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 is 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 with Prof. Jundong Li. Welcome!

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