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Distinguished Lecturer - Zuqing Zhu

Zuqing Zhu

Prof. Zuqing Zhu (M’01, SM’12) received his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Davis, in 2007. From 2007 to 2011, he worked in the Service Provider Technology Group of Cisco Systems, San Jose, California, as a Senior Engineer. In January 2011, he joined the University of Science and Technology of China, where he currently is a Full Professor. His current research interests are on optical networks, software/knowledge-defined networking (SDN/KDN), network function virtualization (NFV) and datacenter networks. He has published more than 210 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. He is a Series Editor of the Optical Communications Series in IEEE Communications Magazine, and is an Editorial Board Member of IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management, Journal of Optical Switching and Networking (Elsevier), Photonic Network Communications Journal (Springer), Telecommunication Systems Journal (Springer), and others. He has received the Best Paper Awards from IEEE ICC 2013, IEEE GLOBECOM 2013, ICNC 2014, and IEEE ICC 2015. He currently is the Secretary of the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Technical Committee on Optical Networking (ONTC), and is an IEEE ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer (2018-2019). He is a Senior Member of Optical Society of America (OSA). Further information on his projects, publications, research group and professional activities can be found at

  • Network function virtualization (NFV) in optical networks;
  • Network softwarization in 5G;
  • Software-defined networking (SDN) with Protocol Oblivious Forwarding (POF);
  • Service provisioning in elastic optical networks (EONs);
  • Knowledge-defined multilayer optical networks.
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Term effective through 31 December 2019