Associate Research Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Associate Research Professor, Information Networking Institute

Pei Zhang

Source: College of Engineering

Contact Info:
Carnegie Mellon University
Silicon Valley
Building 23 (MS 23-11)
Moffett Field, CA 94035

Office: B23 #222

Lab: B19 #1042

Phone: 609-356-2525

Email: or




Pei Zhang is an associate research professor in the INI and ECE departments at Carnegie Mellon University. He is currently the ECE graduate studies committee representative at SV. He received his Bachelor's degree with honors from California Institute of Technology in 2002, and his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in 2008. While at Princeton University, he developed the ZebraNet system, which is used to track zebras in Kenya. It was the first deployed, wireless, ad- hoc, mobile sensor network. Currently his work includes SensorFly, which focus on groups of autonomous miniature-helicopter based sensor nodes with minimalistic capabilities. In addition to numerous publications, his work has received many awards including several Best Demo Awards and Young Faculty grants. Furthermore, his work has been featured in popular media including the Discovery channel, CBS, Popular Science, etc. His primary research interest is in ubiquitous embedded systems through inter/intra system collaboration.

Areas of Interest

  • Pervasive Electronic Innovation Lab
  • Collaboration in Embedded Systems and Mobile Sensor Networks
    • Wireless ad-hoc mobile sensor networks
    • Distributed sensing and processing in heterogeneous devices
    • Interactions between heterogeneous embedded systems
    • Controlled mobility in mobile systems
    • Failure tolerance


B.S., Electrical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 2002
Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Princeton University, 2008