Zhizhen Zhong

Postdoc Researcher
Email:  zhizhenz [at] mit (dot) edu

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Research Topics: Reconfigurable Networks | Optical Networks | Machine Learning Systems

Short Bio

I am a postdoctoral researcher at MIT CSAIL with Prof. Manya Ghobadi. I study in the intersection of networked systems and applied optics/optoelectronics for next-generation intelligent backbone networks and high-performance computing infrastructures.

Before joining MIT, I was a visiting researcher at Facebook with Dr. Ying Zhang. I received my Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering from Tsinghua University in July 2019, advised by Prof. Yanhe Li and Prof. Xiaoping Zheng. My Ph.D. thesis is on "Traffic-Driven Self-Adaptive Optical Networking" that aims at reconfiguring optical layer for optimizing upper-layer network performance. I was a visiting Ph.D student at the University of California Davis, advised by Prof. Biswanath Mukherjee and Prof. Massimo Tornatore. I received my Bachelor's Degree of Engineering and secondary Bachelor's Degree of Economics from Tsinghua University in 2014 and 2016, respectively.

My awards include the Zijing-Scholar Fellowship from Tsinghua University in 2019, the 1st Place Best Poster Award (1 out of 600+ posters) on IEEE CLEO-PR/OECC/PGC conference from IEEE Photonics Society in 2017, the Tang Lixin Scholarship from Tsinghua University in 2016.

Selected Talks

  • ARROW: Restoration-Aware Traffic Engineering
  •      August 2021, ACM SIGCOMM 2021, online | Website | Video
  • ARROW and BOW: Bayesian Optimization for Reconfigurable Wide-Area Networks
  •      June 2021, MIT and University of Washington Workshop on AI Implementations and Applications, online | Website | Video
  • Leveraging Optical Noise for Fast Fiber Cut Recovery
  •      August 2020, ACM SIGCOMM 2020 Workshop on Optical Systems Design (OptSys 2020), online | Website
  • The Impact of Social Distancing on Facebook's Optical Backbone
  •      August 2020, ACM SIGCOMM 2020 Workshop on Optical Systems Design (OptSys 2020), online | Website
  • Traffic-Driven Self-Ddaptive Optical Networking
  •      October 2019, Special Seminar, China Telecom Beijing Research Institute, Beijing, China
         May 2019, Ph.D. Defense, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
  • Req2Route: learning to route for inter-domain lightpath provisioning
  •      March 2019, Post-OFC Workshop, University of California Davis, Davis, CA, USA | Website | Slides
         October 2018, AUA Postgraduate Forum, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China | Slides
  • Exploiting physical-layer flexibility for demand-responsive networks
  •      March 2019, Special Seminar, Nokia Bell Labs (Crawford Hill), Holmdel, NJ, USA | Slides
         April 2018, Special Seminar, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA | Slides
         March 2018, Post-OFC Workshop, University of California Davis, Davis, CA, USA | Website | Slides


    Xiaoping Zheng, Zhizhen Zhong, Nan Hua, Wangyang Liu, Yanhe Li
    Chinese Patent CN104869021B | ZL201510268538.5 | priority date: May 22, 2015 | publication date: February 09, 2018.
    Xiaoping Zheng, Yongtai Jin, Nan Hua, Zhizhen Zhong, Haijiao Liu
    Chinese Patent CN105530158B | ZL201510944226.1 | priority date: December 16, 2015 | publication date: March 05, 2019.
    Qinghai Ou, Hong Chen, Zhu Liu, Lingkang Zeng, Wenjing Li, Xiao Liao, Zhe Zhang, Huadong Yu, Lu Shu, Zhizhen Zhong, Nan Hua, Xiaoping Zheng, Ping Jia, Haiyang Wu, Yang Zhao
    Chinese Patent Application CN107241660A | priority date: June 26, 2017.

    Professional Services

  • Conferences
  •      Program Committee, ACM SIGCOMM 2021 Workshop on Optical Systems (OptSys’2021)
         Artifact Evaluation Committee, ACM SIGCOMM 2021
         Technical Program Committee, WCSP 2019
  • Journals
  •      Reviewer, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking
         Reviewer, IEEE Communications Magazine
         Reviewer, IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology
         Reviewer, IEEE/OSA Journal of Optical Communications and Networking
         Reviewer, IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management
         Reviewer, IEEE Access
         Reviewer, ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review (SIGCOMM CCR)
         Reviewer, Photonic Network Communications
         Reviewer, Optical Switching and Networking

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    Last updated: July, 2021.