University of California, Riverside

Bourns College of Engineering

Zhengyuan (Daniel) Xu

Faculty Profile

Faculty Profile

Zhengyuan (Daniel) Xu

Professor of Electrical Engineering
Director, Center for Ubiquitous Communication by Light (UC-Light)
Zhengyuan (Daniel) Xu

Ph.D. Electrical Engineering
Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ, 1999

425 Winston Chung Hall
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA 92521

Telephone: 951-827-2986
Facsimile: 951-827-2425
Personal Webpage

Former Institution: Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ


Professor Zhengyuan (Daniel) Xu received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electronic engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1989 and 1991, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ, in 1999. From 1991 to 1996, he was a system engineer and department manager at the Tsinghua Unisplendour Group Corporation, Tsinghua University. Since 1999, he has been a faculty member in the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of California, Riverside, where he is currently a Professor with tenure. He is Director of a Multi-campus Research Center for Ubiquitous Communication by Light (UC-Light), funded by the University of California Office of the President. He has held visiting positions at Stanford University and the University of Science and Technology of China.

Dr. Xu has served as an associate editor and guest editor for various IEEE journals in communications or signal processing. He is Senior Member of IEEE, and an elected member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society’s Technical Committee on Signal Processing for Communications. He has served as a session chair, technical program committee chair and member for many international conferences.


  • B.S. Electonic Engineering 1989 Tsinghua University, Beijing
  • M.S. Electronic Engineering 1991 Tsinghua University, Beijing
  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering 1999 Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ


  • Motorola Scholarship, Tsinghua University, 1991
  • Peskin Award, Stevens Institute of Technology, NJ, 1999
  • Regents’ Faculty Award, UCR, 2001, 2003, 2005

Research Areas

Dr. Xu’s current research interests lie in wireless communications, networking, and signal processing. They include multiuser spread spectrum, impulse radio, ultra-wideband, atmospheric ultraviolet communication, visible light communication, geolocation, navigation, intelligent transportation, ultraviolet imaging and sensing, hybrid radio frequency and optical communication, sensor and ad hoc networks.

Selected Publications

  • G. Chen, Z. Xu, H. Ding, and B. M. Sadler, “Path loss modeling and performance trade-off study for short-range non-line-of-sight ultraviolet communications,” Optics Express, vol. 17, no. 5, pp. 3929-3940, March 2009.
  • Z. Xu and B. M. Sadler, “Ultraviolet communications: potential and state-of-the-art,” IEEE Communications Magazine, vol. 46, no. 5, pp. 67-73, May 2008.
  • J. Tang, Z. Xu, and B. M. Sadler, “Performance analysis of b-bit digital receivers for TR-UWB systems with inter-pulse interference,” IEEE Trans. on Wireless Communications, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 494-505, February 2007.
  • Z. Xu and B. M. Sadler, “Multiuser transmitted reference ultra wideband communication systems,” IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications: Special Issue on Ultra Wideband Wireless Communications - Theory and Applications, vol. 24, no. 4, Part 1, pp. 766-772, April 2006.
  • Z. Xu and X. Wang, “Large-sample performance of blind and group-blind multiuser detectors: a perturbation perspective,” IEEE Trans. on Information Theory, vol. 50, no. 10, pp. 2389-2401, October 2004.

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University of California, Riverside
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Riverside, CA 92521
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Bourns College of Engineering
446 Winston Chung Hall

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