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Wireless communication has exploded in recent years, allowing anytime, anywhere access to an abundance of resources, and transforming global communication. According to a recent study, mobile data traffic is expected to grow 700 per cent from 2014 to 2019 in Canada alone, a compound annual growth rate of 46 per cent, putting unprecedented demands on energy resources to support wireless communications systems and networks. Min Dong, PhD, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, is focused on developing new technologies to improve energy efficiency and storage in this burgeoning industry. An award-winning leader in her field, Dr. Dong's research is highly tapped into the development of statistical signal processing algorithms and techniques for communication networks, cooperative communications and networking techniques, and stochastic network optimization in dynamic networks and systems. Generating these advanced communications technologies will bring significant scientific, economic and social benefits to Canada across the information and communication technology (ICT) sector to emerging applications such as Smart Grid, healthcare monitoring, and cloud computing. Dr. Dong gained industry expertise as a systems engineer within the Corporate Research and Development Division of Qualcomm Inc. in San Diego, California before joining UOIT as an assistant professor in July 2008. She now heads UOIT’s Women in Engineering Project in partnership with Hydro One, inspiring female students to pursue technology and engineering. Additionally, she holds a status-only associate professorship in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto. Her aptitude for designing algorithms to solve engineering problems bolstered her interest in wireless communications. In 1998, Dr. Dong received her Bachelor of Engineering from Tsinghua University in China, and in 2004, she earned her Doctorate in Electrical Engineering at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. A beacon for success, Dr. Dong received one of only two Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation Early Researcher Awards in her field in 2012; Best Paper Award at the IEEE International Conference on Communications in 2012; and the 2004 IEEE Signal Processing Society Best Paper Award.

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Best Paper Award, IEEE ICCC

August 15, 2012

Recipient of the Best Paper Award at the IEEE International Conference on Communications in China for her co-authored paper: On Codebook Design for Distributed Relay Beamforming Network.

Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation Early Researcher Award

April 30, 2012

One of only two recipients in the field of communications provincewide, Dr. Dong received the ERA for her research entitled: Building Green Communications Through Cooperation: Fundamental Limits and Practical Techniques. She is developing theories and technologies which will lead to new wireless solutions and infrastructures to improve energy efficiency and conservation while increasing the reliability, speed and range of communications.

Senior Member, IEEE

November 1, 2012

Dr. Dong has made significant contributions to the society in her field. Since 2013, she has been an elected member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, and Signal Processing for Communications and Networking Technical Committee. Previously, she served as associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, a top-tier, flagship journal in the field of signal processing, as well as associate editor for IEEE Signal Processing Letters.

Best Paper Award, 2004 IEEE Signal Processing Society

January 1, 2004

Awarded for her co-authored paper: Optimal Design and Placement of Pilot Symbols for Channel Estimation, published in IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, vol. 50, pp. 3055-3069, December 2002.

Cornell University

2004
PhD - Electrical and Computer Engineering
Minor in Applied Mathematics

Tsinghua University

1998
BEng - Automation (Electrical Engineering)
  • Cooperative and Cognitive Designs Towards Resource-Efficient Wireless Communications

    $145000  | April 1, 2014

    Awarded by: NSERC Discovery Grant
    PI. Dong. M. 2014-2019. The proposed research program aims to investigate distributed cooperative algorithms and cognitive network resource managing strategies for cooperative relaying. With the integrated view of network architecture, protocols, and processing algorithms, Dr. Dong is targetting novel unified designs that synergize techniques and strategies across the physical (PHY), medium access (MAC) and network-layers to maximize cooperation gain in a full-fledged scale.

  • Cloud in the Air: A Heterogeneous Data Communication Framework for Mobile Cloud Computing

    $469,300  | January 1, 2013

    Awarded by: NSERC Strategic Project Grant
    CI. Dong, M. 2013-2016. This research project targets the large-scale heterogeneous communication and networking architecture expected to serve as the backbone of the emerging mobile cloud computing paradigm, and is projected to contribute substantially to state-of-the-art research towards establishing foundational design policies.

  • Building Green Communications Through Cooperation: Fundamental Limits and Practical Techniques

    $190,000  | April 30, 2012

    Awarded by: Ontario MRI Early Researcher Award
    PI. Dong, M. 2012-2017. This research project aims to design a relay mesh network with high bandwidth efficiency to fulfill the increasing throughput demand, high power-efficiency to move toward the green concept, but minimal overload to facilitate practical applications. A proposed dynamic and decentralized physical layer cooperation framework is based on distributed beamforming and considers physical layer designs jointly with medium access control techniques for a mesh relay network design.

  • Research Laboratory for Integrated High-Speed Broadband Wireless Communication Systems

    $275,000  | January 1, 2012

    Awarded by: CFI Leaders Opportunity Fund
    CI. Dong, M., 2012-2013

  • Cognitive Sensing for Dynamic Spectrum Access

    $123,000  | January 1, 2010

    Awarded by: NSERC Collaborative Research and Development
    CI. Dong, M. 2010-2014

  • Future Ubiquitous Green Mesh Relay Network Design Based on Distributed Beamforming

    $501,000  | January 1, 2010

    Awarded by: NSERC Strategic Project Grant
    CI. Dong, M. 2010-2013

  • Resource-Constrained Communications and Networking Through Adaptation and Cooperation

    $145,000  | January 1, 2009

    Awarded by: NSERC Discovery Grant
    PI. Dong, M. 2009-2014

  • Professional Engineers Ontario

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

  • IEEE Communications Society

  • IEEE Signal Processing Society

Involvement


  • Media appearances

    UOIT researcher receives funding for clean technology solutions
    UOIT online

    August 24, 2012

    Communications technology may soon go green, thanks to new funding for clean technology solutions research at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). Dr. Min Dong, assistant professor, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, was recently awarded $140,000, over the next five years, through the Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation’s Early Researcher Awards program.

  • Past speaking engagements
    • Multi-Antenna Relay Network Beamforming Design for Multiuser Peer-to-Peer Communications

      Florence, Italy
      May 9, 2014

      IEEE International Conference on Acoustics Speech and Signal Processing

    • Channel-Aware Distributed Dynamic Spectrum Access via Learning-Based Heterogeneous Multichannel Auction

      Florence, Italy
      May 4, 2014

      IEEE International Conference on Acoustics Speech and Signal Processing

    • Optimal Power Allocation and Network Beamforming for OFDM-Based Relay Networks

      Florence, Italy
      May 4, 2014

      IEEE International Conference on Acoustics Speech and Signal Processing

    • Real-Time Energy Storage Management with Renewable Energy of Arbitrary Generation Dynamics

      Pacific Grove, California
      November 3, 2013

      47th Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers

    • Distributed Regulation Allocation with Aggregator Co-ordinated Electric Vehicles

      Vancouver, British Columbia
      October 21, 2013

      IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications

    • SNR-Based Channel Pairing for MABC-Based Two-Way Relaying

      Darmstadt, Germany
      June 16, 2013

      14th IEEE International Workshop on Signal Processing Advances in Wireless Communications

    • Learning-Stage Based Decentralized Adaptive Access Policy for Dynamic Spectrum Access

      Vancouver, British Columbia
      May 26, 2013

      IEEE International Conference on Acoustics Speech and Signal Processing

    • Online Control for Energy Storage Management with Renewable Energy Integration

      Vancouver, British Columbia
      May 26, 2013

      IEEE International Conference on Acoustics Speech and Signal Processing

    • Cooperative Relaying Optimization From Multichannel Resource Assignment to Multi-Antenna Processing Design

      Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Institute of Wireless Communications, Shanghai, China
      August 27, 2012

      Invited Seminar

    • Resource Assignment and its Optimization in Multichannel Cooperative Relaying

      McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
      December 1, 2011

      Invited Seminar

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