Xiang-Yang LiDepartment of Computer Science
Science can reveal the unforeseen, but sometimes it aims to improve the basic components of our everyday lives. Associate Professor of Computer Science Xiang-Yang Li’s research interests focus on algorithm design and analysis for practical topics such as wireless and sensor networks, truthful computing, cryptography and network security, and computational geometry. “Wireless sensor networks build a digital connection between the physical world we live in and the digital world we rely on,” says Li. “Wireless ad hoc networks, such as mesh networks, provide everywhere always-on networking connections to everyone.”
Li is the director of the IIT Wireless Networking Laboratory (http://www.cs.iit.edu/~winet/), a member of the IIT Information Retrieval Laboratory (http://ir.iit.edu), and a visiting professor of the Microsoft Research Asia Lab. He has obtained funding from the theoretical computer science program at the National Science Foundation to support his research activities and has presented papers at top-ranked conferences such as the Association for Computing Machinery’s MobiCom. Li guides several graduate students each semester. Some of his past students have gone on to become faculty members and staff at academic institutions and organizations such as the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Washington State University at Vancouver, and Google.