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George Mason University

Zhi Tian

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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  • 703-993-5295 (office)
  • Nguyen Engineering Building, 3243
    4400 University Drive, MS 1G5
    Fairfax, VA 22030

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Zhi Tian is a recognized expert in the fields of statistical signal processing, wireless communications, and wireless sensor networks. Specific areas of expertise have included detection and estimation theory, compressed sensing, statistical inference of network data, cognitive radio networks, wideband communications, MIMO systems, array processing, adaptive filtering, multi-target tracking, data fusion, Bayesian inference, and decision network theory and applications. She has published more than 160 journal and conference papers in these areas. Her most recent research work on compressive covariance sensing lends to an interesting new angle for big data analytics in terms of feature extraction from high-dimensional stochastic processes.

Dr. Tian is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest technical professional organization for the advancement of technology. She has been actively involved with various IEEE activities in both the Signal Processing and Communications Societies. She served as an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer for both the IEEE Communications Society and the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, and delivered technical tutorials on topics related to cognitive radios and compressed sensing in several international conferences. She has played leadership roles as Conference and Symposium Chair, and served as Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications and IEEE Transaction on Signal Processing.

Tian joined Mason after spending 14 years on the faculty of the Electrical and Computer Engineering department of Michigan Technological University, during which she also served as Program Director for the Communications, Circuits and Sensing Systems program in the Division of Electrical Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS) at the National Science Foundation.


PhD, Electrical Engineering, George Mason University (2000)

MS, Systems Engineering, George Mason University (2000)

BS, Automatic Control, University of Science and Technology of China (1994)

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Faculty Rank: Professor


Research Interests

Statistical Signal Processing, Communications, Detection, Estimation and Tracking