Pengyu Zhang

I am a postdoc researcher at Stanford working with Sachin Katti. I received my Ph.D. from UMass Amherst. My advisor was Deepak Ganesan. I received my bachelor and master from Tsinghua University.
I design and implement low-power communication, sensing and computing systems for Internet-of-Things. I invented innovative backscatter communication technologies that provide low-power wireless connectivity, leveraged software-hardware co-design to support dedicated applications, designed runtime systems for intermittently powered computing systems, and improved the security and privacy of IoT devices.

I am looking for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position. Here is my CV, Research Statement and Teaching Statement.


ACM SIGMOBILE Doctoral Dissertation Award 2016
Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award at UMass Amherst 2016
MobiSys 2017 Best Paper Award Nominee
SenSys 2016 Best Paper Award Nominee
UbiComp 2016 Honorable Mention Award
Mobicom 2014 Best Paper Award Runner Up
Tsinghua University Scholarships, 2005 and 2008

Selected publications (Full list)

FreeRider: Backscatter Communication Using Commodity Radios
Pengyu Zhang, Colleen Josephson, Dinesh Bharadia, Sachin Katti
CoNEXT 2017

Localizing Low-power Backscatter Tags Using Commodity WiFi
Manikanta Kotaru, Pengyu Zhang, Sachin Katti
CoNEXT 2017

Glimpse: A Programmable Early-Discard Camera Architecture for Continuous Mobile Vision
Saman Naderiparizi, Pengyu Zhang, Matthai Philipose, Bodhi Priyantha, Jie Liu, Deepak Ganesan
MobiSys 2017
Best Paper Award Nominee

HitchHike: Practical Backscatter using Commodity WiFi
Pengyu Zhang (Co-primary), Dinesh Bharadia (Co-primary), Kiran Joshi, Sachin Katti
SenSys 2016
Best Paper Award Nominee
Press cover: Stanford News, ACM TechNews, ECN, Science Blog, Pace Today, North Dallas Gazette, New Electronics, RFID Journal, NFC World, etc.

Ph.D. Thesis: Leveraging Backscatter For Ultra-Low Power Wireless Sensing Systems
Pengyu Zhang
ACM SIGMOBILE Doctoral Dissertation Award 2016
Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award at UMass Amherst 2016

Enabling Practical Backscatter Communication for On-body Sensors
Pengyu Zhang, Mohammad Rostami, Pan Hu, Deepak Ganesan

Braidio: An Integrated Active-Passive Radio for Mobile Devices with Asymmetric Energy Budgets
Pan Hu, Pengyu Zhang, Mohammad Rostami, Deepak Ganesan
Press cover: Science Daily, Energy Harvesting Journal, PHYS, Elektor Magazine, Electronics360, etc.

Laissez-Faire: Fully asymmetric backscatter communication
Pan Hu, Pengyu Zhang, Deepak Ganesan

EkhoNet: High Speed Ultra Low-power Backscatter for Next Generation Sensors
Pengyu Zhang, Pan Hu, Vijay Pasikanti, Deepak Ganesan
Mobicom 2014
Best paper award runner up.

Enabling Bit-by-Bit Backscatter Communication in Severe Energy Harvesting Environments
Pengyu Zhang, Deepak Ganesan
NSDI 2014

QuarkOS: Pushing the operating limits of micro-powered sensors
Pengyu Zhang, Deepak Ganesan, Boyan Lu


TPC: Infocom 2018, MobiSys 2017, SenSys 2017 (external), WearSys 2017, WinTech 2017, Mobisys PhD Forum 2014, ACM S3 workshop 2015

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