Zhi (Gerry) Tian


Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

George Mason University


Office: Nguyen Engineering Building, #3243

Mail: 4400 University Drive, MS 1G5

   Fairfax, Virginia, 22030 USA

Tel: 1-703-993-5295

Fax: 1-703-993-1601

Email: ztian1 @ gmu . edu





I received the B.E. degree in Electrical Engineering/Control from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), Hefei, China, in 1994, and the M. S. and Ph.D. degrees from George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, in 1998 and 2000 respectively. From 1994 to 1995, I studied in the graduate program of the department of Automation at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. From 1995 to 2000, I was a graduate research assistant in the Center of Excellence in Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence (C3I) of George Mason University. From August 2000 to December 2014, I was on the faculty of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department of Michigan Technological University, where I was promoted to Full Professor in 2011. During my sabbatical year in AY2007, I was a visiting professor at several institutions including IMEC, Delft University of Technology, Georgia Tech and Colorado State University. From November 2011 to December 2014, I served as a Program Director in the Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS) at the National Science Foundation (NSF), through an IPA assignment with Michigan Tech. In January 2015, I joined the ECE Department of George Mason University, as a Professor.


My general interests are in the areas of signal processing, communications, detection and estimation. Specific areas of expertise have included ultra-wideband communications, MIMO systems, statistical sensor array processing, adaptive filtering, multi-target tracking, data fusion, Bayesian inference, and decision network theory and applications. Current research focuses on compressed sensing for random processes, statistical inference of network data, cognitive radios and millimeter-wave communications, and decentralized network optimization. I received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation in 2003.


I am an IEEE Fellow. I am Chair of the IEEE Signal Processing Society Big Data Special Interest Group (BigData SIG), and was a member of the IEEE Signal Processing for Communications and Networking Technical Committee (SPCOMTC). I was a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (VTS), from July 2013 to June 2017, and a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc), from January 2015 to December 2016. I served as Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (2002-2008) and IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing (2006-2009). I received the IEEE Communications Society TCCN Publication Award in 2018.


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