Zhi Ding

Zhi Ding


(530) 752-4625


  • PhD. Department of Electrical Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA, 1990
  • MASc. Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, 1987
  • B. Eng. Department of Wireless Engineering, Nanjing Institute of Technology, Nanjing, China, 1982

Professional Experience

  • Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, 2000 to Present
  • Departmental Vice Chair and Chair of ECE Graduate Program, Department of Electrical and Computer
  • Engineering, University of California, Davis, 2003-2006
  • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Iowa, 1999-2000
  • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Auburn University, AL . 1990-1998
  • Changjiang Visiting Chair Professor, Southeast University, China, 2007-2010
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong SAR, China, 1996-1997 Visiting/Honary Appointment
  • Faculty of Information Technology and Engineering, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, 1991 and 1993. Visiting/Honary Appointment
  • US Air Force Wright Laboratory, Eglin AFB, Florida, USA, 1993. Visiting/Honary Appointment
  • NASA Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, 1992. Visiting/Honary Appointment


Communications and Signal Processing (or Information Systems)

Research Interests

Digital Wireless Communications; Cross-Layer Wireless Network Design and Optimization; Statistical Signal Processing Methods; Digital and Array Signal Processing, Cyclostationary and Higher Order Statistics, Adaptive Signal Processing, System Identification and Spectrum Estimation.

Research Activities

Professor Ding currently focuses on research works to develop novel wireless digital communication system design and implementations for high speed broadband networks. One of the major emphasis involves the design and analysis of broadband MIMO wireless transceiver optimization and integration that transcend different network layers. His group has developed new methods for hybrid ARQ equalization and decoding. Another key aspect of his research tackles the design and implementation of cognitive radio networks in order to efficiently utilize unused spectral bands opportunistically. Professor Ding is also applying his expertise in channel equalization and estimation in wireless LAN and WiMAX applications. Professor Ding also has significant research interest in signal and array processing, utilizing tools such as wavelets, higher order statistics, cyclostationary statistics. One of his current focus is to develop efficient and robust means for radio source and senor localization.

Selected Publications

Zhihua Shi, Haitong Sun, Chunming Zhao, and Z. Ding, ``Linear precoder optimization for ARQ packet retransmissions in centralized multiuser MIMO uplinks'' , IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, vol. 7, no. 2, February 2008, page(s): 736-745. [Link]

H. Sun and Z. Ding, Iterative Transceiver Design for MIMO ARQ Retransmissions With Decision Feedback Detection" IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, vol. 55, pp. 3405-3416, July 2007. [Link]

J. Roberson, X. Dong, and Z. Ding, ``Channel Estimation and Equalization Techniques in Downsampled ARQ Systems'', IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, Volume 55, Issue 5, Page(s):2251 - 2262, May 2007. [Link]

N. Ammar and Z. Ding, ``Blind Channel Identifiability for Generic Linear Space-Time Block Codes'', IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, Volume 55, Issue 1, Jan. 2007, Page(s):202 - 217. [Link]

H. Sun, J. Manton, and Z. Ding, ``Progressive Linear Precoder Optimization for MIMO Packet Retransmissions Exploiting Channel Covariance Information', IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, Vol. 24, no.3, pp. 448-456, March 2006. [Link]

H. Samra and Z. Ding, ``Retransmission Diversity Schemes for Multicarrier Modulations'' , IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications. Vol. 5, no. 5, pp. 1142-1147, May 2006. [Link]