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Pei Zhang receives ACM award

December 31, 2017

Pei Zhang receives ACM SenSys Test of Time Award

By Jessica Corry

INI's mobility program advisor honored for long-lasting impact in mobile sensor networks

Professor Pei Zhang was recognized at the ​15th Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems (SenSys 2017) for his pioneering work in mobile sensor networks. He received the ACM SenSys Test of Time Award (ToTA) 2017, which recognizes papers that are at least 10 years old and have had long-lasting impact on networked embedded sensing system science and engineering.​

Zhang is an associate research professor in the Information Networking Institute (INI) and Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) departments at the Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley Campus, and is the faculty advisor for the INI's bicoastal mobility program.

While at Princeton University, Zhang developed the ZebraNet system, which is used to track zebras in Kenya. It was the first deployed, wireless, ad-hoc, mobile sensor network. His research led to the 2004 paper "Hardware design experiences in ZebraNet," which pioneered low-power design of mobile sensing devices and earned him recognition as the 2017 ToTa recipient. 

"As the first deployment of a mobile sensor network, this work offered important insights and lessons learned from the design process of ZebraNet project," said Zhang. "Its lessons are important for many researchers in the sensor network areas, including those working with hardware, building software on hardware, and working in deployments."

Zhang also received the Audience Choice Award at the 4th ACM International Conference on Systems for Energy-Efficient Built Environments (BuildSys 2017) for "SenseTribute: Smart Home Occupant Identification via Fusion Across On-Object Sensing Devices." The paper's co-authors are INI associate director Patrick Tague, Civil and Environmental Engineering assistant professor Hae Young Noh and ECE PhD students Jun Han, Shijia Pan and Manal Kumar Sinha.

About SenSys 2017

The conference took place from November 5-8, 2017 in Delft, The Netherlands. It introduced a highly selective, single-track forum for research on systems issues of sensors and sensor-enabled smart systems, broadly defined. Learn more about SenSys 2017.

About BuildSys 2017

The conference took place from November 8-9, 2017 in Delft, The Netherlands. It introduced a highly selective, single-track forum for research on systems issues covering all aspects of the built environment, broadly defined. Learn more about BuildSys 2017.