Ph.D. positions in wireless sensor networks

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To Prospective Students:

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Wayne State University (a Research-I university, the highest rating issued by the Carnegie Foundation), USA. I am looking for talented students to join my research program, and I am writing to announce the Ph.D. positions currently available in my research group.

Our research focuses on foundational and systems issues in designing dependable services for dynamic and large scale systems (such as wireless sensor networks and the Internet). Examples of our work include application-adaptive messaging, reliable and real-time communication, and scalable dependability for wireless sensor networks. Presently, we are especially interested in the modeling and algorithmic issues in building dependable sensornet systems. Our work has provided dependable messaging services for several large scale sensor networks (including the one where more than 1,400 sensor nodes were deployed, the largest sensor network ever deployed so far), as a part of our effort in building the foundations and services for dependable sensornets. For more information about our research, please visit my webpage at

By focusing on high-quality research, and by collaborating with other research groups in academia (e.g., The Ohio State University) and industry labs (e.g., Motorola Labs), my research program provides students with access to world-class facilities, real-world experience, and ample opportunities of contributing to the research community.
Students in my research group will be supported financially in various forms, such as Fellowship, Graduate Research Assistantship, and Graduate Teaching Assistantship. Being in a strong department at an urban research university, you will also have a great life experience on campus here at the cultural center of Detroit, Michigan. (On a related note, The Scientist has recently ranked WSU as one of the best academic institutions to work in USA.)

As a part of my research effort, I am currently looking for talented students to join my research program as Ph.D. students. If you plan to apply for a Ph.D. position in my group, I will expect you to have strong academic background, to be self-motivated and goal-oriented, and to take initiative in executing research plans. Experience in systems building and mathematical modeling, experience in original research, and/or a Master degree in related fields (e.g., Computer Science, Computer
Engineering)  are big pluses.

If you are interested in working with me as a Ph.D. student to conduct high-quality research, please feel free to contact me and share with me your background, career plan, and expectations for Ph.D. study. I will call or email you if there is a good match between us.

Thanks and best wishes.

Hongwei Zhang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
Wayne State University, USA
Tel: +1 313 577 0731
E-mail: hzhang (at)

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