Desheng Zhang

Assistant Professor
Computer Science, Rutgers
Office: CoRE Building 307
Phone: (848) 445-8307
desheng AT

Visiting Professor
Media Lab, MIT
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Curriculum Vitae

RA Positions Available

There are several graduate RA positions available in my group starting 2022 Fall. If you are interested in Data Science, Cyber-Physical Systems, or Internet of Things, please send me your CV (for existing RU students) or mention my name in the cover letter of your application (for prospective students).

Sabbatical at MIT

Starting September 2020, I have been taking my sabbatical at MIT Media Lab working with Prof. Alex 'Sandy' Pentland and his group for the Connection Science program. Please contact me at desheng at for the MIT related project.

Short Biography

Desheng is an assistant professor of Computer Science at Rutgers University and a Visiting Professor at MIT. Previously, Desheng was offered the Senseable City Consortium Postdoctoral Fellowship from MIT, and awarded his Ph.D in Computer Science from University of Minnesota.

Desheng is interested in bridging Cyber Physical Systems, Cyber Human Systems, and Data Science in Extreme-Scale Data-Intensive Urban Infrastructure from an Interdisciplinary perspective with extensive applications from transportation, to communication, and sharing economy. He is focused on the life cycle of data-driven systems, from mobile sensing, to cross-domain data fusion and prediction, decision making, visual data analytics, system optimization and deployment. He strategically positions his research on Real-Time Interactions of Cross-Domain Urban Platforms and their human users, i.e., on-demand delivery (e.g., UberEat, Doordash, Instacart) transportation (e.g., taxis, buses, trucks, subways, bikes, personal & electric vehicles), telecommunication (e.g., cellphones), payment (e.g., smartcards), social networks (e.g., check-in and app logs). He has been investigating platforms across 8 cities on 3 continents with 100 thousand app users, 500 thousand vehicles, 10 million phones, 16 million smartcards, and 100 million residents involved.

His technical contributions have led to more than 100 papers in premium CS venues, e.g., IMWUT/UbiComp, MobiCom, SIGCOMM, KDD, SenSys, NSDI, ICDE, SIGSPATIAL, IPSN, ICCPS, BigData, RTSS, ICDCS. Desheng has been honored with 8 best paper/thesis/poster awards.

During his free time, Desheng likes to travel. Here is a road map about cities he has been visited so far in US.

During his free time, Desheng also likes to read non-fiction books. Here is a List of Six Recommended Books for 2020.

Research Group

At Rutgers Computer Science, Desheng is leading a research group called ARSENAL (shorted for AlgoRithms, SystEms, Networking, datA Lab) with 10 Ph.D. working on different subareas of CPS, Data Science, Ubiquitous and Mobile Sensing, HCI, Applied Machine Learning.

News and Events

09.21: RTSS Outstanding Paper Award.

07.21: NSF CAREER Award.

07.21: My Ph.D Student Guang Wang will join MIT as a PostDoc in 2021 Fall!

06.21: My Ph.D Student Yu Yang will join Lehigh University as an Assistant Professor of CS in 2021 Fall!

06.21: Invited Talk at CPS PI Meeting.

05.21: ACM ICCPS'21 Best Paper Award.

05.21: 2 Papers in SIGKDD'21.

04.21: ICCPS'21 Best Paper Nomination.

04.21: 1 Paper in SIGCOMM'21.

03.21: Serving as ICPADS TPC Co Chair.

02.21: Serving on SenSys TPC.

01.21: Publication Chair for UbiComp'21.

01.21: 1 Paper in ICCPS'21.

12.20: Associate Editor for ACM TOSN.

11.20: Our Smart City Project Featured in Rutgers Today.

10.20: 5 Papers accepted by UbiComp'21.

09.20: Starting my Sabbatical at MIT.

09.20: 1 Paper accepted by ICDE' 21.

07.20: NSF SCC Track1 Award (Lead PI).

07.20: NSF SCC Track2 Award (Co-PI).

07.20: 1 Paper accepted by NSDI' 21.

07.20: NSF CDS&E Award (Lead PI).

06.20: Google COVID-19 Grant (Lead PI)

06.20: 1 Paper accepted by MobiCom'20.

07.20: 1 Paper accepted by IROS'20.

04.20: Keynote at a WWW'20 workshop.

04.20: 5 Papers accepted by UbiComp'20.

02.20: Serving on SenSys TPC.

01.20: 1 Paper accepted by WWW'20.

12.20: Associate Editor for ACM IMWUT.

07.19: NSF CPS Award (Lead PI).

07.19: 5 Paper accepted by UbiComp'19.

04.19: NSF S&AS Award (Lead PI).

04.19: 1 Paper accepted by ICDCS'19.

01.19: 1 Paper accepted by WWW'19.

10.18: 2 Papers accepted by MobiCom'19.

09.18: 1 Paper accepted by RTSS'18.

09.18: 1 Paper accepted by SenSys'18.

09.18: 4 Papers accepted by UbiComp'18.

04.18: Rutgers Research Council Grant.

12.17: 1 Paper accepted by ICCPS'18.

11.17: Desheng gave a talk at Columbia U.

09.17: 1 Paper accepted by UbiComp'17.

04.17: Rutgers Global Grant.

08.16: Desheng joined the Computer Science Department at Rutgers.

02.16: Desheng gave a talk at CMU.

06.15: Desheng gave a talk at IBM.

05.15: Desheng gave a talk at MIT.

04.15: Desheng gave a talk at Microsoft.

Funded Research Projects

The research topics in Desheng's group cross the spectrum of Human Cyber-Physical Systems (HCPS) and Data Science from sensing, to prediction, to decision-making for various system properties and applications:

  • Equity of Sociotechnical HCPS with use cases in city service conflict management
  • Adaptability of Self-evolving HCPS with use cases in autonomous vehicles
  • Privacy of Mobile HCPS with use cases in transportation, communication, and online platforms
  • Interoperability of Heterogeneous HCPS with use cases in electric vehicles
  • Safety of Mobile HCPS with use cases in micromobility platforms

  • Recent Papers

    Desheng Zhang. Mobile Cyber Physical Systems for Smart Cities. In ACM WWW'20 Workshop. Invited Keynote

    Yi Ding, Yu Yang, W.Jiang, Y.Liu, Tian He, Desheng Zhang. Nationwide Deployment and Operation of a Virtual Arrival Detection System in the Wild. In ACM SIGCOMM'21. [Paper]

    Yi Ding, Ling Liu, Yu Yang, Yunhuai Liu, Desheng Zhang and Tian He. From Conception to Retirement: a Lifetime Story of a 3-Year-Old Operational Wireless Beacon System in the Wild. In USENIX NSDI'21. [Paper]

    Yu Yang, Ding Yi, D.Yuan, Guang Wang, Xiaoyang Xie, Yunhuai Liu, Tian He and Desheng Zhang. TransLoc: Transparent Indoor Localization with Uncertain Human Participation for Instant Delivery. In ACM MobiCom'20. [Paper]

    Yu Yang, Xiaoyang Xie, Zhihan Fang, Fan Zhang, Yang Wang, and Desheng Zhang. VeMo: Enabling Transparent Vehicular Mobility Modeling at Individual Levels with Full Penetration. In ACM MobiCom'19.

    Guang Wang, Xiuyuan Chen, Fan Zhang, Yang Wang, and Desheng Zhang. Experience: Understanding Long-Term Evolving Patterns of Shared Electric Vehicle Fleets. In ACM MobiCom'19.

    Zhihan Fang*, Yu Yang*, Shuai Wang, B Fu, Z, Song, Fan Zhang, and Desheng Zhang. MAC: Measuring the Impacts of Anomalies on Travel Time of Multiple Transportation Systems. In ACM UbiComp'19.

    Shuai Wang, Tian He, Desheng Zhang, Y.Liu, Sang H. Son. Towards Efficient Sharing: A Usage Balancing Mechanism for Bike Sharing Systems. In WWW'19.

    Xiaoyang Xie, Zhihan Fang, Yu Yang, Yunhuai Liu, and Desheng Zhang. coSense: Collaborative Urban-Scale Vehicle Sensing based on Heterogeneous Fleets. In ACM UbiComp'19.

    Zhou Qin, Zhihan Fang, Yunhuai Liu, Chang Tan, Wei Chang, and Desheng Zhang. EXIMIUS: A Measurement Framework for Explicit and Implicit Urban Traffic Sensing. In ACM SenSys'18.

    Guang Wang, Xiaoyang Xie, Fan Zhang, Yunhuai Liu, and Desheng Zhang. bCharge: Data-Driven Real-Time Charging Scheduling for Large-Scale Electric Bus Fleets. In IEEE RTSS'18.