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A. Kevin Tang

  • A. Kevin Tang
  • Dept: Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Title: Associate Professor
  • Address: Room 337 Frank H T Rhodes Hall
  • Phone: 607 255-4803
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Kevin Tang joined the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell in 2007 where he is now an associate professor. During the 2006-2007 academic year, he was a junior fellow with the social and information sciences laboratory at the California Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. from Caltech in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Applied and Computational Mathematics in 2006.

Research Interests

Prof. Tang is broadly interested in networks. The current focus is on control and optimization of engineering networks such as the Internet and power grids. Special attention is given to obtaining compact global understanding, providing predictions that can be quantitatively verified by empirical data, and designing scalable architecture and distributed algorithms. He is also very interested in developing related theoretical and experimental techniques.

Teaching Interests

Prof. Tang created a new course on optimal system analysis and design to senior stduents in the Fall of 2011 and taught for three times. He is teaching ECE 5800 in the Fall of 2013.

Service Interests

During 2013-2014, Prof. Tang continues to serve on the ECE General Recruiting committee and the college admission advisory committee. He also serves as the unit chair for unit of ECE faculty members who work in ISN area. He served on several A-exam committees and B-exam committees. He has served on six technical program committees for conferences including IEEE INFOCOM.


Selected Publications

  • A. Kevin Tang, L. Andrew, K. Jacobsson, K. Johansson, H. Hjalmarsson, S. Low. 2010. "Queue Dynamics with Window Flow Control." IEEE/ACM Transacation on Networking 18 (5): 1422-1435.
  • A. Kevin Tang, D. Wei, S. Low, M. Chiang. 2010. "Equilibrium of Heterogeneous Congestion Control: Optimality and Stability." IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking 18 (3): 844-857.
  • A. Kevin Tang, J. Wang, S. Low, M. Chiang. 2007. "Equilibrium of Heterogeneous Congestion Control: Existence and Uniqueness." IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking 15 (4): 824-837.
  • A. Kevin Tang, J. Wang, S. Low. 2006. "Counter Intuitive Throughput Behaviors of Networks under End-to-end Control." IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking 14 (2): 355-368.
  • A. Kevin Tang, A. Tang, S. Low. 2004. "Understanding CHOKe: Throughput and Spatial Characteristics." IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking 12 (4): 694-707.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Michael Tien '72 Excellence in Teaching Award (Cornell Univeristy, College of Engineering) 2011
  • Young Investigator Award (Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)) 2011
  • First Place in AT&T SDN Network Design challenge (AT&T Inc) 2016
  • Young Investigator Award (Airforce Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)) 2012
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) (The White House) 2012



  • BE (Electronics Engineering), Tsinghua University, 1999
  • MS (Electronics Engineering), Tsinghua University, 2001
  • MS (Electrical Engineering), California Institute of Technology, 2002
  • Ph D (Electrical Engineering), California Institute of Technology, 2006