US Patent Issued

January, 2016: US Patent Number 9,232,475 B2, "Wireless Sensor Network Wake-Up Range Extension Via Energy Harvesting and Edge Devices," by W. Heinzelman, H. Ba and L. Chen has issued.

2015 Graduations

May, 2015: Congratulations to Dr. Na Yang, Dr. He Ba and Dr. Li Chen on their commencement this past weekend!

Outstanding Dissertation Award

May, 2015: Dr. Li Chen's doctoral thesis was selected to receive commendation in the Outstanding Dissertation Award Competition in Engineering.


April, 2015: Welcome to Nadir Adam and Utku Demir as new PhD students that will be joining the lab in the fall!

2015 Graduations

April, 2015: Congratulations to Dr. He Ba, Dr. Na Yang and Dr. Li Chen for successfully defending their PhD dissertations!

Outstanding TA Awards

October, 2014: Congratulations to Hoda and Colin on winning Outstanding TA certificates! Our congratulations also extend to Hoda for winning the grand prize!

Best Poster Award

August, 2014: Congratulations to Na Yang on receiving the Best Poster Award for her poster "Emotion Intelligence: Software Listens in" on the 4th Networking Networking Women (N^2 Women) Workshop at SIGCOMM, Chicago, IL.

GEMCloud on D&C

July, 2014: Democrat and Chronicle posts an article about our GEMCloud project: "UR tests app for donating excess space on cellphones". Professor Wendi Heinzelman had an interview with the local NPR (WXXI) talking about GEMCloud project. The story can be found here.


June, 2014: WCNG welcomes our new summer students: Abner Aquino, Lucian Copeland, Shurouq Hijazi, and Kenneth Imade.

2014 Internships

Several students in the WCNG are off on internship experiences. Li Chen will be spending the summer at GE Global Research. He Ba will be off to the Bay Area to work at Assia for the summer.

2014 Graduations

May, 2014: Congratulations to Dr. Bora Karaoglu and Dr. Surjya Ray on their commencement this past weekend!

Rochester Section IEEE Scholarship Award

Mar, 2014: Congratulations to Jeremy Warner on being selected as a recipient of one of two IEEE Scholarships at the Rochester IEEE Section!


July, 2013: Welcome to Cristiano as a new post-doc in the lab, Colin and Hoda as new PhD students in the lab, and Carmen as a new Master's student in the lab!

2013 Graduations

Congratulations to Dr. Feng and Dr. Ray, both successfully defended their PhD dissertations this Spring and Summer!

Best Paper Award at ICC

June, 2013: Congratulations, Li, Ba and Steve for winning one of the Best Paper Awards at ICC!

Award for Outstanding Contribution to the University of Rochester Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences New York State Economic Impact for 2010-2011

Nov 18, 2011: At the 2011 CEIS annual meeting, the Wireless Communications and Networking Group was presented with an award for "Outstanding Contribution to the University of Rochester Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences New York State Economic Impact for 2010-2011." This award was presented based on the economic impact derived from the WCNG research with Harris Corporation. WCNG has been partnering with Harris Corporation for over 8 years to develop new protocols and algorithms to support real-time voice and video communication over mobile ad hoc networks. Congratulations to Dr. Bulent Tavli, Dr. Tolga Numanoglu, Bora Karaoglu and Surjya Ray, who have all worked on this research over the years.

Graduation of Tianqi Wang

Sept 9, 2011: Congratulations to Dr. Wang, who successfully passed his PhD defense!
Dr. Wang received his B.Eng. degree in Communications Engineering from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications in 2004, and M.Eng. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2007 and from the University of Rochester in 2010, respectively. His research interests lie in the area of wireless communications and wireless networking, including cross layer design of energy efficient wireless sensor networks, stochastic modeling, and information theory.

Dr. Wang is currently a Senior System Engineer at Qualcomm Atheros Division in San Jose, CA .

2011 Internships

2011 was a good year for internship here at WCNG. Tianqi kicked off the year with a spring internship at UCB Pharma where he worked on interdisciplinary research in the field of bioinformatics, communication theory and information theory.

Surjya and Na interned at Toyota ITC and Microsoft Research, respectively over the summer. Surjya worked on Reliability of in-vehicle Wireless Sensor Network communications developing a framework for the next gen intra-vehicular sensor network systems with 802.15.4 and ethernet. Na worked on Designed and implemented a mobile emotion sensor on Windows Phone 7 called ’listen-n-feel’, which predicts emotion based on speech.

Bora ended the year with his research (confidential!) on GPRS systems at GE.

Graduation of Ou Yang

Aug 3, 2011: Congratulations to Dr. Yang, who successfully defended her PhD thesis!
Dr. Yang received her Bachelor of Science from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications in 1999. She attended the Electronics Engineering Department at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China from 2003 to 2006 and graduated with a Master of Science degree in Electronics Engineering in 2006. She began graduate studies at the University of Rochester in 2006 and received the Master of Science degree from the University of Rochester in 2008. She worked with Aspera, Inc. during the summer 2010.

Dr. Yang is currently a Senior Systems Engineer at Assia, Inc. in Redwood City, CA

How do Toddlers Deal with Stress? New Wireless Research by
Professor Wendi Heinzelman

Wendi Heinzelman and Melissa Sturge-Apple
A new wireless system developed by University researchers is offering an unprecedented look at how toddlers deal with stressful situations.

Called WiPsy (Wireless Technology for Psychological Research), the technology is the result of collaboration by the University’s Mt. Hope Family Center and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering through an effort called Project Connect.

“The WiPsy system is going to give us a very sophisticated and unobtrusive way to assess a child’s reactions with computerized physiological and behavioral data,” says Melissa Sturge-Apple, a research associate at the Mt. Hope Family Center.