Current students:

PhD students:

  • Wang Tao, 2017–,

  • Xiaorui Wu, 2016–, on machine learning systems

  • Hangyu Li, 2016–, on data analytics systems (co-supervised with Sarana Nutanong)

  • Libin Liu, 2016–, on NFV, data analytics systems

  • Zhixiong Niu, 2015–, on NFV, data center transport

  • Che Zhang, 2014–, on SDN

  • Peng Wang, 2014–, on data center networking


  • Chengxi Gao, 2017.9–, on data center networking

Research assistants:


  • Nan You, Yuefeng Du


I have worked with these talented students/RA:

  • Pengfei Li, RA, 2017.5–2017.8.

  • Yongqiang Tian, undergraduate RA, 2016.1–2016.5. -> PhD student @ HKUST with the prestigious HKPFS.

  • Yan Xiao, RA, 2016.3–2016.8. -> PhD student @ CityU Hong Kong.

  • Hongyuan Liu, RA, 2016.3–2016.7. -> PhD student in U.S.

  • Qiong Wu, RA, 2016.1–2016.7. -> PhD student @ College of William and Mary.

  • Hangyu Li, RA, 2015.9–2016.5. -> my PhD student.

  • Libin Liu, RA, 2015.10–2016.4. -> my PhD student.

  • Xiaoshan Yu, RA, 2015.6–2015.11. -> Continuing PhD study @ Xidian University, China -> Assistant Professor @ Xidian University.

  • Jiaqi Zheng, RA, 2015.1–2015.6. -> Visiting PhD student @ Temple University -> Continue PhD study @ Nanjing University -> Assistant Professor @ Nanjing University.

  • Shuhao Liu, RA, 2013.12–2014.7. PhD student @ University of Toronto.

  • Peng Wang, RA, 2013.12–2014.9. Now my PhD student.

Advice: Mentality, mentality, mentality!

Many students have the question: what should I do to prepare for the graduate study? Usually students want a list of papers or books to read; they consider this the most essential part of preparation. I must say that I disagree. I believe mentality (initiative, attitude, etc.) is much more important than any technical skills, and the same is true for all fields beyond sciences and engineering. With the right mentality, everything follows.

The following article contains an excellent summary of advice for students (and even profs) to prepare their mentality for grad school. I just wish everyone could read it so that he/she doesn't have to learn the hard way.

Jason Hong. PhDs from the Faculty's Perspective, Blog@CACM, 2012.

If you think you have the mentality …

I am looking for graduate students and research assistants with strong interests and motivation to work on designing, building, and understanding networked systems, such as data centers. Students with hands-on systems building abilities (CS) and/or mathematical background (EE, math) are highly encouraged. Drop me an email if you are interested in working with me at CityU.

CityU CS is ranked highly according to QS. You can find more about our PhD program here, and Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme here.

Interesting links

Some blogs and websites related to Computer Science research that I browse from time to time:

Inspiring readings