Portrait of Yongguang Zhang

Yongguang Zhang

Principal Researcher


Yongguang Zhang is a Senior Principal Researcher at Microsoft (Azure for Operators). He led the Cloudification of Telecom Network Infrastructure project that contributed to Microsoft’s entering of this business. Previously from 2006 to 2015, he was a Research Manager for the Wireless and Networking group at Microsoft Research Asia, where he and his team  built up one of the best networking research groups in the world. Before that, he was a Senior Research Scientist at HRL Labs, and co-PI/technical lead in several DARPA-funded networking and wireless research projects. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from Purdue University in 1994.

His research interests span across systems and networking, including mobile, wireless, internet, data-center networking, software radio, ad-hoc, satellite, cellular, security, network systems and hardware. He has published over 50 technical papers, including top conferences and journals of his fields (SIGCOMM, MobiCom, MobiSys, ToN). He is a recipient of USENIX Test of Time Award at NSDI’19 for his work on Software Radio. He has also won a string of Best Paper Awards at top networking conferences: NSDI’11, CoNEXT’10, and NSDI’09, and 5 Best Demo Awards in at MobiSys’07, SenSys’07, MobiSys’08, NSDI’09, and SIGCOMM’10. He is an Associate Editor for IEEE transactions on Mobile Computing, an Area Editor for MC2R, was a guest editor in an ACM MONET Journal, and has organized and chaired/co-chaired several international conferences, workshops, and an IETF working group. He is a General Co-Chair for ACM MobiCom’09. He is an IEEE Fellow.