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.
Xu Yuan, Postdoctoral Fellow
Xu Yuan is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the iQua research group at the University of Toronto. He got his Ph.D. degree from the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech and B.S. degree from the Department of Information Security at Nankai University, Tianjin, China.
His current research focuses on Cloud Computing. And previous work includes algorithm design and optimization for spectrum sharing, coexistence, and cognitive radio networks.
Xu enjoys traveling and jogging during his spare time. He also likes basketball and Taekwondo.
Jun Li, Ph.D. Candidate
Jun joined the iQua research group at the University of Toronto as a Ph.D candidate in September 2012. Before coming to Canada, he spent seven wonderful years at Fudan University, located in Shanghai, China, where he received his B.S. and M.S. degree both in Computer Science, in 2009 and 2012, respectively.
Jun is interested in coding theory and distributed storage systems. His current research focuses on how to store and repair data with less time, bandwidth and disk I/O consumption in large-scale distributed storage systems, by applying mathematical tools such as coding theory and graph theory.
Jun enjoys reading, traveling and jogging in his spare time. He is also a fan of motor sports, especially of Formula One.
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 first-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 first-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.
Yinan Liu, M.A.Sc. Candidate
Yinan is currently a second-year M.A.Sc. student in the iQua research group at the University of Toronto. She received her B.Engr. degree from the School of Telecommunications in Xidian University, Xi’an, China, in July 2014. Her general research interests cover inter-datacenter and software-defined networking, and she hopes to design something that can solve practical problems.
Yinan enjoys sports and reading books in her spare time. She also likes to hang out with friends to explore the world.
Siqi Ji, M.A.Sc. Candidate
Siqi is currently a first-year M.A.Sc. student in the iQua research group at the Department of Computer Engineering, University of Toronto. She received the B.Engr. degree from Electronic Engineering, Tsinghua University, China, 2015.
In her undergraduate years, Siqi showed excellent performance both in her major courses and research projects. Her undergraduate studies mainly focused on the field of Computer-aided Design in VLSI. In the summer of 2014, she received the opportunity to be a research assistant supervised by Prof. Xin Li in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, USA. Her research topic was “Effective method for Statistical Element Selection Optimization.” During her undergraduate life, she also took part in many social activities and showed her excellent leadership skills.
Siqi’s current research interests are in the area of Datacenter Networks. In her spare time, she enjoys playing badminton, travelling, and listening to music.