I'm currently a fourth-year PhD candidate in Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science at Northwestern University. I'm co-advised by Professor Dongning Guo and Professor Michael L. Honig .

I received my B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Shanghai Jiaotong University (SJTU) in 2013. I was a member of the Teaching Reform Class at SJTU.


Northwestern University, Evanston, IL    Sep. 2013---Present
Ph.D. candidate in Electrical Engineering
Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, China    Sep. 2009---Jun. 2013
B.S. in Electrical Engineering


My research interests include a variety of topics from wireless communicatoin networks to resource allocation, network optimization, and game theory. Currently I'm working on the following research topics.

1. Allocation of licensed and unlicensed spectrum in large heterogeneous networks.

2. Sparse channel estimation in massive MIMO system.

3. Coexistence between LTE and WiFi in unlicensed spectrum.

4. Hybrid beamforming in millimeter wave networks.


Z. Zhou , D. Guo, "1000-cell global spectrum management", to appear in ACM MobiHoc 2017.
Z. Zhou , X. Chen, D. Guo, M. L. Honig, "Sparse channel estimation for massive MIMO with 1-bit feedback per dimension", IEEE WCNC 2017.
Z. Zhou , D. Guo, M. L. Honig, "Licensed and unlicensed spectrum allocation in heterogeneous networks", to appear in IEEE Transactions on Communication,, 2017.
Z. Zhou , H. Ge, J. Liu, W. Xiao, "Load-based resource allocation and interference coordination for multi-carrier dense networks", IEEE VTC, Montreal, Canada, 2016.
H. Ge, Z. Zhou , J. Liu, W. Xiao, "Spectrum allocation in cellular networks with wireless in-band backhaul", to appear in IEEE VTC, 2017.
Z. Zhou , D. Guo, M. L. Honig, "Allocation of licensed and unlicensed spectrum in heterogeneous networks", in Proc. IEEE Australian Communication Theory Workshop (AusCTW), Melbourne, VIC, Australia, 2016.
Z. Zhou , F. Teng, J. Liu, W. Xiao, "Performance evaluation for coexistence of LTE and WiFi", in Proc. IEEE International Conference on Computing, Networking and Communications (ICNC), Kauai, Hawaii, USA, 2016.
Z. Zhou , D. Guo, M. L. Honig, "A Message-Passing Approach to Combating Hidden Terminals in Wireless Networks", arXiv preprint, arXiv:1401.7374, 2014.
Z. Zhou , R. Du, C. Chen, B. Yang, X. Guan, "PackTrix: From data packing to reconstruction for a sensor network based structural health monitoring system," IEEE GLOBECOM, Atlanta, GA, USA, 2013.
R. Du, C. Chen, Z. Zhou , B. Yang, X. Guan, "L1/2-based iterative matrix completion for data transmission in lossy environment," IEEE INFOCOM, (Poster), pp. 2437-2438, Turin, Italy, 2013.


J. Liu, F. Teng, W. Xiao, Z. Zhou , "Device, Network, and Method for Communications with Carrier Sensing and Coexistence", US Patent application 62/063,290, 2014.
C. Chen, Z. Zhou , X. Guan, "Railroad bridge structure health monitoring system based on wireless sensor actuator network," Chinese Patent CN103198638 A, 2013.

Teaching Experiences

Spring 2015    Teaching Assistant    EECS 302 Probabilistic Systems and Random Signals  
Spring 2016    Teaching Assistant    EECS 333 Introduction to Communication Networks  

Industry Experiences

Summer Research Intern, Huawei Technologies, Rolling Meadows, IL.    Jun. 2015---Sep. 2015
Project: Carrier-level resource allocation and interference coordination for multi-carrier dense networks.
• Supervisors: Dr. Jialing Liu and Dr. Weimin Xiao
• Investigated and designed traffic-aware carrier-level resource allocation schemes for densely deployed heterogenous networks with/without wireless inband backhaul.
Summer Research Intern, Huawei Technologies , Rolling Meadows, IL.    Jun. 2014---Sep. 2014
Project: Coexistence between LTE and WiFi in unlicensed spectrum.
• Supervisors: Dr. Jialing Liu and Dr. Weimin Xiao
• Investigated coexistence between LTE andWiFi on unlicensed band, proposed coexistence schemes, built the simulation platform and simulated the performance of both systems under various node densities and traffic conditions..


Wildcats Team Member, DARPA Spectrum Challenge Competition.     Jan. 2014 - Mar. 2014
• Participated in developing radio protocols and strategies capable of communicating in the presence of other users and interfering signals.
• Collaborated with teammates on signal to noise ration (SNR) estimator design, implementation and measurement using software defined radio in the ORBIT test bed.
Advanced to the finals (top 15).


IEEE WCNC Best Paper Award   2017
Walter P. Murphy Fellowship   Northwestern University 2013
Professional Development Scholarship    Northwestern University    2013
Academic Excellence Scholarship of Shanghai Jiao Tong University    SJTU    2009, 2010