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Wei Li, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Department

Electrical Engineering

Education

  • Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering, University of Victoria (2004)
  • M.E. in electrical and computer engineering, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (1998)
  • B.E. in electrical and computer engineering, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (1995)

Research Interests

  • Wireless networks and security, smart grids, vehicular networks and body area networks
  • Wearble devices, Internet of Things
  • Machine learning, artificial intelligence and Big Data analytics

Selected Projects

  • “Machine learning for data analysis in vehicular wireless networks,” University of Victoria/BUPT
  • “Low complexity machine learning algorithm for artificial visualization,” Shenzhen Innovation Fund
  • “Smart grid architecture and demand-side management,” BUPT Open Research Fund
  • “Sensor network architecture and protocols, localization algorithms,” Victoria University of Wellington New Researcher Fund
  • “Dynamic spectrum management for heterogeneous network,” New Zealand Build IT Fund
  • “Radio irregularity analysis in wireless sensor networks,” Victoria University of Wellington Research Fund
  • “UWB communication: system, standard and application,” France Telecom/University of Victoria
  • “Cognitive wireless network architecture and algorithm,” Telus Mobility/University of Victoria

Patents Issued

  • “Self-organized scope limited network element clustering management,” J. Wei and Wei Li. US 61/030.671 filed on 22.02.2008, WO 1132009/051318 filed on 18.02.2009, published under W'02009104171 on 27.08.2009.
  • “Synchronous data encryption and authorization management based on iterative knights tours,” M. Thaker and Wei Li. US 11/746,107 filed on 09.072007 published under US20080279367 on 13.11.2008, WO 1132008/053463 filed on 06.05.2008 published under W02008139434 on 20.11.2008.
  • “Network profile and usage temporal web indexer,” R. Bajaj and Wei Li. US 60/992,796 filed on 06.12.2007, WO1132008/055666 filed on 03.12.2008 published under W02009072095 on 11.06.2009.
  • “Adaptive error protection algorithm tor cross layer design video streaming over fading channels,” Wei Li and J. Benko, US 61/018,361 filed on 31.122007, WO 1132008/055674 filed on 15.122008 published under W02009/087546 on 16.07.2009.

Professional Affiliations

  • Senior Member, IEEE, IEEE Communication Society
  • Editor, China Communications; Symposium chair. IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC ‘18)

Selected Journal Publications

  • H. Cheng, Y. Zhang, W. Li, X. Tao and P. Zhang, "ConFi: Convolutional Neural Networks Based Indoor Wi-Fi Localization Using Channel State Information," IEEE ACCESS, Sept. 2017.
  • Z.Y. Feng, L. Ji, Q. Zhang and W. Li, "A supply-demand approach for traffic-oriented wireless resource virtualization with testbed analysis," IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, June 2017.
  • Z.Y. Feng, X. Li, Q. Zhang and W. Li, "Proactive radio resource optimization with margin prediction: A data mining approach," IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, May. 2017.
  • Z. Feng, Z.Y. Feng, W. Li and T.A. Gulliver, "An optimal service strategy for grouped machine-type communications in cellular networks," IEEE Communications Letters, vol. 21, issue 1, pp: 140-143, Jan. 2017. 
  • Q. Zhang, B. Fu, Z. Feng and W. Li, "Utility maximized two-level game-theoretic approach for bandwidth allocation in HetNets," IEEE Trans. on Vehicular Technology, vol. 66, issue 1, pp. 844-854, Jan. 2017. 
  • Z. Feng, Q. Chen, Z. Feng, Z. Wei, W. Li, and P. Zhang, "An effective approach to 5G: wireless network virtualization," IEEE Communications Magazine, vol. 53, issue 12, pp. 53-59, December 2015. 
  • Z. Wei, Z. Feng, Q. Zhang, and W. Li, "Three regions for space–time spectrum sensing and access in cognitive Radio Networks," IEEE Trans. on Vehicular Technology, vol. 64, issue 6, pp. 2448-2462, 2015.
  • Q. Zhang, Z. Feng and W. Li, "Coverage self-optimization for randomly deployed femtocell networks," Wireless Personal Communications, vol. 82, pp. 2481-2504, 2015. 
  • Y. Zhang, C. Guo and W. Li, "Cooperative interference game in cognitive radio hidden terminal scenario," China Communications, vol. 12, pp. 128-135, 2015. 
  • Z. Feng, Q. Li, W. Li, T.A. Gulliver and P. Zhang, "Priority-based dynamic spectrum management in a smart grid network environment," IEEE J. on Selected Areas in Commun., vol. 33, Issue 5, pp. 933-945, Oct. 2014. 
  • Q. Li, Z. Feng, W. Li, and T. A. Gulliver, "A new multicast scheduling scheme for cellular networks," IEEE Wireless Communications Letters, vol. 3, pp. 26-29, 2014. 
  • Q. Li, Z. Feng, W. Li, T. A. Gulliver, and P. Zhang, "Joint spatial and temporal spectrum sharing for demand response management in cognitive radio enabled smart grid," IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, vol. 5, pp. 1993-2001, 2014. 
  • Z. Wei, Z. Feng, Q. Zhang, W. Li, and T. A. Gulliver, "The asymptotic throughput and connectivity of cognitive radio networks with directional transmission," Journal of Communications and Networks, vol. 16, pp. 227-237, 2014. 
  • Q. Zhu, L. Yang and W. Li, "Simple and Robust RSSI Estimation Using M-Estimator", Advanced Materials Research, vol. 756-759, pp. 3946-3951, Sept. 2013. 
  • L. Fan, X. Li, X. Lei, W. Li and F. Gao, "On the distribution of SαS noise and its application in performance analysis for linear rake receivers," IEEE Communication Letters, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 186-189, Feb. 2012. 
  • B. Rong, R. Hu, W. Li and Y. Qian, "Traffic-aware downlink power allocation in multiuser OFDM system," International Journal of Communication Systems, vol. 24, no. 9, pp. 1136-1149, Sept. 2011. 
  • Z. Feng, L. Tan, W. Li and T.A. Gulliver, "A practical heterogeneous network optimization algorithm based on reinforcement learning," International Journal of Computer Networks and Distributed Systems, vol. 6, no. 4, pp. 357-372, June 2011. 
  • Z. Feng, W. Li, Q. Li, V. Le and T.A. Gulliver, "Dynamic spectrum management for WCDMA/DVB heterogeneous systems," IEEE Trans. on Wireless Communications, vol. 10, no. 5, pp. 1582 – 1593, May 2011. 
  • L. Fan, X. Lei and W. Li, "Exact closed-form expression for Ergodic capacity of amplify-and-forward relaying in channel-noise-assisted cooperative networks with relay selection," IEEE Communication Letters, vol. 15, no. 3, pp. 332-333, Mar. 2011. 
  • X. Qiu, H. Liu, D. Ghosal, B. Mukherjee, J. Benko, W. Li and R. Bajaj, "Enhancing the performance of video streaming in wireless mesh networks," Wireless Personal Communications, Special issue on: Adaptive Communication in Wireless Networks, vol. 56, Issue 3, pp. 535-557, Apr. 2011. 

Selected Conference Papers

  • C. Shan, Le Yang, L. Yang, X. Li and W. Li, “TDOA-FDOA source geolocation using moving horizon estimation with satellite location errors,” Proc. of IEEE Pacific Rim Conference on Communications, Computers and Signal Processing (PacRim), Victoria, British Columbia, Aug. 2017. 
  • "LC-KDE: A novel scheme for Wi-Fi localization," H. Chen, Y. Zhang and W. Li, International Symposium on Wireless Personal Multimedia Communications (WPMC), 2016. 
  • "A virtual resource allocation model for multimedia service based on SMDP in 5G network," H. Liang, L. Zheng, W. Li and Q. Cheng, Proc. IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference, Sept. 2016. 
  • "A faster RCNN-based pedestrian detection system," X. Zhao, W. Li, Y. Zhang and Z. Feng, Proc. IEEE 84th Vehicular Technology Conference, Sept. 2016. 
  • "A novel q-weighed sequential cooperative energy detection method for spectrum sensing," S. Liu, S. Huang, W. Li, and Z. Feng, Proc. IEEE 841k Vehicular Technologv Conference, Sept. 2016. 
  • "Non-cooperative Wi-Fi localization via monitoring probe request frames," H. Chen. Y. Zhang and W. Li, Proc. IEEE 84th Vehicular Technologv Conference, Sept. 2016. 
  • "Fault detection in power system using the Hilbert-Huang Transform," A. Manglik, W. Li and S. Ahamd, Proc. IEEE Canadian Coq/ on Electrical and Computer Engineering, 1-4, May 2016. 
  • "Throughput scaling laws of hybrid wireless networks with proximity preference," X. Yuan, Z. Wei, Z. Feng, Q. Zhang and W. Li, Proc. IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC), 
  • "Feature based modulation classification using multiple cumulates and antenna array," S. Huang, Z. Feng, Y. Zhang, K. Zhang and W. Li, Proc. IEEE Wireless Communication and Networking Conference (WCNC), 
  • "Optimal base station density in ultra-densification heterogeneous network," J. Feng, Z. Feng, Z. Wei, W. Li, and S. Roy, Proc. IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC), 1452—1457. 2015. 
  • "Downlink and uplink splitting user association in two-tier heterogeneous cellular networks," Z. Feng, Z. Feng, W. Li, and W. Chen, Proc. IEEE Global Telecommunication Conference, 4659-4664. 2014. 
  • "Throughput scaling laws of cognitive radio networks with directional transmission," Z. Wei, Z. Feng, Q. Zhang, W. Li, and T. A. Gulliver, Proc. IEEE Global Telecommunication Conference, 872-877. 2013. 
  • "Cooperative communications and mesh networks for the smart grid data backhaul," H. Shi, F. Ning, W. Li, and T. A. Gulliver, Proc. IEEE PACRIM, pp. 313-317, 2013. 
  • "Power quality signal analysis for smart grid using Hilbert-Huang transform," Z. Cai. F. Ning, W. Li, and T. A. Gulliver, Proc. IEEE PACRIM, pp. 296-301. 2013. 
  • "Adaptive channel allocation for wireless multimedia services using a Semi-Markov Decision Process," H. Liang, J. Zhang, W. Li, and T. A. Gulliver, Proc. IEEE PACRIM, pp. 352-356, 2013. 
  • "Improving wireless sensor network coverage using the VF-BBO algorithm," M. Song, L. Yang, W. Li, and T. A. Gulliver, Proc. IEEE PACRIM, pp. 318-321, 2013. 
  • "Dynamic spectrum management in a smart grid heterogeneous network environment," Q. Li, W. Li, T.A. Gulliver and Z. Feng, Proc. IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) 2013, June 2013. 
  • "The asymptotic connectivity of random cognitive radio networks," Z. Wei, J. Liu, Z. Feng, W. Li and T.A. Gulliver, Proc. IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC) 2013, 2013. 
  • "On the construction of radio environment maps for cognitive radio networks," Z. Wei, Q. Zhang, Z. Feng, W. Li and T.A. Gulliver, Proc. IEEE Wireless Communication and Networking Conference (WCNC), 2013. 
  • "Joint temporal and spatial spectrum sharing in cognitive radio networks: A region-based approach with cooperative spectrum sensing," Q. Li, Z. Feng, W. Li and T.A. Gulliver, IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC), Apr. 2013. 
  • "Simple and robust RSSI estimation using M-estimator," Q. Zhu, L. Yang and W. Li, Proc. The 2nd International Symposium on Wireless Pervasive Computing, 3946-3951, 2013. 
  • "Three regions for space-time spectrum sensing and access in cognitive radio networks," Z. Wei, Z. Feng, Q. Zhang and W. Li, Proc. IEEE Global Telecommunication Conference, 1301-1306, Dec. 2012. 
  • "On the downlink time, frequency and power coordination in an LTE relay network," R. Hu, Y. Qian and W. Li, Proc. IEEE Global Telecommunication Conference. pp. 1-6. Dec. 2011. 
  • "Joint access and power control in cognitive femtocell networks," Q. Li, Z. Feng, W. Li and P. Zhang, Proc. IEEE International Conference on Wireless Communication and Signal Processing (WCSP). 1-5, Nov. 2011. 
  • "Exploiting radio irregularity in the internet of things for automated people counting," W. Lin, W. Seah and W. Li, Proc. IEEE Personal Indoor and Mobile Radio Communication, pp. 1015-1019, Sept. 2011. 
  • "Denoising and signal detection for pulse position modulation 60GHz impulse radio based on sparse representation," H. Zhang, C. Wu, W. Li and T.A. Gulliver, Proc. IEEE Pacific Rim Conference on Communication, Computers and Signal Processing 509-514, Aug. 2011. 
  • "A survey on home telemedicine," K. F. Li and W. Li, Proc. International Conference on Broadband and Wireless Computing Communication and Applications, pp. 472-477, May 2011. 
  • "Cognitive real time optimization tor green energy harvesting," W. Lin, W. Li, W. Seah and C.A. Gulliver, Proc. IEEE Pacific Rim Conference on Communication, Computers and Signal Processing, 155-159. Aug. 2011. 
  • "Dynamic preamble scheduling and detection for cooperative relay networks," W. Chen. X Weng, L. Yang, W. Li and T.A. Gulliver. Proc. IEEE Pacific Rim Conference on Communication, Computers and Signal Processing, pp. 131-134. Aug. 2011. 
  • "Performance of OFDM at 340MHz with AGC," W. Chen, J. Song, D. Chen, W. Li and T.A. Gulliver, Proc. IEEE Pacific Rim Conference on Communication, Computers and Signal Processing. pp. 422-425, Aug. 2011. 
  • "Fitting noisy data to a circle: A simple iterative approach," W. Li, J. Zhong, T. A. Gulliver. B. Rong, R. I-lu and Y. Qian. Proc. IEEE International Conference on Communications. 1-5, Jun. 2011. 
  • "Graph coloring based spectrum allocation for femtocell downlink interference mitigation," L. Tan, Z. Feng, W. Li, Z. Jing, and T. A. Gulliver, IEEE Wireless Communication and Networking Conference (WCNC), pp. 1248-1252.2011. 
  • "Markov-based dynamic spectrum access scheme with primary user's QoS guarantee," Y. Yao, Z. Feng and W. Li, Proc. IEEE Global Telecommunication Conference, 1-5, Dec. 2010. 
  • "Cognitive multicast pilot scheduling for heterogeneous networks," Z Feng, J. Thong, Wei Li, and T.A. Gulliver, Proc. IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference. pp. 1-5, Sept. 2010. 
  • "Mode transfer architecture and cross layer design for connection aware applications in wireless communication systems," W. Li, J. Zhong and T. A. Gulliver, Proc. IEEE Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering, 1-5. May 2010. 
  • "Dynamic spectrum management for a WCDMA and DVB heterogeneous system," W. Li, Z. Feng, Q. Li, V. Le and T. A. Gulliver, Proc. IEEE Wireless Communication and Networking Conference, pp. 1-6. Apr. 2010.

International Standard Authorship 

IEEE Standard for Information technology - Telecommunications and information exchange between systems - Local and metropolitan area networks - Specific requirements. Part 15.3: Wireless Medium Access Control (MAC) and Physical Layer (PH Y) Specifications for High Rate Wireless Personal Area Networks Amendment 2: Millimeter-wave-based Alternative Physical Layer Extension. Oct. 2009. E-ISBN: 978-0-7381-6050-4.

Work Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering, Northern Illinois University (2017 to present)
  • Adjunct Professor, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China (2011-2017)
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Victoria, Canada (2005-2017)
  • Senior Specialist in Power Transmission and Distribution, AMEC Ltd. (2014-2017)
  • Senior Lecturer, School of Engineering and Computer Science, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (2010-2011)
  • Senior Specialist, Telus Mobility (2008-2009, 2011-2014)

Wei Li

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weili@niu.edu

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