People

Director

Dr. Xiaorong Zhang       
Associate Professor of Computer Engineering
School of Engineering
San Francisco State University

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

Education

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

Biography

Dr. Xiaorong Zhang joined San Francisco State University (SFSU) in 2013 as a faculty member in computer engineering. She is the Director of the Intelligent Computing and Embedded Systems Laboratory (ICE Lab) at SFSU. She has broad research experience in human-machine interfaces, neural-controlled artificial limbs, embedded systems, and intelligent computing technologies. She is a recipient of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award to develop the next-generation neural-machine interfaces (NMI) for electromyography (EMG)-controlled neurorehabilitation.

She is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). She has served in the professional societies in various capacities including the Chair of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) San Francisco Chapter (2018-present), an Associate Editor of the IEEE Inside Signal Processing E-Newsletter (2016-2018), an Outreach Co-Chair of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Golden Gate Section (2017-2018), a Co-Chair of the Doctoral Consortium at 2014 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence, a Program Committee Member of various international conferences, and a regular reviewer of a variety of journals and conferences in related fields.

 

Student Research Assistants

Graduate Research Assistants

Kirtan Jha, Master student in Embedded Electrical and Computer Systems (EECS)

Project title: A Blockchain-Enabled Food Safety Monitoring System

Bao Tran, Master student in EECS

Project title: Development of Wearable Sensor for Stroke Rehabilitation mHealth System

Alex David, EECS (Sp19), Employment after graduation: Software Engineer, Common Networks, San Francisco, CA

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 Research Assistants

Aashin Shazar, CompE student

Project title: Development of Sensor Fault-Tolerant Module for High-Density EMG Pattern Recognition

Donald Reynolds, EE student

Project title: Development of Sensor Fault-Tolerant Module for High-Density EMG Pattern Recognition

Justin Phan, EE/CompE (Sp20)

Project #1 title: Developing the Next-Generation Neural-Machine Interfaces for Neurorehabilitation Applications by Utilizing Sensor Arrays and Spatial Features (1st Place Award, area of Engineering and Computer Science (Undergrad-Level), CSU Research Competition, May 2020)

Project #2 title: Esophageal Manometry for Airway Protection (collaborated with UCSF)

Alisa Its, ME (Sp20)

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

Alexander Louie, EE/CompE (F19), Employment after graduation: Firmware Verification Engineer, Western Digital, Milpitas, CA

Project title: Embedded Sensor and Augment/Virtual Reality for Stroke Rehabilitation

Chloe Zirbel, CompE (Sp19), Employment after graduation: Software Engineer, Ripple, San Francisco, CA

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)

Juan Angeles, CompE (Sp19), Employment after graduation: Full-Stack Software Engineer Intern, ForePass, San Francisco, CA

Project title: Jetson TX2-based Edge Computing

Sean Booth, CompE/ME (Sp19), Employment after graduation: Embedded Firmware Engineer, Shoof Technologies, Inc., San Francisco Bay Area, CA

Project title: EMG-Controlled Powered Prosthetic Hand

Travis Mazzy, EE (F18), Employment after graduation: MS student at San Jose State University

Project title: Edge Computing on DragonBoard

Jose RiveraME (F18), Employment after graduation: Technician, NAVAN Technologies, South San Francisco, CA

Project title: 3D-Printed Powered Prosthetic Hand

Ian HannaME (Sp18), Employment after graduation: R&D Autonomous Vehicle Test Operator, Cruise Automation, San Francisco Bay Area, CA

Project title: 3D-Printed Powered 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

Kashetu MomoduEE (Sp18), Employment after graduation: Failure Analysis Technician, Fitbit, San Francisco, 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