Media, LLC, 2019.

8.      Huaqing Zhang, Sami Khairy, Lin X. Cai, and Zhu Han, “Resource Allocation in Unlicensed LTE HetNets," Springer Science + Business Media, LLC, 2017.

9.      Zhu Han, Yunan Gu, and Walid Saad, \Matching Theory for Wireless Networks," Springer Science + Business Media, LLC. 2017.

10.  Yanru Zhang and Zhu Han, “Contract Theory For Wireless Networks," Springer Science + Business Media, LLC. 2017

11.  Hongliang Zhang, Lingyang Song, Zhu Han, and Yingjun (Angela) Zhang, “Hypergraph Theory in Wireless Communication Networks," Springer Science + Business Media, LLC, 2017.

12.  Tianyu Wang, Lingyang Song, Walid Saad, and Zhu Han, “Overlapping Coalition Formation Games in Wireless Communication Networks," Springer Science + Business Media, LLC. 2016.

13.  Yun Liao, Tianyu Wang, Lingyang Song and Zhu Han, ``Listen and Talk: Full-duplex Cognitive Radio Networks,"     Springer Science + Business Media, LLC, 2016.

14.  Dan Wang and Zhu Han, “Sublinear Algorithms for Big Data Applications," Springer Science + Business Media, LLC, 2015.

15.  Chen Xu, Lingyang Song and Zhu Han, \Resource Management for Device-to-Device Underlay Communication," Springer Science + Business Media, LLC, 2013.

 

Book Chapter:

1.    Hongliang Zhang and Zhu Han, “Wireless Technologies for Metaverse,” Metaverse Communication and Computing Networks: Applications, Technologies, and Approaches, John Wiley & Sons, Editor Dinh Thai Hoang, Diep N. Nguyen, Cong T. Nguyen, Ekram Hossain, and Dusit Niyato

2.    Dawei Chen, Dan Wang, Yifei Zhu, and Zhu Han, “Digital Twin for Federated Analytics Applications,” Handbook of Digital Twins, CRC Press

3.    Dawei Chen, Yin-Chen Liu, BaekGyu Kim, Jiang Xie, Choong Seon Hong, and Zhu Han, “Hierarchical Meta-Learning for Multi-access Edge Computing: Framework and Applications,” Meta-Learning with Medical Imaging and Health Informatics Applications, Elsevier, editor: Hien Van Nguyen and Rama Chellappa, 2022.

4.    Kevin Tsai, Hanlin Mou, Lianming Xu, Li Wang, and Zhu Han “Social Networking Driven Caching,” Edge Caching for Mobile Networks, IET, editors: Vincent Poor and Wei Chen, 2020.

5.    Tingting Liu, Jun Li, Feng Shu, and Zhu Han, “Contract-Theory Based Approach for Caching,” Edge Caching for Mobile Networks, IET, editors: Vincent Poor and Wei Chen, 2020

6.    Haijun Zhang, George K. Karagiannidis, and Zhu Han, \Power Control in Full Duplex Ultra-Dense Networks," Ultra-Dense Networks, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UH, editors: Haijun Zhang, Jemin Lee, Tony S. Quek and Chih-Lin I, 2019

7.    Mbazingwa E. Mkiramweni, Chungang Yang, Zhu Han, “Mean Field Games for 5G Ultra-Dense Networks: A Resource Management Perspective," Ultra-Dense Networks for 5G and Beyond: Modelling, Analysis and Design, Wiley, Hoboken, NJ, editors: Trung Q. Duong, Xiaoli Chu, and Himal A Suraweera, 2019.

8.    Huaqing Zhang and Zhu Han, “Resource Allocation for Network Virtualization,” Cognitive Cellular Networks, Springer, editors: Lingyang Song and Wei Zhang. 2019.

9.      Neetu Raveendran, Kaigui Bian, Lingyang Song, and Zhu Han, \A Social Choice

Theoretic Approach for Analyzing User Behavior in Online Streaming Mobile Applications," Game Theory for Networking Applications, EAI/Springer, editors: Ju Bin Song, Husheng Li, and Marceau Coupechoux, 2019.

10. Fahira Sangare and Zhu Han, “Wireless Energy Harvesting for Future Wireless Communications," RF Energy Harvesting Networks: Existing Techniques and Hardware Technology, Springer-Verlag New York, USA, editors: Nalin Jayakody, John Thompson, Symeon Chatzinotas, and Salman Durrani. 2018

11. Yunan Gu, Lin Cai, Lingyang Song, and Zhu Han, “LTE-Unlicensed and Corresponding Distributed Resource Allocation,” Emerging Technologies for 5G Wireless Systems, Cambridge University Press, editors: Vincent Wong, Robert Schober, Wing Kwan Ng and Li-Chun Wang, 2017.

12. Lanchao Liu, Zhu Han, Shuguang Cui, and Vincent Poor, ``Big Data Optimization for Smart Grid," Big Data over Networks, Cambridge University Press, edited by Alfred Hero, Jose' Moura, Tom Luo, and Shuguang Cui. 2014

13. Ju Bin Song and Zhu Han, “Nonparametric Bayesian prediction of primary users' air traffics in cognitive radio networks," Software-Defined and Cognitive Radio Technologies for Dynamic Spectrum Access and Management, IGI-Global, editors: Naima Kaabouch and Wen Chen Hu, 2014.

14. Rongqing Zhang, Lingyang Song, Zhu Han, and Bingli Jiao, “Relay and Jammer Cooperation as a Coalitional Game," Physical Layer Security in Wireless Communications, Auerbach Publications, CRC Press, Taylor&Francis Group, editors: Sean Zhou, Lingyang Song, and Yan Zhang, 2013.

15. Rongqing Zhang, Lingyang Song, Zhu Han, and Bingli Jiao, “Ascending Clock Auction for Physical Layer Security," Physical Layer Security in Wireless Communications, Auerbach Publications, CRC Press, Taylor&Francis Group, editors: Sean Zhou, Lingyang Song, and Yan Zhang, 2013.

16. Tianyu Wang, Lingyang Song, Zhu Han, and Bingli Jiao, ``Secure Communications in Cognitive Two-Way Relay Networks using Sequential Second Price Auction," Mechanisms and Games for Dynamic Spectrum Allocation, Cambridge University Press, 2012.

17. Walid Saad, Zhu Han, and Are Hjorungnes, ``Coalitional Games for Cooperative Wireless Cellular Networks", Cooperative Cellular Wireless Networks, Cambridge University Press, 2011.

18. Ninoslav Marina, Walid Saad, Zhu Han, and Are Hjorungnes, ``Modeling Malicious Behaviour in Cooperative Cellular Wireless Networks", Cooperative Cellular Wireless Networks, Cambridge University Press, 2010.

19. Rajatha Raghavendra and Zhu Han, ``Friend or Foe in OFDM Interference Channel”, Game Theory for Wireless Communication and Theory, Auerbach Publications, Taylor & Francis Group, 2009.

20. Guan-Ming Su and Zhu Han, ``Auction Based Resource Allocation for Cooperative Wireless Video Transmission”, Multimedia Analysis, Processing, and Communications, Springer, 2009.

21.  Jianwei Huang and Zhu Han, "Game Theory in Cognitive Radios", invited, Cognitive Radio Networks: Architectures, Protocols and Standards, Auerbach Publications, Taylor & Francis Group, 2008.

22.  Yan Sun and Zhu Han, "Trusted Cooperative Transmission: Turn a Security Weakness into Security Enhancement", Securing Wireless Communications at the Physical Layer, Springer-Verlag, 2008. 

23.  Zhu Han and H. Vincent Poor, "Impact of Cooperative Transmission over Network Routing", Cooperative Wireless Communications, Auerbach Publications, Taylor and Francis Group, 2008.

24. Zhu Han, "Degrees of Cooperation in Dynamic Spectrum Access for Distributed Cognitive Radios", Cognitive Wireless Communication Networks, Springer, 2007.

 

 

 

Journal/Magazine/Letter Publication: >900

Conference Publication: >500

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 Patent

1.      Wipawee Siriwongpairat, Zhu Han, and K. J. Ray Liu,”Method and System for Power Controlled Effective Allocation of Sub-Bands in Ultra-Wideband Communication," U.S. patent 7,653,122.

2.      Vincent Poor, Walid Saad, and Zhu Han, “A Method for Securing Backscatter Wireless Communication," U.S. patent, 2017, 9,672,394.


Grand Slam Marathon Club member (7 marathons in 7 continents plus North Pole Marathon). Many thanks for Richard Donovan and his team to make the dreams come true.

 

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