Northeastern University Wireless Networks and Embedded Systems Lab

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Nan Cen is a PhD student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University. She is currently working in the Wireless Networks and Embedded Systems Laboratory under the guidance of Professor Tommaso Melodia. She received her M.S. in Electrical Engineering from The State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, the United States, in 2014. She had previously received her B.S. in Information Science and Engineering and M.S. from Shandong University, Jinan, China, in 2008 and 2011, respectively. From 2011 to 2012 she was a software developer of Alcatel-lucent Co. in Qingdao, China. She worked as a summer intern in Bell Labs and in IBM, in 2014 and 2010, respectively.


  • Visible light networking, visible light beamforming, resource allocation, protocol design, etc.

  • Multimedia transmission over Wireless Sensor Networks(WSNs), cross-layer optimiztion

  • Compressed sensing with the applications in signal acquisition and processing

  • Internet of Things

  • Massive MIMO and its applications in 5G

  • Software Defined Networks


Journals and Magzines

  • Z. Guan, N. Cen, T. Melodia, and S. Pudlewski, "Joint Power, Association and Flight Control for Massive-MIMO Self-Organizing Flying Drones," IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking. [pdf] [bibtex]

  • N. Cen, Z. Guan, T. Melodia, " Low-Power Multimedia Internet of Things through Compressed Sensing based Multi-view Video Streaming," submitted to IEEE Transactions on Mobilie Computing, under revision, 2018.

  • Z. Guan, N. Cen, T. Melodia, S. Pudlewski " Joint Power, Association and Flight Control for Massive-MIMO Self-Organizing Flying Drones," submitted to IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking.

  • N. Cen, J. Jagannath, S. Simone, Z. Guan, T. Melodia, " LANET: Visible-Light Ad Hoc Networks," in Ad Hoc Networks (Elseier), 2018. [pdf] [bibtex]

  • N. Cen, Z. Guan, T. Melodia, " Inter-view Motion Compensated Joint Decoding of Compressive-Sampled Multiview Video Streaming," in IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, vol. 19, no. 6, pp. 1117-1126, June 2017. [pdf] [bibtex]

  • S. Pudlewski, N. Cen, Z. Guan, and T. Melodia, "Video Transmission over Lossy Wireless Networks: A Cross-layer Perspective," IEEE Journal on Selected Topics in Signal Processing, in press 2014. [pdf]

Conference Papers

  • N. Cen, N. Dave, E. Demirors, Z. Guan, T. Melodia, "LiBeam: Throughput-Optimal Cooperative Beamforming for Indoor Visible Light Networks," in Proc. of IEEE Conference on Computer Communications (InfoCom), Paris, France, April 2019. [pdf] [bibtex]

  • Z. Guan, Nan Cen, T. Melodia, Scott Pudlewski, "Self-Organizing Flying Drones with Massive MIMO Networking," in Proc. of Mediterranean Ad Hoc Networking Workshop (Med-Hoc-Net), Capri, Italy, June 2018. [pdf] [bibtex]

  • N. Cen, Z. Guan, T. Melodia, "Multiview Wireless Video Streaming Based on Compressed Sensing: Architecture and Network Optimization," in Proc. of ACM Intl. Symp. on Mobile Ad Hoc Networking and Computing (MobiHoc), Hangzhou, China, June 2015. [pdf] [bibtex]

  • N. Cen, Z. Guan, T. Melodia, "Joint Decoding of Independently Encoded Compressive Multi-view Video Streams," in Proc. of Picture Coding Symposium (PCS), San Jose, CA, December 2013. [pdf] [bibtex]

  • J. Sun, N. Cen, D. Yuan, "Implementation of a 2x2 MIMO-OFDM Real-time System on DSP/FPGA Platform," in Proc. of Communications and Mobile Computing (CMC), Qingdao, China, April 2011. [pdf] [bibtex]

Other Presentations

  • N. Cen, Z. Guan, T. Melodia, "LANET: Software-defined Visible-light Ad Hoc Networks," in Joint 7th N2Women and WICE: Professional Development Workshop, Kansas City, MO, USA, May 2018.


  • Method to compute soft-bit information for gray pi/M-MPSK modulation, 201010288482.7, 2010

  • A new parallel method to compute soft-bit information for gray M-QAM modulation, 200910255806.4, 2009

  • A method for timing and carrier recovery in wireless communication systems, 200910231497.7, 2009

  • A method for real-time video transmission for MIMO-OFDM system, 200910231499.6, 2009

Selected Hornors and Awards

  • CRA-W and ComSoc Travel Grant, 2018

  • N2 Women Young Researcher Fellowship, MobiHoc 2015

  • NSF Student Travel Award, 2015

  • Chair of IEEE Shandong University Student Branch, 2009 - 2011

  • Honor Graduate Student of Shandong University, Presidential Fellowship, First Prize Scholarship, Three Good Student of Shandong University, etc., 2004-2010

  • Reviewer

    • IEEE Transactions on Multimedia

    • IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing

    • GlobalSIP-SP for Cognitive Radios and Networks 2014

    • Milcom 2013, 2014

    • Med-Hoc-Net 2013, 2014, 2018

    • PWSN 2014

    • IEEE BlackSeaCom 2014

    • IEEE WCNC 2014

    • WONS 2014

    • WiMob 2013

    • PIMRC 2013

    • ACM MiSeNet 2013

    • CRAB 2013

    • PE-WASUN 2013

    • WASA 2013