People


We come from around the world and join the group at different times. Yet all of us are excited to work on systems and algorithms that are intensely challenging and breathtakingly beautiful.

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Zhiming Hu, Postdoctoral Fellow

Since December 2016, Zhiming Hu has been a Postdoctoral Fellow in the iQua research group. He received his B.E. degree from the Department of Computer Science, Zhejiang University in 2011, and his Doctoral degree from the Department of Computer Science, Nanyang Technological University in 2016. Before he joined the University of Toronto, he was a research scientist in the Institute of High Performance Computing, A*STAR, Singapore.

His research interests are broadly in computer networking and distributed systems. He is a big fan of open source distributed systems like Hadoop and Spark. He has been working on Hadoop since 2009. Before he started his PhD study, he worked as a full-time software engineer in Alibaba.com for half an year.

In his spare time, Zhiming likes watching movies and American TV series.

Li Chen, Ph.D. Candidate

Li is currently a second-year Ph.D. candidate in the iQua research group at the University of Toronto. She received her B.Engr. degree from the Department of Computer Science and Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, in July 2012, and her M.A.Sc. degree from the University of Toronto, under the supervision of Baochun.

During her undergraduate years, Li achieved excellent academic performance, especially in courses of mathematics and major fundamentals, ranking the top 3% among four hundred students. In the summer of 2011, she received an opportunity to take an internship at Baidu, Inc. in Beijing, the largest search engine provider in China. In her final year, she joined the research group of “Cloud Datacenter & Green Computing/Communications” in her university, actively involved in the thesis project of analyzing the tradeoff between power and performance in datacenter networks. She also took some volunteer work such as organizing scientific lectures.

In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, singing and traveling, to explore and appreciate the beauty of life.

Shuhao Liu, Ph.D. Candidate

Shuhao has been a Ph.D. candidate in the iQua research group since Fall 2014. He received his B.S. degree from Department of Automation, Tsinghua University in 2012. Then he joined National University of Defence Technology, Changsha, where he received a M.Sc. degree in 2014. During that time, he visited the City University of Hong Kong for five months, working as a research assistant.

His research topic includes datacenter networking, software-defined networking and big data analytics. He loves to learn all kind of new technologies, and he always dreams to develop one than can change the world. Being a little bit geeky, he finds coding very interesting. His favourite editor is Vim.

Shuhao has a colourful after-work life. He plays basketball a lot. Movies and photography are also his favourites.

Liyao Xiang, Ph.D. Candidate

Liyao is currently a second-year Ph.D. candidate in the iQua research group. She received her B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in July 2012, and M.A.Sc. degree in Electrical Computer Engineering at University of Toronto, under the supervision of Baochun.

Her major research interest is on mobile cloud computing, designing and implementing algorithms on optimizing mobile application performance with privacy concerns. In her M.A.Sc. studies, she focused on energy-efficient mobile offloading techniques; and her most recent project is on developing a crowdsensing indoor localization framework based on Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE).

She enjoys playing piano in her leisure time. Folk songs are her favourite.

Wanyu Lin, Ph.D. Candidate

Wanyu is a third-year Ph.D candidate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto. She received her B.Engr. degree in 2012 from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China and her M.Phil. degree in 2015 from the Department of Computing, Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Wanyu enjoys reading, singing and jogging in her leisure time. She loves to explore new places and enjoys the natural beauties in the form of daily jogging. She have successfully completed her first 10K run in 2013 and her first half-marathon in the 2014 Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon.

Hao Wang, Ph.D. Candidate

Hao is a third-year Ph.D. candidate in the iQua group. He received both of his B.E. and M.E. degrees from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, in 2012 and 2015 respectively. During his Master’s studies, he worked as a research assistant in the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology for 14 months.

Hao’s research interests include datacenter networking, distributed computing and software defined networking. He is very fond of elegant and practical solutions targeting real-world problems, and he enjoys working with his favorite MacBook tremendously. He co-founded a start-up with friends, and worked as an intern at both Intel and Microsoft. Over time, pursuing a Ph.D. degree and thinking independently became more attractive to him.

In his spare time, Hao likes doodling with his iPad and playing badminton. Inspired by Baochun, he runs regularly with a goal of finishing a full marathon during his Ph.D. studies.

Yifan Gong, M.A.Sc. Candidate

Yifan is currently a first-year M.A.Sc. student in the iQua research group at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto. Before joining the iQua research group, she spent four wonderful years in Xidian University, where she received her B.Engr. degree (with honor) in Telecommunications Engineering in July 2017.

During her undergraduate years, she maintained excellent academic performance, ranking first in the Education Experimental Class. She also joined the National Key Laboratory of Integrated Services Network in Xidian University since her junior year and participated in research work about Optical Network on Chip.

In her spare time, Yifan loves to have a chat with friends over a cup of milk tea. She also enjoys collecting beautiful things, drawing pictures and listening to music.

Chen Ying, M.A.Sc. Candidate

Chen is currently a first-year M.A.Sc. student in the iQua research group at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto. She received her B.Engr. degree from School of Computer Science, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China, 2017.

In her undergraduate years, Chen achieved excellent academic performance, ranking top 1% among four hundred students. In the summer of 2016, she took an internship at the University of Toronto, receiving an opportunity to build robots that can track and monitor signs of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. That was when she fell in love with the city and the university, and made up her mind to continue her graduate studies here.

She enjoys travelling and photography in her leisure time.