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Dartmouth's Xia Zhou Wins 2019 ACM SIGMOBILE RockStar Award

Dartmouth College

HANOVER, N.H. -- March 26, 2019 -- Xia Zhou, an associate professor of computer science at Dartmouth College, has been awarded the 2019 ACM SIGMOBILE RockStar award.

The award committee selected Zhou "in recognition of her outstanding early-career contributions and impact on our field: for multidisciplinary research examining unconventional wireless spectrum frequencies to build next-generation wireless systems and spearheading the field of 'visible light sensing,' which turns the ubiquitous light around us into a powerful medium that integrates data communication and human behavioral sensing."

"I am truly honored to join the ranks of other RockStars," said Zhou. "I sincerely thank the committee and the SIGMOBILE community for the award. I could not have made it without the continuing support and inspirations from my mentors, colleagues, and students. They are the real stars to me."

"Professor Zhou is an extraordinarily creative computer scientist who is continually looking to push the boundaries of mobile communication," said Dan Rockmore, associate dean for the sciences at Dartmouth College. "This award is a testament to her place in the top rank of the field."

The RockStar award is the latest in a series of accolades Zhou has earned. Her co-authored paper on a new wireless communication technology won the "best video" award at "MobiCom 2016: The 22nd Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking." Known as "DarkLight," this technology employs short, almost imperceptible light pulses to transmit information. The research demonstrated for the first time how visible light could be used to transmit data even when the light appears to be extremely dim or nonexistent.

In 2017, Zhou won a Sloan Research Fellowship in computer science, one of the 126 two-year, $60,000 fellowships to be awarded that year. Nominated by fellow scientists, Sloan fellows are selected on the basis of their independent research accomplishments, creativity, and potential to become leaders in their fields, according to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Most recently, her work was highlighted in the National Science Foundation-sponsored video "Using Light to Move Wireless Data Faster."

The RockStar award will be presented during the opening ceremony of ACM MobiCom 2019 meeting in Mexico. Zhou has been invited to speak at the meeting.


The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the largest educational and scientific computing society in the world, has awarded Zhou the ACM SIGMOBILE's RockStar Award. SIGMOBILE is the ACM's organizational division "dedicated to all things mobile."

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