Full-time Faculty Members

Chenren Xu

Assistant Professor
Center for Energy-efficient Computing and Applications (CECA)
School of EECS, Peking University
Office: 515S Science Building #5, Peking University, 5 Yiheyuan Road, Beijing, China, 100871
Phone: +86-10-6276-0130
Email: chenren.xu [at] gmail.com


06/2017: Visible Light Backscatter work is accepted to ACM MobiCom'17!

04/2017: SOAR is looking for self-motivated regular/summer undergrad intern to join!

02/2017: Postdoc and PhD/MS positions are available at SOAR!

08/2016: Check out our Software-hardware Orchestrated ARchitecture (SOAR) group website for more information!

11/2015: Co-chairing IoT-App'15 Workshop at ACM SenSys'15 in Seoul on Nov. 1st.   


Short Bio 

Prof. Chenren Xu is a principal investigator in the Department of Computer Science and School of EECS at Peking University (PKU) since 2015. He received the B.E. in Automation from Shanghai University (SHU) in 2008, the M.S. in Applied Mathematical Statistics and the Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from WINLAB, Rutgers University in 2014. From 2014 to 2015, he was a postdoctoral research fellow in Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). He is also affiliated with Center for Energy-efficient Computing and Applications (CECA) at PKU and Joint Research Institute (JRI) in Science and Engineering by PKU and UCLA


Research Interests 

High Mobility Data Networking for Vehicular Networks

Radio/Optical Backscatter Communication for IoT/M2M Applications

Affective Computing for Health Monitoring and Human Computer Interaction


PostDoc, Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, 2015

Ph.D., Computer Engineering, Rutgers University, 2014

M.S., Applied and Mathematical Statistics, Rutgers University, 2014

B.E., Automation, Shanghai University, 2008


Rutgers ECE Graduate Program Academic Achievement Award, 2015

Samsung Best Paper Award, Gold Medal, 2014

ACM UbiComp Best Paper Nominee, 2014

ACM SenSys Best Poster Award, 2011

Shanghai Distinguished College Graduate, 2008

National Undergraduate Electronic Design Contest Shanghai Divison, First Prize, 2007


Journal Papers 

[TMC'16] The case for Efficient and Robust RF-based Device-free Localization

Chenren Xu, Bernhard Firner, Yanyong Zhang, Richard Howard


[TMC'16] What Am I Looking At? Low-Power Radio-Optical Beacons for In-View Recognition Using Smart Glasses

Ashwin Ashok, Chenren Xu, Tam Vu, Marco Gruteser, Richard Howard, Yanyong Zhang, Narayan Mandayam, Wenjia Yuan, Kristin Dana


Selected Conference Papers 

[MobiCom'17] VLBC: Enabling Practical Visible Light Backscatter Communication System for IoT Applications

Xieyang Xu, Yang Shen, Junrui Yang, Chenren Xu, Guobin Shen, Guojun Chen, Yunzhe Ni


[UbiComp'16] WiDir: Walking Direction Estimation Using Wireless Signals

Dan Wu, Daqing Zhang, Chenren Xu, Yasha Wang, Hao Wang.


[PerCom'16] Whose Moving is it Anyway? Authenticating Smart Wearable Devices Using Unique Head Movement Patterns

Sugang Li, Ashwin Ashok, Yanyong Zhang, Chenren Xu, Janne Lindqvist, Marco Gruteser


[HotNets'15] Handling a trillion (unfixable) flaws on a billion devices: Rethinking network security for the Internet-of-Things

Tianlong Yu, Vyas Sekar, Srinivasan Seshan, Yuvraj Agarwal, Chenren Xu


Please refer to SOAR group website. for complete list.


Selected Recent Service  

TPC: IPSN'17, MM'17, CarSys'17, GLOBECOM'17, WearSys'17

         SECON'16, WearSys'16

         MobiSys'15 (light), BuildSys'15, VLCS'15

OC: Poster/Demo Chair of HotMobile'17, Publicity Chair of IPSN'15


Membership: ACM, IEEE, CCF