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Zhang, Lixia

Zhang, LixiaLixia Zhang, Professor and John Postel Chair in Computer Science

IEEE Internet Award, 2009

Fellow, IEEE, 2006
Fellow, ACM, 2006

Office: BH 3713, Phone: 310.825.2695, Email



Lixia Zhang received my PhD degree in computer science from MIT in 1989 and joined Xerox Palo Alto Research Center as a member of research staff. She joined the faculty of UCLA Computer Science Department in 1995. Her research at UCLA started with the design of a global-scale web caching system, Adaptive Web Caching (AWC) which was funded by DARPA (joint work with Van Jacobson and Sally Floyd) and the Internet Distance Map Service funded by NSF (joint work with Paul Francis and Sugih Jamin). A direct follow-up to AWC was GRAB, "Reliable and Robust Sensor Data Collection by Gradient Broadcast" funded by DARPA. Since 1998 Zhang's research largely focused on the global Internet infrastructure, in particular the resiliency and security issues in the global routing system and Domain Name System (DNS). Since 2010 Zhang has been leading a NSF-funded multi-campus research project on the development of a new Internet architecture called Named Data Networking (NDN).

The December 2009 issue of MIT Technology Review wrote a short article about Zhang.

Zhang has held various positions in network research and development organizations. She is a member of the board of the Asia Future Internet Forum (2008 – present), she served as co-chair of the IRTF Routing Research Group (2007 – 2010).  She served two times on the Internet Architecture Board (1994 – 1996, 2005 – 2009).  In 1999 to 2003, she was vice chair of ACM SIGCOMM.  In 1995 to 2000, she co-chaired the IEEE Communication Society Internet Technical Committee. In 1994 to 2001 she co-chaired the IETF Resource Reservation Protocol Working Group (RSVP). In 1993 to 1998, she was a member of the IETF IPv6 Area Directorate.  In 1992 to 2005 she was a member of the IETF Transport Area Directorate.  In 1992 to 1998, she was on the Editorial Board for IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking. In 1991 to 1999, she was the Associate Editor for ACM Computer Communication Review.

In March 2014, Zhang started a joint appointment as professor in the Electrical Engineering Department.

Research Interest

  • Internet Architecture.
  • Network Protocol Designs for large scale systems.
  • Network security and resiliency.

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2010 PAM 2010 (Passive and Active Measurement Conference) Best Paper Award
  • 2009 IEEE Internet Award
  • 2006 Fellow ACM
  • 2006 Fellow IEEE
  • 2005 IEEE International Conference On Distributed Computing Systems Best Paper Award
  • 2002 Paper entitled "RSVP: A New Resource ReSerVation Protocol" was among the 10 Landmark articles selected by the IEEE Communication Society for reprint in the 50th Anniversary Issue of IEEE Communication Magazine
  • 1998 Okawa Foundation Research Award
  • 1994 Xerox Excellence in Science and Technology Award
  • 1986 ACM SIGCOMM Best Student Paper Award
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