Yanxiao Zhao,  Ph.D.
 Assistant Professor 
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
 South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
 Rapid City, SD 57701 USA
 E-mail: yanxiao.zhao AT sdsmt.edu

 Phone:  (605) 394 1223


Dr. Yanxiao Zhao is currently an Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, which she joined in Aug. 2012. She received her Ph.D. degree (Advisor: Dr. Min Song) from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Old Dominion University, USA, in May 2012.  Dr. Zhao’ teaching interests are centered on communications and networking.  Dr. Zhao's research interests include, but not limited to: security on smart grid;  security on wireless networking including cognitive radio networks, vehicular networks, wireless autonomous networks, wireless sensor networks, software-defined networks, D2D communications;  protocol design, performance evaluation and experimental implementation in various communication and networking systems. Her current research is supported by National Science Foundation (NSF) grant and Air Force grants. Dr. Zhao was the recipient of the Best Paper Award in WASA 2009. She is serving as TPC members for several international conferences such as IEEE GLOBECOM, ICC, ICCCN, WiCOM and ICNC. She is also a technical reviewer for dozens of international journals and conferences. 


Cyber Security on Smart Grids and Wireless Networks 

Wireless Communications and Mobile Networking

Big Data and Cloud Computing


CENG342/L,  Digital Systems (with VHDL Design), Spring 2014-2017

EE320/L, Electronics I, Fall 2013-2015

EE/CENG 421/521,  Communication Systems, Spring 2013, Fall 2014

EE626, Wireless Communications, Fall 2012, Spring 2014, Fall 2016 

CENG 444/544 Computer Networks, Spring 2017

EE 492/592 Wireless Communications and Network Security, Fall 2017

Zhiming Hong (current)
Suraj Singh  (current)
Mini Khanal (current)
Prosanta Paul  (graduated, Aug 2014)
Md. Nashid Anjum (graduated, May 2015)
Jems Pradhan  (graduated, Aug 2015)


1. PI , "Opitmal Joint Spectrum Allocation and Scheduling for Single-hop and Multi-hop Cognitive Radio Networks", NSF ECCS, Jul1, 2013-Jun 30, 2017

2. Co-PI , "Prototype for Basic Expeditionary Airfield Resoruce (BEAR) system for Load & Installation Management", 

Sub-contract from EATON Corporation, Jul1, 2014-Jun 30, 2018

3. Co-PI , "Smart Shelter Power Managment and Communication System", Air Force, Sep1, 2015-Aug 31, 2017



Y. Zhao, MD N. Anjum, M. Song, X. Xu and G. Wang, “Opitmal Resource Allocation for Delay Constrained Users in Self-coexistence WRAN ”,
IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM
), 2015. 

P. Prostanta, C. Xin, M. Song and Y. Zhao, “Spectrum Sensing for a Subdivided Band in Cognitive Radio Networks ”,
International Conference on Computer Communications and Networks (ICCCN)
, 2015. 

W. Tian, Y. Zhang, R. Fu, Y. Zhao, G. Wang and R. Winter, “Modeling and Control Architecture of Source and Load Management in Islanded Power System”, IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Expo (ECCE), 2015.

Y. Zhao, J. Huang, W. Wang and R. Zaman, “Detection of Primary Users Signal in Cognitive Radio Networks: Angle of Arrival Based Approach ”,
IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM
), 2014. 

Y. Zhao, J. Pradham, J. Huang and H. Sun, “Experimental Approach: Energy-and-Bandwidth Spectrum Sensing Using GNU Radio and USRP”,
ACM Research in Adaptive and Convergent Systems (RACS)
, 2014.

MD N. Anjum, Y. Zhao, J. Huang and W. Wang, “Fairness-oriented Spectrum Sharing for ODFC-based WRAN ”,
ACM Research in Adaptive and Convergent Systems (RACS), 2014.

Y. Zhao, P. Paul, C. Xin and M. Song, “Performance Analysis of Spectrum Sensing with Mobile SUs in Cognitive Radio Networks”,
IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC)
, 2014.

Y. Zhao, MD N. Anjum and M. Song, “A New Inteference Model for the IEEE 802.22 Cognitive WRAN ”,
International Conference on Computer Communications and Networks (ICCCN), 2014.

J. Huang, Y. Zhao and K. Sohraby, “Resource Allocation for Intercell Device-to-Device Communication Underlaying Cellular Network: A Game-Theoretic Approach ”, International Conference on Computer Communications and Networks (ICCCN), 2014.

Y. Zhao, D. Anagnostou, J. Huang and K. Sohraby, “AoA based Sensing and Performance Analysis in Cognitive Radio Networks ”,
National Wireless Research Collaboration Symposium (NWRCS), 2014.

Y. Zhao,  B. Panigrahi, K. Sohraby and W. Wang,  “Interference Modeling and Analysis in Cognitve Radio Networks”,
 International Journal of Handheld Computing, 2013. 

Y. Zhao, M. Song and C. Xin, “FMAC: A Fair MAC Protocol for Coexisting Cognitive Radio Networks ”, ”,
IEEE INFOCOM 2013, Apr 2013 (Acceptance Rate: 280/1613=17%). [pdf]

Y. Zhao,  M. Song, C. Xin and M. Wadhwa,  “Spectrum Sensing Based on Three-State Model to Accomplish All-level Fairness for Co-existing Multiple Cognitive Radio Networks”, IEEE INFOCOM 2012, Mar 2012 (Acceptance Rate: 278/1547=18%). [pdf]


Y. Zhao, B. Panigrahi, R. Wang and K. Sohraby,  “Analytical Interference Model in CSMA-based Cognitive Radio Networks ”,
International conference on Electro/Information Technolgy (EIT), May 2013. [pdf]

 B. Panigrahi, Y. Zhao, and K. Sohraby,  “Deep Space Autonomous Network Using Reverse Channel for Congestion Control ”,
International conference on Electro/Information Technolgy (EIT), May 2013. [pdf]

 Y. Zhao, M. Song, and C. Xin,  FMAC for Coexisting Ad Hoc Cognitive Radio Networks ”,  
 International Conference on Wireless Algorithms, Systems, and Applications (WASA), Aug 2013. [pdf]  

 D. B. Rawat, Y. Zhao, G. Yan and M. Song,  “CRAVE: Cognitive Radio Enabled Vehicular Communications in Heterogeneous Networks”,
 IEEE Radio and Wireless Week (RWW), Jan 2013.

 M. Song, C. Xin, Y. Zhao and Xiuzhen Cheng,  “Dynamic Spectrum Access:   From Cognitive Radio to Network Radio”,
 IEEE Wireless Communications,  Feb 2012.      

 Y. Zhao, M. Song, and C. Xin,  A Weighted Cooperative Spectrum Sensing Framework for Infrastructure-based Cognitive Radio Networks”,
 Computer  Communications, Elsevier, vol. 34, Issue 12, Pages 1510-1517, 2011. [pdf]

 Y. Zhao and M. Song,  “Access Point Selection Algorithm for Multi-rate WLANs to Optimise Throughput and Guarantee Fairness”,   
 International Journal of Ad Hoc and Ubiquitous Computing, vol. 8, no. 3, 2011. 

 Y. Zhao, M. Song and C. Xin,  “Delay Analysis for Cognitive Radio Networks Supporting Heterogeneous Traffic”,
 IEEE Communications Society Conference on Sensor, Mesh and Ad Hoc Communications and Networks (SECON), Jun 2011 (Acceptance Rate: 66/241=27%). [pdf]

 J. Wang, M. Song and Y. Zhao,  “Interference-Aware Multicast in Wireless Mesh Networks with Directional Antennas”,
 IEEE International Conference on Networking, Architecture, and Storage (NAS), Jul 2010. [pdf]

 Y. Zhao, M. Song, J. Wang and E. K. Park,  “Throughput Measurement based Access Point Selection for Multi-rate Wireless LANs”,
 International Conference on Wireless Algorithms, Systems, and Applications (WASA), Best Paper Award , Aug 2009. [pdf]

 M. Song, Y. Zhao, J. Wang and E. K. Park,  “A High Throughput Load Balance Algorithm for Multichannel Wireless Sensor Networks”,
 IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), Jun 2009 (Acceptance Rate: 1046/3000= 34.9%). [pdf]




National Science Foundation (NSF) Panelist,  2013, 2014.

Conference TPC Member (Selected) Technical Reviewer (Selected)