UCSB CS Alumna, Xia Zhou, has recently been given the SIGMOBILE RockStar Award. The RockStar Award is SIGMOBILE's early career award. The Award recognizes an individual who has made recent outstanding research or product contributions to the field of mobile computing during the early part of his or her career.

SIGMOBILE was formed in 1996 as an international ACM community of researchers and practitioners who:

Perform research in the theory and practice of all areas related to the mobility of systems, users, data, and computing; Expand the evolution of portable computers and wireless networks; Support the convergence of mobility, computing, and information organization; and Improve access, services, management, and applications for mobile computing and communications.

Xia Zhou is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Dartmouth College. She co-directs the DartNets (Dartmouth Networking and Ubiquitous Systems) Lab, and the Dartmouth Reality and Robotics Lab (RLab). Prof. Zhou received her PhD in Computer Science at UC Santa Barbara in June, 2013, working under the supervision of Prof. Heather Zheng. She was a visiting faculty at National Taiwan University from December 2016 to February 2017, and at the University of Cambridge from April 2017 to June 2017.

Prof. Zhou's research interest lies broadly in mobile computing and its intersection with other disciplines. Most of her current projects center on light - an ubiquitous medium around us. They explore a range of projects that turn light into a powerful medium for data communication and object/behavioral sensing. Check out their demo videos to learn more details. Her PhD work designed network systems to handle the massive volume and unpredictable nature of today's data traffic (see more in our MobiCom'08 and SIGCOMM'12 papers).