Academic Social: A Retrospective Reflection on Unintentional Networking


In academia, it is a common practice to work with what you have in a best effort manner. However, it will also potentially narrow down your vision that prevent you from exploring out-of-band opportunities. In this talk, I will share my research journey from my first Ph.D. project, and highlight several key moments that made retrospectively “superlinear” impacts in my career from the unintentional academic social perspective.


Dr. Chenren Xu ( is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and a member of CECA at Peking University where he directs Software-hardware Orchestrated ARchitecture (SOAR) Lab since 2015. He earned his Ph.D. from WINLAB, Rutgers University, was a postdoctoral fellow in Carnegie Mellon University and visiting scholars in AT&T Shannon Labs and Microsoft Research. His research interests span wireless, networking and system, with a current focus on backscatter communication for low power IoT connectivity, future mobile Internet for high mobility data networking, and collaborative edge intelligence system for mobile and IoT computing. He is currently an associate editor of PACM IMWUT, and actively serving as organizing and/or technical program committee in top venues such as SIGCOMM, MobiSys and SenSys. He is the recipient of Alibaba DAMO Academy Young Fellow, CCF-Intel Young Faculty and ACM SIGCOMM China Rising Star awards. He is a senior member of IEEE and ACM.