Xiao (Shawn) Zhu

Ph.D. Candidate

Computer Science and Engineering,

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

[News] (10/2021) Livelyzer was awarded the best paper at MMSys'21.

[News] (06/2021) EMP got into MobiCom'21.

[News] (05/2021) Serving on the Artifact Evaluation Committee for SIGCOMM'21.

[News] (04/2021) Our paper on 5G network measurement got into SIGCOMM'21.

[News] (04/2021) Livelyzer got into the 2021 ACM Multimedia Systems Conference (MMSys'21).

[News] (04/2021) Attended the 18th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI'21).

[News] (04/2021) Awarded USENIX NSDI 2021 Student Grant.

[News] (12/2020) Serving as a student editor for the pioneering JSys.

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About Me


I'm a final-year Ph.D. student in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan working with Professor Z. Morley Mao. Previously, I was an undergrad at Tsinghua University, during which I spent one semester as an exchange student at National University of Singapore.

I'm broadly interested in networking and mobile systems. My current research focuses on designing network transport protocols and application adaptation strategies for emerging computer networking systems (e.g., wearable, vehicular, and multi-path/-device) and applications (e.g., live and collaborative video delivery, industrial automation). I discover real-world performance, deployment, and security problems of networked computer systems by developing novel measurement tools, and build practical systems to address the challenges of tackling them.


Selected Publications

(* indicates equal contribution. A full list is here.)





  • Uber Technologies, Inc., Palo Alto, CA, US        Summer, 2020

    Project: Reducing interactive app latency with QUIC loss recovery optimization

    Mentors: Y. Ethan Guo and Rajesh Mahindra
  • AT&T Labs Research, Bedminster, NJ, US          Summer, 2019

    Project: Characterizing and improving commercial live video streaming

    Mentor: Subhabrata (Shubho) Sen


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    Name in Chinese: 朱骁