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As the director of LONGLAB (Laboratory Of Networking Group), Dr. Liang Cheng has been the Principal Investigator (PI) and a Co-PI of more than fifteen projects supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (PITA), Agere Systems, Inc., East Penn Manufacturing Co., Inc., PPL Corporation, and ABB, Inc.
Dr. Cheng's expertise areas are wireless ad hoc networks and system modeling and analytics. His research is geared toward making "Internet of Things" a reality (see his paper on networked appliances in 2000) for smarter cities, such as IoT middleware (an NSF project), sensor networks (NSF and PITA projects), smart building (a PITA project), smart grid (DOE and PITA projects), smart bridge (NSF and PITA projects), and smart subsurface (an NSF project). He has authored/co-authored more than 100 papers and technical reports, including a best paper, a best paper award nomination, and papers in premium conference/journals. Dr. Cheng has served as an external member on seventeen Ph.D. dissertation committees and supervised several visiting scholars and students. He has served as an expert reviewer for project/grant proposals/panels for programs in U.S. such as NSF, DOE, NIH (National Institute of Health), ACS (American Chemical Society), NRI (Nebraska Research Initiative), and GENI (Global Environment for Network Innovations), and in Europe such as The Knowledge Foundation and Austrian Science Fund.
Dr. Liang Cheng has advised six Ph.D. students to their graduation and supervised two postdocs since 2002. As a former awardee of Christian R. & Mary F. Lindback Foundation Minority Junior Faculty Award, Professor Cheng advocates inter-disciplinary research and integrating research results into undergraduate education. He has published papers on CSE educations. He has designed wireless sensing lab modules for Engineering 5: Introduction to Engineering Practice, a mandatory first-year practical engineering experience course at Lehigh University, and created a software-hardware co-design course on Network Systems Design at an advanced undergraduate level supported by the NSF and industry partner.
Dr. Liang Cheng was a Visiting Professor at TU Dortmund and University of Science and Technology of China during his sabbatical year and he also worked at Rutgers University and Duke University in his Ph.D. studies.
Best Service Award as the Local Chair of IEEE MASS 2014 (The 11th IEEE International Conference on Mobile Ad hoc and Sensor Systems)
Best Paper Award Nomination at The 28th International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS 2008 had a paper acceptance rate of 16%; our paper was the paper selected and nominated by the Network Architectures and Protocols track, a top 10% among papers accepted.)
Minority Junior Faculty Award with Career Enhancement Grant, Christian R. & Mary F. Lindback Foundation, 2004
One of the Best Papers of the 4th IEEE International Conference on ATM (ICATM 2001).
Principal Investigator, Performance Analysis of Substation Automation Systems for Smart Grids, supported by ABB, Inc. and Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development via Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance, 2014-2015
Principal Investigator, Data Mining And Disaggregation Utilizing "Green Button" Data For Consumer Energy-Use Response, supported by PPL Corp. and Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development via Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance, 2013-2014
Principal Investigator, Keystone Smart Grid Fellowship Program, supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), 2010-2014
Principal Investigator, An Integrated Environment-Independent Approach to Topology Control in Wireless Ad Hoc Networks, supported by National Science Foundation (NSF), 2009-2012
Co-Principal Investigator, A Wirelessly Preemptive Sensing System for Quasi-Realtime Earthquake Monitoring of Bridges, supported by National Science Foundation (NSF), 2009-2012
Co-Principal Investigator, Wireless Signal Networks for Subsurface Modeling and Geo-Event Characterization, supported by National Science Foundation (NSF), 2009-2011
Principal Investigator, Student Travel Support for IEEE INFOCOM 2009, supported by the National Science Foundation, 2009-2010
Principal Investigator, Network Management for Heterogeneous Networks, supported by Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development via Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance, 2008-2009
Principal Investigator, Middleware for Adaptive Robust Collaborations across Heterogeneous Environments and Systems(MARCHES), supported by National Science Foundation (NSF), 2005-2009
Principal Investigator, Embedded Systems and their Applications, supported by Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development via Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance, 2004-2007
Co-Principal Investigator, Enhanced Disruption/Fault Tolerant Bundle Delivery (EDIFY) System, supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), 2005-2006
Principal Investigator, Network Processing and Network Processors: Bridging Undergraduate Learning and Research in Software and Hardware, supported by National Science Foundation, 2003-2006
Principal Investigator, A Wireless Sensor Network for Earthquake Response Monitoring, supported by Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development via Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance, 2004-2005
Principal Investigator, Large Scale Wireless Sensor Networking for Public Safety Applications, supported by Christian R. & Mary F. Lindback Foundation, 2004
Principal Investigator, Routing and Switching in All-Fiber Networks, supported by Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development via Center for Optical Technologies, 2003-2004
Principal Investigator, Algorithms, Compliers, Architectures, and Tools for Network Processors, Digital Signal Processing, and Embedded Systems, supported by Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development via Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance, 2002-2004
Network Research Facilitation Project Award, Internet2, 2004
Donations from Agere Systems, Inc., 2002-2006
Donations from East Penn Manufacturing Co., Inc., 2008
Faculty Travel Grant, ACM SIGCOMM Education Workshop on Computer Networking: Curriculum Designs and Educational Challenges, August 20, 2002.
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CSE216: Software Engineering (Fall 2015, Spring 2015, 2014, 2013)
CREG/ECE 257+258: Senior Design (Fall 2015, Fall 2013 + Spring 2014; Spring 2013 + Fall 2012: a GreenSense project advised by me winning the Peers' Choice award)
CSE342: Introduction to Networking (Spring 2015)
CSE350/450/ECE350/450: Communications and Networking for Smart Grids (Fall 2013, Fall 2012, Fall 2010)
CSE262: Programming Languages (Spring 2011, Spring 2010, Spring 2009, Spring 2008, Spring 2007, Spring 2006, Spring 2005, Spring 2004)
CSE302: Compiler Design (Spring 2007)
CSE398: Network Programming (Spring 2003)
CSE/ECE404: Computer Networks (Fall 2010, Fall 2009, Fall 2008, Fall 2007, Fall 2006, Fall 2005, Fall 2004, Fall 2003, Fall 2002)
CSE498: Wireless Sensor Network Design (Spring 2006)
Current Ph.D. students/advisees: Huan Yang.
Current postdoc (visiting): Dr. Wei Liang.
Current Master's degree student(s)/advisee(s) whose thesis projects are under my supervision/advising: B. Bhagyavati, Jiajun Duan, Sean Lerch.
Graduated Master's degree students whose projects were under my supervision/advising:
Hua Lin (2003), Scott Weber (2003),
Tian Lin (2004), Wenbin Ma (2004),
Peter Chung (2006),
Avi Lessner (2011), Luis Rodriguez Ruiz (2011), Meredith Williams (2011),
Joshua Brown (2012), Just Kast (2012), Nathaniel Nichols (2012), Richard Rothman (2012), Joren Wendschuh (2012),
Xu Li (2013), Mike Lucini (2013), Kadeem Samuels (2013),
Cheryl Cossel (2014), Marc Gagne (2014), Elena Schanta (2014).
Graduated Ph.D. degree students:
Yuecheng Zhang (Ph.D. degree in Sept. 2006),
Dissertation: Studies on Reliable and Accurate Services for Event Sensing, Reporting, and Monitoring Applications,
Employed by CableVision when graduated;
Qiang Wang (Ph.D. degree in May 2007),
Dissertation: Middleware Support for Developing Adaptive Applications across Heterogeneous Environments and Systems,
Employed by Goldman Sachs when graduated and moved to AT&T Shannon Research Labs;
Qing Ye (Ph.D. degree in Jan. 2008),
Dissertation: Dynamic Multicast and Time Synchronization in Wide-area Sensor Networks,
Employed as a R&D Staff at Cash Cycle Solutions when graduated and moved to SAS Institute;
Shengpu Liu (Ph.D. degree in Jan. 2012),
Dissertation: A Context-aware Reflective Middleware Framework for Mobile Ad-hoc and Wireless Sensor Networks,
Employed by Epic Systems Corporation when graduated and moved to Microsoft;
Lisa Frye (Ph.D. degree in Jan. 2012),
Dissertation: Applications of Ontology in Hierarchical, Multi-tier Networks for Network Management,
Employed as an Associate Professor at Kutztown University when graduated.
Suk-Un Yoon (Ph.D. degree in Jan. 2013),
Dissertation: Wireless Signal Networks: A Proof of Concept for Subsurface Characterization and A System Design with Reconfigurable Radio,
Employed by Samsung when graduated.
Student awards: LONGLAB students were sponsored to attend various off-campus conferences, symposiums, and workshops.
Suk-Un Yoon is awarded a student travel grant (sponsored by NSF) to attend IEEE PerCom 2012.
Qing Ye won the 2nd Prize Award in the Student Paper/Poster Competition at the 2006 IEEE Sarnoff Symposium;
Yuecheng Zhang won the Student Poster Award at the Wireless and Optical Communications Conference 2005.
An External Member of Seventeen Ph.D. Dissertation Committees.
Postdoctoral Research Associate: Dr. Jun Peng (2005-2006), now an Associate Professor at The University of Texas, Pan American; Dr. Wei Liang (2015)
Visiting scholars: Profs. Hend Alqamzi (2014), Kaifeng Zhang (2013-2014), Xiaotong Zhang (2010-2011), Jianshuang Cui (2006-2007) and Shenfu Du (2005)
Visiting students: Jing Ma (2015), Yanhong Yang (2012-2013), Yuehua Wang (2011)
Member: IEEE, ACM, Phi Beta Delta (Honor Society for International Scholars)
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