Research Interests

Edge Computing, Big Data Systems, Energy-Efficient Computer Systems, Mobile and Connected Health

Short Bio

Dr. Weisong Shi is a Charles H. Gershenson Distinguished Faculty Fellow and a Professor of Computer Science at Wayne State University. There he directs the Mobile and Internet Systems Laboratory, Intel IoT Innovators Lab, and the Wayne State Data Science Initiative and Wireless Health Initiative, investigating performance, reliability, power- and energy-efficiency, trust and privacy issues of networked computer systems and applications.

Dr. Shi is an expert in energy efficient computer systems research, including battery management for mobile systems and energy efficient data center design. He is also very active in the workload characterization and has received the best paper award of IISWC 2012 for their work on Taobao Hadoop workload analysis.  His work has been adopted and used by industry such as Baidu, Alibaba, and Intel. In addition to publications, his group has developed several tools that have been widely used by the community, including  pTop, a process-level power profiling tool, has been downloaded more than 600 times from more than 30 countries; SPAN, a software power analyzer, has been downloaded more than 400 times since its release in 2012.  In 2016, he served as the Program Co-chair of 7th International Green and Sustainable Conference (IGSC, formerly known as IGCC).

Since 2014, Dr. Shi has been advocating Edge Computing (Fog Computing),  a new computing paradigm in which the computing resources are placed at the edge of the Internet, in close proximity to mobile devices, sensors, end users and the emerging Internet of Everything. He co-chaired the NSF Workshop on Grand Challenges in Edge Computing, and was the founding steering committee chair of ACM/IEEE Symposium on Edge Computing (SEC).  He was interviewed by China Science Daily on the Rise of Edge Computing in December 2016.

Dr. Shi is also well known for his research and leadership on smart and connected health. He leads the Wireless Health Initiative at Wayne State University, and serves as the founding Editor-In-Chief of Smart Health Journal. In 2016, he served as the founding steering committee chair of IEEE/ACM Conference on Connected Health (CHASE).

Dr. Shi is a recipient of the National Outstanding Ph.D. dissertation award of China (2002), the NSF CAREER award (2007), Wayne State University Career Development Chair award (2009),  Charles H. Gershenson Distinguished Faculty Fellow (2015), College of Engineering Faculty Research Excellence Award (2016), the Best Paper award of ICWE'04,  IEEE IPDPS'05, HPCChina'12 and IEEE IISWC'12, the Best Paper Nominee award of ACM UbiComp'14, and the Best Student Paper Award of IEEE HealthCom'15. He is an IEEE Fellow and a Distinguished Scientist of ACM. According to Google Scholar, his H-index is 36 and has a total of 5000+ citations.

Dr. Shi was on leave with the National Science Foundation as a program director in the Division of Computer and Network Systems, Directorate of Computer and Information Science and Engineering during 2013-2015. During his tenure at NSF, Dr. Shi mainly responsible for the Computer Systems Research (CSR) core program and two crosscutting programs, including Cyber-Innovation for Sustainability Science and Engineering (CyberSEES), Smart and Connected Health (SCH).

Professional Leadership and Services

          Chair of IEEE Technical Committee on the Internet (2012 - 2016) 
          Editor-In-Chief, Elsevier Smart Health Journal, 2016 -
          Editorial board member of IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, 2016 -
          Editorial board member of IEEE Transactions on Computers, (2015 - 2016)
          Editorial board member of IEEE Internet Computing, 2014 -
          Editorial board member of Springer Computing, 2012 -
          Editorial board member of Elsevier Sustainable Computing: Informatics and Systems, 2011 -
          Editorial board member of Journal of Computer Science and Technology, 2010 -
          Guest Editor of IEEE Internet Computing: Fog Computing (Mar/April 2017)
          Guest Editor of IEEE Internet Computing: Energy-Efficient Data Centers (July/August 2017)
          Guest Editor of IEEE Transactions on Services Computing: Edge/Fog Computing and Services, Due Oct. 31, 2017
          Steering committee chair of ACM/IEEE Symposium on Edge Computing (SEC 2017)
          Steering committee chair of IEEE/ACM Connected Health (CHASE 2017)
          Steering committee member of HotWeb, IGSC, CIC
          Advisory board member of IEEE Internet of Things Journal

          Co-Chair, NSF Workshop on Grand Challenges in Edge Computing  
          General Chairs: IGSC17, NPC17, CHASE16, HotWeb15
          Program Chairs: IGSC16, CoolDC16
          Track Chair: ICDCS17 on "Edge and Fog Computing"
          Track Chair: ICPP16 on "Data Centers and Cloud Computing"
          PC members: SEC17, ISLPED17, IC2E17, HotWeb16, BigData16, IC2E16

Recent Invited Talks

11/29/16 Univeristy of Buffalo, Edge Computing: Vision, Challenges and Beyond
11/14/16 Inspur Technologies Co. Ltd., A Case for Edge Computing
05/23/16 University of Science and Technology of China, Energy-Efficient Computing: Vision and Challenges
01/15/16  CECS seminar at University of Michigan at Dearborn, Toward Energy-Efficient Computing
11/12/15  Panel moderator on "Web, Internet and Edge Computing" (HotWeb 2015)
10/15/15  Keynote at IEEE HealthCom'15, Wireless Health: Opportunities, Challenges and Beyond
10/08/15  Distinguished Seminar Talk at Michigan Technological University, Toward Energy-Efficient Computing


          CSC4290/4991 Introduction to Computer Networks [W06, F07]
          CSC5250 Networking, Distributed and Concurrent Programming [F02, W03, F06, F07, F08, F09, F10, F11, F12]
          CSC5270/5991 Computer Systems Security [F04, F05]
          CSC7260 Distributed Systems [F03, W04, W05, W06, W07, W08, W10, W11, W12, W13, W16, W17]
          CSC8260 Seminar on Distributed Systems [F04, F06, F08, F11]

In the News

          [China Science Daily] The Rise of Edge Computing
          [Engineering]: Computer Science Professor appointed to Editorial Positions
          [Today@Wayne]: Wayne State University joins the OpenFog Consortium
          [Today@Wayne]: WSU program to innovate in Detroit "Internet of Things"
          [Engineering]: Two College of Engineering Professors named IEEE Fellows
          [NewsWise]: Sustainable Computing and Computer Systems Expert to Serve as NSF Program Director
          [Popular Science]: How Will We Keep Track of Our Robot Minions?
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Department of Computer Science
5057 Woodward Ave, Ste. 14102.2, Detroit, MI 48202

Phone: (313) 577-3186, Email: weisong AT wayne dot edu, Skype: professorshi, Twitter: @shiweisong