Dr. Xiaorong Zhang       
Assistant Professor of Computer Engineering
School of Engineering, SFSU

Phone: (415) 338-3946
Address:  1600 Holloway Ave., SCI 213D, San Francisco, CA, 94132


Ph.D., Computer Engineering, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, 2013
M.S., Computer Engineering, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, 2009
B.S., Computer Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, 2006

Honors and Awards

  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, 2018
  • Best Diversity Paper Award, ASEE Zone IV Conference, Boulder, CO, 2018
  • Best Paper Award in Two-Year College Division, ASEE’s Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, OH, 2017
  • Winner of the Ken Fong Translational Research Fund 2015-2016 Competition, SFSU, 2016
  • Presidential Award for Professional Development of Probationary Faculty, SFSU, 2016
  • Best Paper Award in Minorities in Engineering Division, ASEE’s Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, WA, 2015
  • Best Diversity Paper Award, ASEE/Pacific Southwest (PSW) Conference, San Diego, CA, 2015
  • 4th place in Phase I, the 15th annual Computing in Cardiology/PhysioNet Challenge: Robust Detection of Heart Beats in Multimodal Data, Computing in Cardiology/PhysioNet, Cambridge, MA, 2014
  • Phi Kappa Phi, URI chapter, Kingston, RI, 2013
  • Intellectual Property Recognition Award by University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, 2013
  • Graduated with distinction from HUST, Wuhan, China, 2006


Student Research Assistants

Graduate Assistants

Alex David, Master student in Engineering, Embedded Electrical and Computer Systems (EECS)

Project title: Integrating Mobile and Cloud Computing for EMG-based Gesture Recognition

Ian Donovan, EECS (F17, Graduate Distinguished Achievement Award)

Thesis title: Evaluating Real-Time Methods for Pattern Recognition of High Density Electromyography Arrays

Sergey Dusheyko, EECS (F17), Employment after graduation: Engineer, Colorado Electronic Product Design, Inc., Broomfield, Colorado 

Thesis title: Tuning Parameters of Spiking Neural Network Based on Memristor Crossbar Array

Sarah Shamsi, EECS (Su16), Employment after graduation: Software/Firmware Engineer, zGlue, Mountain View, CA

Thesis title: Towards Anti-Stuttering: Understanding Relations between Stress and Stuttering

David Rodriguez, Mathematics (F15), Employment after graduation: Security Researcher and Data Scientist, Cisco Umbrella Research

Thesis title: Neural Trees and Their Application in the Study of Multi-Channel Classification

Alexvijayraj Amalaraj, EECS (Sp15), Employment after graduation: Head of Software Engineering, Velo Labs, San Francisco, CA

Thesis title: Real-time Hand Gesture Recognition Using sEMG and Accelerometer for Gesture to Speech Conversion


Undergraduate Assistants

Chloe Zirbel, CompE student

Project title: Upper Limb Rehabilitation in Virtual Reality for Stroke Survivors (1st Place Award, area of Engineering and Computer Science (Undergrad-Level), CSU Research Competition, May 2018)

Justin Phan, EE/CompE student

Project #1 title: Esophageal Manometry for Airway Protection (collaborated with UCSF)

Project #2 title: Evaluating Pattern Recognition algorithms using High Density Electromyography Arrays

Juan Angeles, CompE student

Project title: Jetson TX2-based Edge Computing

Alisa Its, ME student

Project title: Development of a 3D-printed Prosthetic Hand

Dung Nguyen, CompE (Sp18), Employment after graduation: MS program in EECS, SFSU

Project title: Esophageal Manometry for Airway Protection (collaborated with UCSF)

Kyle Edward Goodridge, EE (Sp18), Employment after graduation: Electrical Engineer, West Jet Aviation, Van Nuys, CA

Project title: Gesture Recognition using Unlimited Hand

Alejandro Ortiz, CompE (F16)

Project title: Development of a Myoelectric Controlled Virtual Hand

Kevin Valenzuela, CompE (Sp16)

Project title: Development of a Low-Cost and Flexible Platform for Real-Time Human Machine Interface for Myoelectric Controlled Applications

Gilbert Szeto, CompE (F14), Employment after graduation: Software Engineer, Glu Mobile, San Francisco, CA

Project title: Design of a Cyber-Physical System for Myoelectric-Controlled Robot Car