College of Natural and Computational Sciences

Yi Zhu, Ph.D.


Education Ph. D. in Computer Science
University of Texas at Dallas, TX, USA August 2006—May 2011
Dissertation Title: Multimedia Content Delivery through Multicast-capable Broadband Networks
Award: Graduate Student Scholarship
Master in Computer Science
University of Texas at Dallas, TX, USA August 2006—August 2009
Award: Graduate Student Scholarship
Master in Communication and Information Systems
Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, China September 2003—March 2006
Award: National Excellent Student (3 out of 100,000)
Bachelor in Electronic Information Engineering (Honor Class)
Bachelor in Applied Mathematics
Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, China September 1999—July 2003
Award: National Excellent Student

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Past Experience

Associate Professor of Computer Science, Hawaii Pacific University August 2016 — Present
Honolulu, HI

Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Hawaii Pacific University  August 2011 — August 2016
Honolulu, HI

  • Taught Discrete Mathematics, Algorithms, and Data Structure.
  • Participated in course assessment

Research/Teaching Assistant, University of Texas at Dallas  August 2006 — June 2011
Richardson, TX

  • Developed approximation algorithm to maximize the reliability in optical networks to support scientific computing and distributed applications
  • Developed and implemented new multimedia delivery methods to utilize the underlying hardware-enabled high-speed, low-latency optical channels
  • Defined the aggregation problem in the IP over WDM networks for IPTV program transmission in order to match the bandwidth of IP flows to the optical transponders
  • Optimized the optical channel usage through aggregation methods 
  • Developed the algorithm for hierarchical multimedia file delivery
  • Graded homework assignments, graded projects, and met students
  • Teaching assistant of the following courses: network performance (graduate), fundamental of programming using JAVA (undergraduate), algorithm and data structure in JAVA (undergraduate), and discrete mathematics (undergraduate) 
  • Gave lectures on selected topics, e.g. network performance, optical network, and etc

Researcher (Intern) Fujitsu Laboratories of America, INC.  June 2008—August 2008
Richardson, TX

  • Designed and implemented efficient heuristics for SONET/SDH and future photonic networks in the NetSmart planning software
  • Defined the constrained routing problem in mesh optical networks based on the physical and logical requirement
  • Improved the algorithm for the real world IPTV transmission system in the optical network to provide the protection for the delivery
  • Tested the probability for finding several node-disjoint paths (Network Protection) for a set of requests with different source-destination pair in the mesh network

Research Assistant Shanghai Jiaotong University  September 2003—July 2006
Shanghai, China

  • Solved specific problems such as traffic grooming, network protection and restoration, and routing and wavelength assignment
  • Wrote proposal and funded from National Science Foundation of China (NSFC)
  • Developed and implemented overlay flow aggregation model, which had already been used in Shanghai Gu Bei area (around 100,000 customers)
  • Presented papers at IEEE GLOBECOM conference

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Professional Activities and Honors

TCP member of IEEE ISIEA 2012
Member of IEEE, IEEE COMSOC, and ACM
Member of IEEE Optical Networking Technical Committee (ONTC)
Awarded NSF travel grant of IEEE GLOBECOM 2007
Presented papers in conferences including IEEE GLOBECOM, ICC, and OFC
Reviewed papers for journals and conferences including IEEE Transactions on Networking (TON), IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials, IEEE/OSA Journal of Optical Communications and Networking, IEEE INFOCOM, IEEE GLOBECOM, IEEE ICC.
Wrote proposals for funding from National Science Foundation (NSF), USA, and National Science Foundation of China (NSFC)

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Faculty Development Policies and Activities Committee (FDPAC)

CNCS College Curriculum Committee (CC)

TPC member of IEEE ISIEA 2012, ICNC 2014 and 2015

Local Arrangement Chair of ICNC 2014

Session Chair of ICNC 2013

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“Reliable Multicast with Weighted SRLGs in Optical Networks” at University of Hawaii at Manoa, invited by Dr. Galen H. Sasaki, April 2014.

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PI:  Reliable and Survivable Resource Allocation for Optically Connected Distributed Clouds, Fujitsu Laboratories of America, $12,000/year.

PI:  ROM: Reliable Optical Multicast in WDM Networks, HPU TSEP, $2,700.

PI:  PA-ROM: Physical-layer Aware Reliable Optical Multicast, HPU TSEP, $2,700.

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