Alumnus Tingjun Chen (MS'15, PhD'20) Receives the ACM SIGMOBILE Dissertation Award Runner-up

June 25, 2021

Columbia Electrical Engineering alumnus Tingjun Chen (MS'15, PhD'20) received the ACM SIGMOBILE Doctoral Dissertation Award Runner-up, for his PhD thesis titled “Algorithms and Experimentation for Future Wireless Networks: From Internet-of-Things to Full-Duplex”. Chen completed his MS/PhD in the Wireless & Mobile Networking (WiMNet) Lab, where he was advised by Professor Gil Zussman. This award recognizes his “contributions to ultra-low-power wireless networks based on energy harvesting, and to the theory and practice of full-duplex wireless networks”. The SIGMOBILE committee also highlighted “the depth and rigor of theoretical and experimental investigations reported in the dissertation, and with their real-world validation in the COSMOS open-access testbed”.

Over his six years at Columbia, Chen was the leading student of and made significant contributions to the interdisciplinary FlexICoN and EnHANTs projects. He has also been playing a key role in the design and deployment of the NSF PAWR COSMOS testbed – an open-access outdoor laboratory currently being deployed in West Harlem, NYC, which will allow researchers to test entirely new classes of wireless technologies and applications in a real dense urban setting. While studying towards the PhD, Chen received the Facebook Fellowship, the Wei Family Private Foundation (WFPF) Fellowship, and the Columbia University Electrical Engineering Armstrong Memorial Award and Jacob Millman Award. Early this year, he also received the Columbia Engineering Morton B. Friedman Memorial Prize for Excellence and the Columbia University Eli Jury Award.

Chen featured in the Columbia Engineering Student Spotlight highlighting parts of the COSMOS pilot deployment process

"The recognition is very well deserved because of Tingjun’s fundamental research results on emerging core wireless technologies (full-duplex, beamforming, millimeter-wave), along with demonstrated key contributions to major integrative wireless system projects such as the COSMOS testbed currently being deployed in NYC,” said Rutgers Distinguished Professor & WINLAB Director Dipankar Raychaudhuri, who is the PI of the COSMOS project.

After graduation, Chen was a postdoctoral associate at Yale University during 2020-2021. He is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University, where he continues to explore and push the frontiers of next-generation wireless networks. He is also a recent recipient of the 2021 Google Research Scholar Award and the 2021 IBM Faculty Award.