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Qing Zhao

  • Qing Zhao
  • Dept: Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Title: Professor, Gordon Lankton Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow
  • Address: 325 Frank H T Rhodes Hall
  • Phone: 607 255-7927
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Qing Zhao joined Cornell University in 2015 as a Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Prior to that, she was a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UC Davis from 2004 to 2015 and a system engineer with Aware., Inc. from 2001 to 2003. She received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University in 2001.

Research Interests

  • Sequential decision theory and stochastic optimization in complex systems.
  • Machine learning, statistical inference, algorithmic theory, and computational techniques.
  • Infrastructure networks, communication systems, and social economic networks.

Selected Publications

  • Gao, J., Q. Zhao, A Swami. 2016. "The Minimum Information Dominating Set for Opinion Sampling in Social Networks." IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering 3 (4): 299-311.
  • Vakili, S., Q Zhao. 2016. "Risk-Averse Multi-Armed Bandit Problems Under Mean-Variance Measure." IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing 10 (6): 1093-1111.
  • Cohen, K., Qing Zhao. 2015. "Active Hypothesis Testing for Anomaly Detection." IEEE Transactions on Information Theory 61 (3): 1432-1450.
  • Gao, J., Qing Zhao, A Swami. 2015. "The Thinnest Path Problem." IEEE/ACM Trans. Networking 23 (4): 1176-1189.
  • Liu, H., K. Liu, Qing Zhao. 2013. "Learning in A Changing World: Restless Multiarmed Bandit with Unknown Dynamics." IEEE Transactions on Information Theory 59 (3): 1902-1916.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Fellow (IEEE) 2013
  • Chancellor's Fellow (University of California, Davis) 2010
  • Best Paper Award (IEEE Signal Processing Magazine) 2010
  • Young Author Best Paper Award (IEEE Signal Processing Society) 2000



  • BS (Electrical Engineering), Sichuan University, 1994
  • MS (Electrical Engineering), Fudan University, 1997
  • Ph D (Electrical Engineering), Cornell University, 2001
  • Postdoc (Electrical Engineering), Cornell University, 2004