Columbia University

LinkedinIconTingjun Chen

Ph.D. Student
Electrical Engineering
Columbia University

Office: 801 CEPSR
Phone: 917-913-4849
Email: tingjun AT ee DOT columbia DOT edu

I am a Ph.D.student in Electrical Engineering Department at Columbia University, and I work at the Wim.Net Lab with Professor Gil Zussman. My research interests are in algorithms, optimization, MAC layer design, and system implementation in Internet-of-Things (IoT), energy harvesting networksfull-duplex networks, and 5G networks.

I graduated with a B.Eng. degree in Electronic Engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, in July 2014, and received an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, in Oct. 2015. I received the Wei Family Private Foundation (WFPF) fellowship and the Columbia University Electrical Engineering Armstrong Memorial Award. I also received the Best Paper Award from ACM CoNEXT 2016.

For more information regarding, please be directed to my resume (updated 05/25/2017).

Recent News

[05/22/2017]: I presented a poster on our full-duplex research within the FlexICoN project at the NIWeek 2017 Academic Forum in Austin, TX.

[05/18/2017]: I successfully defended by Ph.D. Thesis Proposal. My proposal committee consisted of Professors Gil Zussman, Harish Krishnaswamy, and Javad Ghaderi.

[05/03/2017]: I presented our full-duplex link demonstration using FDE-based RF self-interference cancellers at IEEE INFOCOM 2017 demo session at Atlanta, GA.

[04/06/2017]: Mahmood and I presented our QInF proposal and poster at the QInF Finalists Day at Qualcomm Research Center in San Diego, CA.

[03/19/2017]: I presented our invited paper on throughput maximization in ultra-low-power networks at the WCNC 2017 Workshop on Energy Harvesting and Remotely Powered Wireless Communication for the IoT in San Francisco, CA.

[03/10/2017]: I presented our work on full-duplex wireless at the WINLAB Workshop on Advanced Wireless Experimentation at Rutgers University, NJ.

[02/15/2017]: The team of Mahmood Baraani Dastjerdi (a Ph.D. student of Prof. Harish Krishnaswamy) and I was selected as one of the finalist teams for the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship 2017! We will be presenting our proposal on Full-Duplex MIMO Wireless: From IC Design to Networking at Qualcomm in San Diego, CA, this April.

Older News

[01/20/2017]: Our paper, titled “Integrated Full-Duplex Radios”, was invited and accepted to the IEEE Communications Magazine.

[01/17/2017]: I will serve as the TA for course “Computer Networks (CSEE W4119)” in Spring 2017.

[12/15/2016]: I presented our work on distributed broadcast throughput maximization among ultra-low-power tags at ACM CoNEXT 2016. The technical sessions are blogged on Layer 9. [Paper] [Slides]

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[11/17/2016]: Our paper received the Best Paper Award at ACM CoNEXT 2016! This paper, titled “Maximizing Broadcast Throughput Under Ultra-Low-Power Constraints”, is joint work with Professor Javad Ghaderi and Professor Dan Rubenstein. I also received a student travel grant to attend the conference in Irvine, CA. [CU EE news item]

[11/14/2016]: I presented our Panda demonstration at ACM SenSys 2016 demo session at Stanford University, CA.

[09/22/2016]: Together with Jin Zhou, we present our FlexICoN full-duplex demo at the NYC Media Lab’s Annual Summit 2016 and our demo won the Honorable Mention Award (selected from around 140 demos)! [Award list] [FlexICoN project]

[09/10/2016]: Our paper, titled “Maximizing Broadcast Throughput Under Ultra-Low-Power Constraints”, was accepted to ACM CoNEXT 2016 (17.6% acceptance rate)! [Paper] [TechReport]

[09/06/2016]: I serve as the TA for course “Mobile & Wireless Networking I (ELEN E6950)” in Fall 2016.

[08/29/2016]: I received a student travel grant to attend ACM MobiCom 2016 in New York City, NY, this October.

[08/05/2016]: Our paper, titled “Panda: Neighbor Discovery on a Power Harvesting Budget”, was accepted to IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (JSAC), Series on Green Communications and Networking! This is the extended journal version of our INFOCOM’16 paper appeared earlier this year. [Paper]

[08/03/2016]: We will have an invited workshop paper at ACM HotWireless 2016! This paper, titled “Full-Duplex Wireless: Algorithms and Rate Improvement Bounds for Integrated Circuit Implementations”, summarizes our recent work within the FlexICoN project. [Paper] [FlexICoN project]

[07/07/2016]: Together with Jelena Marasevic, we presented the Phase-I FlexICoN full-duplex demonstration at ACM MobiHoc 2016 demo session. I also received a student travel grant to attend the conference in Paderborn, Germany. [demo description]

[04/06/2016]: Together with Jelena Marasevic and Nicole Grimwood, we presented the FlexICoN full-duplex demonstration at the Columbia Data Science Day. [Columbia Engineering news]

[03/20/2016]: I server as a TPC member for ACM S3 2016 (to be held in conjunction with ACM MobiCom 2016).

[01/25/2016]: I server as the TA for course “Mobile & Wireless Networking II (ELEN E6951)” in Spring 2016.

[11/28/2015]: Our paper, titled “Panda: Neighbor discovery on a power harvesting budget”, was accepted to IEEE INFOCOM 2016 (18.3% acceptance rate)!

[10/21/2015]: I hold an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University.

[09/30/2015]: I received the Armstrong Memorial Award which is awarded to one outstanding candidate for the M.S. degree to honor the late Edwin Howard Armstrong in Electrical Engineering at Columbia University! [news item]

[04/07/2015]: Together with Robert Margolies, we presented the EnHANTs demonstration at the Columbia Data Science Institute Demo Session. [news item].

[01/20/2015]: I server as the TA for course “Wireless Communications (ELEN E4703)” in Spring 2015.

[01/16/2015]: I passed the Doctoral Qualifying Examination (DQE) in Electrical Engineering at Columbia University.

[12/16/2014]: Our paper, titled “Outage Minimization for a Fading Wireless Link with Energy Harvesting Transmitter and Receiver”, was accepted to IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (JSAC)! This is the journal version of the WiOpt’15 paper which came from my undergrad thesis.

[09/02/2014]: I joined Electrical Engineering Department at Columbia University as an M.S./Ph.D. student.

[03/01/2014]: I received the Wei Family Private Foundation Scholarship! This scholarship will help fund my graduate studies over the next couple of years and I will be joining WiMNet Lab as an M.S./Ph.D. student in Fall 2014. [CU EE news item]

Education

Columbia University, New York, NY

  • Ph.D. Candidate, Electrical Engineering, Cumulative GPA: 4.12/4.00, Sept. 2014 – Present
  • Advisor: Prof. Gil Zussman
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering (received Oct. 2015), Final GPA: 4.13/4.00
    Edwin Howard Armstrong Memorial Award

Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

  • B.Eng, Electronic Engineering, Major GPA: 88/100, Sept. 2010 – July 2014
  • Advisors: Prof. Zhisheng Niu and Prof. Sheng Zhou
  • Thesis: Power Control Policies for a Wireless Link with Energy Harvesting Transmitter and Receiver
    Tsinghua University Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Award

Honors and Awards

  • Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship Finalist, 2017
  • ACM CoNEXT Best Paper Award, 2016
  • Honorable Mention Award, demo at the NYC Media Lab’s Annual Summit, 2016
    Selected from about 140 demos presented
  • Edwin Howard Armstrong Memorial Award, Columbia University Electrical Engineering, 2015
    Awarded to one outstanding M.S. candidate, highest recognition awarded by the department to an M.S. student
  • Wei Family Private Foundation Scholarship, 2014 – 2017
    Three-year fellowship granted to students of Chinese heritage, only 3 fellowships were awarded in 2014 – 2017
  • Tsinghua University Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Award, 2014
  • Tsinghua Scholarship for Academic Advancement, 2013
  • Tsinghua Scholarship for Literature and Art Excellence, 2012

Publications

Conference Proceedings

  • Performance Evaluation of Energy-Constrained Broadcast (EconCast) in Wireless Networks
    T. Chen, J. Ghaderi, D. Rubenstein, and G. Zussman
    IEEE WCNC’17 Workshop on Energy Harvesting and Remotely Powered Wireless Communications for the IoT, Mar. 2017 (Invited Paper) [PDF]
  • Maximizing Broadcast Throughput Under Ultra-Low-Power Constraints
    T. Chen, J. Ghaderi, D. Rubenstein, and G. Zussman
    ACM CoNEXT’16, Dec. 2016 (acceptance rate: 17.6%) [PDF] [DOI] [Slides]
    Best Paper Award
  • Full-Duplex in a Hand-held Device – From Fundamental Physics to Complex Integrated Circuits, Systems and Networks: An Overview of the Columbia FlexICoN project
    H. Krishnaswamy, G. Zussman, J. Zhou, J. Marasevic, T. Dinc, N. Reiskarimian, and T. Chen
    Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers, Nov. 2016 (Invited Paper) [PDF] [DOI] [Slides]
  • Full-Duplex Wireless: Algorithms and Rate Improvement Bounds for Integrated Circuit Implementations
    J. Marasevic, T. Chen, J. Zhou, N. Reiskarimian, H. Krishnaswamy, and G. Zussman
    ACM HotWireless’16, Oct. 2016 (Invited Paper) [PDF] [DOI] [Slides]
  • Panda: Neighbor Discovery on a Power Harvesting Budget
    R. Margolies, G. Grebla, T. Chen, D. Rubenstein, and G. Zussman
    IEEE INFOCOM’16, Apr. 2016 (acceptance rate: 18.3%) [PDF] [DOI] [Slides]
  • Power Control Policies for a Wireless Link with Energy Harvesting Transmitter and Receiver
    T. Chen
    , S.Zhou, W. Chen, and Z. Niu
    IEEE WiOpt’14, May 2014 (acceptance rate: 28.7%) [PDF] [DOI]

Journal Publications

  • Maximizing Broadcast Throughput Under Ultra-Low-Power Constraints
    T. Chen, J. Ghaderi, D. Rubenstein, and G. Zussman
    Submitted, 2017
  • Integrated Full-Duplex Radios
    J. Zhou, N. Reiskarimian, J. Marasevic, T. Dinc, T. Chen, G. Zussman, and H. Krishnaswamy
    IEEE Communications, vol. 55, no. 4, pp. 142-151, Apr. 2017 (Invited Paper) [PDF] [DOI]
  • Panda: Neighbor Discovery on a Power Harvesting Budget
    R. Margolies, G. Grebla, T. Chen, D. Rubenstein, and G. Zussman
    IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, Series on Green Communications and Networking, vol. 34, no. 12, pp. 3606-3619, Dec. 2016 [PDF] [DOI] [Slides]
  • Outage Minimization for a Fading Wireless Link with Energy Harvesting Transmitter and Receiver
    S. Zhou, T. Chen, W. Chen, and Z. Niu
    IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, Special Issue on Wireless Communications Powered by Energy Harvesting and Wireless Energy Transfer, vol. 33, no. 3, pp: 496-511, Mar. 2015 [PDF] [DOI]

Demonstrations

  • Demo Abstract: Full-Duplex with a Compact Frequency Domain Equalization-based RF Canceller
    T. Chen, J. Zhou, M. Baraani Dastjerdi, J. Diakonikolas, H. Krishnaswamy, and G. Zussman
    in Proc. IEEE INFOCOM’17, Atlanta, GA, May 2017 [PDF]
  • Full-Duplex Wireless: A Two-Way Road to 5G
    T. Chen, J. Zhou, M. Baraani Dastjerdi, N. Reiskarimian, J. Diakonikolas, S. Alfano, H. Krishnaswamy, and G. Zussman
    presented at Columbia Data Science Day, Columbia University, New York, NY, Apr. 2017
  • Demo Abstract: Power-Aware Neighbor Discovery for Energy Harvesting Things
    T. Chen, G. Chen, S. Jain, R. Margolies, G. Grebla, D. Rubenstein, and G. Zussman
    in Proc. ACM SenSys’16, Stanford, CA, Nov. 2016 [PDF] [DOI] [Poster]
  • Double-Talk: Full-Duplex Wireless for Next-Generation Communications
    T. Chen, J. Zhou, J. Marasevic, H. Krishnaswamy, and G. Zussman
    presented at NYC Media Lab’s Annual Summit’16, Columbia University, New York, NY, Sept. 2016
    Honorable Mention Award
  • Demo: Full-duplex Wireless based on a Small-Form-Factor Analog Self-Interference Canceller
    T. Chen
    , J. Zhou, N. Grimwood, R. Fogel, J. Marasevic, H. Krishnaswamy, and G. Zussman
    in Proc. ACM MobiHoc’16, Paderborn, Germany, July 2016 [PDF] [DOI]
  • A Self-Interference-Cancelling Full-Duplex Enabling Next-Generation Wireless Communications
    T. Chen, R. Fogel, N. Grimwood, J. Marasevic, J. Zhou, H. Krishnaswamy, and G. Zussman
    presented at Columbia Data Science Day, Columbia University, New York, NY, Apr. 2016

Technical Reports

  • Maximizing Broadcast Throughput Under Ultra-Low-Power Constraints
    T. Chen, J. Ghaderi, D. Rubenstein, and G. Zussman
    arXiv: 1610.04203v2 [cs.NI], Apr. 2017 [arXiv]
  • Panda: Neighbor Discovery on a Power Harvesting Budget
    R. Margolies, G. Grebla, T. Chen, D. Rubenstein, and G. Zussman
    arXiv: 1601.06474 [cs.NI], Jan. 2016 [arXiv]
  • Outage Minimization for a Fading Wireless Link with Energy Harvesting Transmitter and Receiver
    S. Zhou, T. Chen, W. Chen, and Z. Niu
    arXiv: 1503.04255 [cs.IT], Mar. 2015 [arXiv]

Patents

  • Systems and Methods for Throughput Enhancement Among Ultra-Low power Wireless Network Devices
    D. Rubenstein, G. Zussman, J. Ghaderi, R. Margolies, T. Chen, and G. Grebla
    U.S. Patent application No. 15/211,740, July 2016
  • Systems and Methods for Asynchronous Discovery and Throughput Maximization Among Ultra-Low Power Wireless Networked Devices
    D. Rubenstein, G. Zussman, J. Ghaderi, and T. Chen
    U.S. Provisional Patent No. 62/288,330, filed Jan. 2016
  • Systems and Methods for Asynchronous Discovery Among Ultra-Low Power Wireless Devices
    D. Rubenstein, G. Zussman, R. Margolies, T. Chen, and G. Grebla
    U.S. Provisional Patent No. 62/217,624 , filed Sept. 2015
  • Systems and Methods for Asynchronous Discovery Among Ultra-Low Power Wireless Devices
    D. Rubenstein, G. Zussman, R. Margolies, T. Chen, and G. Grebla
    U.S. Provisional Patent No. 61/193,501, filed July 2015

Talks, Seminars, and Additional Presentations

  • “Full-Duplex Wireless: A Two-Way Road to 5G”, NIWeek Academic Forum, Austin, TX, May 2017 (poster)
  • “Performance Evaluation of Energy-Constrained Broadcast (EconCast) in Wireless Networks”, IEEE WCNC Workshop on Energy Harvesting and Remotely Powered Wireless Communications for the IoT, San Francisco, CA, Mar. 2017 (Invited Paper)
  • “Full‐Duplex Wireless: Algorithms, Rate Improvement Bounds, and System Implementations”, WINLAB Seminar, Rutgers University, North Brunswick, NJ, Mar. 2017 (Invited Talk)
  • “Maximizing Broadcast Throughput Under Ultra-Low-Power Constraints”, ACM CoNEXT, Irvine, CA, Dec. 2016
  • “Power Control Policies for a Wireless Link with Energy Harvesting Transmitter and Receiver”, IEEE WiOpt, Hammamet, Tunisia, May 2014

Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant

  • Computer Networks (CSEE W4119), Spring 2017
  • Wireless & Mobile Networking I (ELEN E6950), Fall 2016
  • Wireless & Mobile Networking I (ELEN E6950, Columbia Video Network), Fall 2016
  • Wireless & Mobile Networking II (ELEN E6951), Spring 2016
  • Wireless Communications (ELEN E4703), Spring 2015
  • Wireless Communications (ELEN E4703, Columbia Video Network), Spring 2015

Professional Activities

  • Student Member, ACM SIGMOBILE and IEEE
  • Technical Program Committee: ACM S3 2016 (in conjunction with ACM MobiCom 2016)
  • Journal Review: IEEE Communications Magazine 2017, IEEE Communications Letters 2017, IEEE Microwave Magazine 2017, ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems (TECS) 2016, ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks (TOSN) 2015
  • Conference Review: ACM MobiCom 2016, ACM MobiHoc 2015, 2016, 2017, ACM SIGMETRICS 2015, 2016, 2017, IFIP WD 2016, IEEE ICC 2015, 2016
  • Volunteer: ACM MobiCom 2016, ACM MobiHoc 2015 TPC Meeting, IEEE ICCC 2012
  • Outreach: High school outreach at the Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics (Oct. 2015) [CIAN blog post]

Miscellaneous

  • An IEEE Spectrum article about our research on full-duplex wireless.
  • An Columbia Electrical Engineering article about our Best Paper Award at the ACM CoNEXT’16.
  • An Columbia Electrical Engineering article about me being awarded the Wei Family Private Foundation scholarship.
  • I have served as an Columbia EE Ambassador in 2016 and 2017.
  • Two projects that I am highly involved in: FlexICoN and EnHANTs.

Courses

  • Discrete Optimization (IEOR E8100, Spring 2017)
  • Convex Optimization (EEOR E6616, Spring 2016)
  • Learning and Optimization for Sequential Decision Making (IEOR E8100, Spring 2016)
  • Graph Models: Inference and Optimization (IEOR E8100, Fall 2015)
  • Topics in Computer Science: Networked Tags (COMS E6998, Fall 2015)
  • Optimization II (IEOR E6614, Spring 2015)
  • Analysis of Algorithm II (COMS 6232E, Spring 2015)
  • Network Dynamics & Algorithms (ELEN E6909, Spring 2015)
  • Intro to Deterministic Models (IEOR E4004, Fall 2014)
  • Analysis of Algorithms I (CSOR W4231, Fall 2014)
  • Computer Communication Networks (ELEN E6761, Fall 2014)
  • Wireless and Mobile Networking I (ELEN E6950, Fall 2014)