Xiaoyan  Hong


Associate Professor

Department of Computer Science

The University of Alabama



hxy at cs dot ua dot edu

3058 Cyber Hall 

Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0290

Phone: (205) 348-4042 

Fax: (205) 348-0219




Research Lab







I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Alabama and direct the Wireless, Mobile and Networking Research Lab (WiMaN).  I received my Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of California at Los Angeles in 2003. Earlier, I obtained my MS degree from Computer Science Department, Zhejiang University, P.R. China. My research interests include mobile and wireless networks (MANET, VANET, DTN), connected vehicular and transportation systems, underwater acoustic communication networks, mobile edge / fog computing and software defined networks. My research activities involve network architecture and protocol design, mobility and mobile network modeling, performance evaluation and prototyping. My research is (has been) supported by NSF and the University of Alabama Research Advisory Committee award.   For details, please visit WiMaN Lab and Publications.


Current Projects:

CCRI: Medium: Collaborative Research: mu-Net: Infrastructure to Advance Mobile Underwater Wireless Networking Research, 10/01/2020 - 09/30/2023

CC* Compute: Accelerating Advances in Science and Engineering at The University of Alabama Through HPC Infrastructure, 07/01/2020-06/30/2022

NeTS: Small: VC-VANET: A Sustainable Vehicle-Crowd Based Vehicular Ad Hoc Network Supporting Mobile Cloudlet Computing, 08/15/2017 C 07/31/2021 [site]

CC*DNI Networking Infrastructure C UA SciNet [site]


Congratulations to William Alexander! He received an award of First Place Poster Presentation of Engineering Division for his research presented at the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference (URCA), March 30, 2017.


Recent Publications:

Beichen Yang, Min Sun, Xiaoyan Hong, Xiaoming Guo,  "A Deadline-Aware Offloading Scheme for Vehicular Fog Computing at Signalized Intersection", PerVehicle 2020: 2nd International Workshop on Pervasive Computing for Vehicular Systems, collocated with PerCom 2020, Austin, TX,  USA, March 23 C 27, 2020.

Qi Zhao, Zheng Peng, Xiaoyan Hong, "A Named Data Networking Architecture Implementation to Internet of Underwater Things", The Fourteenth ACM International Conference on Underwater Networks and Systems (WUWNet 2019), October 23-25, 2019, Atlanta, USA.

Dong Zhang, Xiang Chen, Qun Huang, Xiaoyan Hong, Chunming Wu, Haifeng Zhou, Yi Yang,  Hongyan Liu, Y. Chen, "P4SC: A High Performance and Flexible Framework for Service Function Chain," in IEEE Access, vol. 7, 2019

Zhengyan Zhou, Dong Zhang, Xiaoyan Hong, "RL-Sketch: Scaling Reinforcement Learning for Adaptive and Automate Anomaly Detection in Network Data Streams", 2019 IEEE 44th Conference on Local Computer Networks (LCN), Oct 14-17, 2019, Osnabr┨ck, Germany.

Meng Kuai and Xiaoyan Hong, Qiangyuan Yu, ^Delay-tolerant forwarding strategy for named data networking in vehicular environment ̄, Int. J. Ad Hoc and Ubiquitous Computing, Vol. 31, No.1, 2019.

Fei Chen, Chunming Wu, Xiaoyan Hong, Bin Wang, "Easy Path Programming: Elevate Abstraction Level for Network Functions", IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking,  Volume: 26, Issue:1, pp. 189-202, Feb. 2018.


 Graduated PhDs:

           Meng Kuai, dissertation, "Named Data Networking in Vehicular Environment: Forwarding and Mobility", Aug 2018.

           Lei Zhao, dissertation, "Multi-Radio Vehicular Communication and Low Data-Rate Traffic Sensing Network for Intelligent Transportation Systems", May 2016.

           Mohammad A. Hoque, dissertation, "Protocol Design in Wireless Networks: Featuring Channel Access and Vehicular Communications", Aug. 2012.

            Bo Gu, dissertation: "Communication In Disruption Tolerant Network: Models, Analysis and Routing", Dec. 2011.

            Qunwei Zheng, dissertation: "Mobility in Mobile Ad Hoc Networks: Models, Analysis, and Applications", May 2007.

            Jun Liu, dissertation:  "Anonymous Communication in Wireless Mobile Networks", Aug 2007.


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• Operating Systems (core undergraduate course), CS426(CS526 co-list for graduates) (current CS300),  Fall 2005 - 06, Spring 2007, 2011, 2015 C 2020

• Computer Communication Networks (undergraduate course), CS438 (CS538 co-list for graduates), Spring 2004, 2005, 2008 - 14, 2016-2020

• Distributed Operating Systems (core graduate course), CS606,  Fall 2007- 10, 2013, 2017, 2020

• Advanced Computer Communication Networks (core graduate course), CS613, Fall 2004 - 2010, 2012, 2017, 2018

• Wireless, Mobile Network Protocols (graduate course), CS618, Spring 2006, 2010, 2016, 2016, 2019

• Mobile and Wireless Networking (graduate course, special topics), CS691, Fall 2003, Spring 2005, Spring 2008

• Programming III: C++, CS351, 2013 - 2015

• CS I: C, CS100,  Fall 2015, 2018

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Editorial Board:

IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials, since 2012


Technical Conference Co-Chairs:

Symposium Co-Chair: Wireless Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks (WAHS) Symposium of 2015 / International Conference ICNC, Mobile Computing and Vehicle Communications (MCVC) Symposium of ICNC'2014, Mobile Computing and Vehicle Communications (MCVC) Symposium of ICNC'2012

Technical Program Co-Chair: IEEE Mobile Cloud 2015

Technical Track Co-Chair: Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks of IFIP Wireless Days conference 2013

Publicity Co-Chair: IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Quality of Service (IWQoS)


Technical Program Committees:


IEEE ICC 2007 - 2015, IEEE Globecom 2007 - 2017, LCN 2007- 2010, MSN 2009-2010, ICCCN 2010, PWN 2009, NiVi 09, IFIP Networking 2008,  VTC Spring 2008, ICCCN 2008, SSN'08, PWN08, ACM MobiHoc 2007, SPECTS 2007, IEEE WCNC 2007, Networking 2007, IEEE PerCom PWN07, ISWPC'2007, ICCCN 2007, VTC-Fall 2007 .


Reviewer for journals:

ACM Trans. on Networking, ACM Mobile Computing and Communications Review, ACM Mobile Networks and Applications (MONET), IEEE Communications Letters, IEEE Trans. on Mobile Computing,  IEEE Trans. on Wireless Communications, IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials, IEEE Communications Magazine, IEEE Trans on Vehicular Technology,  IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (JSAC), IEEE Journal of Communications and Networks, Journal of Ad Hoc Networks,  EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking, International Journal of Computers and Their Applications, Pervasive and Mobile Computing, Wireless Networks.


Reviewer for conferences: numerous.

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