Cong Shen

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Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Virginia

Office: E-317 Thornton Hall
Mail: 351 McCormick Road, P.O. Box 400743, Charlottesville, VA 22904
Phone: (434) 924-8940
Email: cong at virginia dot edu

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I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of University of Virginia. I am also a member of the UVA Link Lab. I got my B.S. and M.S. from Tsinghua University, and Ph.D. from UCLA. I received the NSF CAREER award in 2022.

My research interests span a number of interdisciplinary topics in machine learning, communications, and networking, with an emphasis on theoretical models, algorithms, and practical engineering applications. Some of my current research topics are:

  • Federated learning and distributed/decentralized learning

  • Multi-armed bandits and reinforcement learning

  • Wireless communications and networking

Prospective Students: Two fully-funded PhD student positions are currently available in my group. Starting date can be either Spring 2024 or Fall 2024. Please feel free to contact me with your CV and transcripts.


  • Sept. 2023: Ph.D. student Xizixiang Wei received the 2023-24 Endowed Graduate Fellowship from the Engineering School. Congratulations!

  • Sept. 2023: One paper accepted to NeurIPS 2023. This is Li's first paper – Congratulations!

  • Aug. 2023: I will serve as an Area Chair for AISTATS 2024.

  • July 2023: Awarded NSF CPS Medium project titled “Learning through the Air: Cross-Layer UAV Orchestration for Online Federated Optimization”.

  • July 2023: After a three-year hiatus, DySPAN is coming back! Please consider submitting your work.

  • July 2023: Ph.D. student Xizixiang Wei received the ECE Department McVey Fellowship for the 2023-2024 academic year. Congratulations!

  • May 2023: We are organizing the 9th SIGKDD Workshop on Mining and Learning from Time Series. The CFP can be found here. Please consider submitting your work.

  • Apr. 2023: Two papers accepted to ICML 2023 and three papers accepted to ISIT 2023.

  • Apr. 2023: Ph.D. student Chengshuai Shi received the 2023 Charles L. Brown Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering’s Louis T Rader Graduate Research Award. Congratulations!

  • Jan. 2023: New Ph.D. student Zihan Chen (BS and MS, USTC) joined the group. Zihan is co-advised by Prof. Jundong Li and me. Welcome!

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