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       Pan Li
        Associate Professor
        Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
        Case School of Engineering
        Case Western Reserve University
        10900 Euclid Avenue
        Cleveland, OH 44106

        Office: 612 Olin
        Tel: 216-368-0382
        Fax: 216-368-3123

I am always looking for highly self-motivated Ph.D. students who are strongly committed to research. Click here for details.

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” — Hamlet, Act 1. Scene V, by William Shakespeare, abt. 1601


  • Congratulations to Sheng, who has accepted a Sensor Engineer position with Autoliv, Inc., Auburn Hills, Michigan! (08/05/2016)
  • Our group has joined the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Case Western Reserve University! (08/16/2015)
  • Congratulations to Sergio, who has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Wichita State University! (04/20/2015)
  • Congratulations to Arun, who has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Tuskegee University! (06/19/2014)
  • Congratulations to Mr. KV Sathya, who has accepted a Field Applications Engineer (Senior Staff) position in Avnet Inc., Raleigh, NC! (06/05/2014)
  • Congratulations to Ming, who has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at University of Nevada, Reno! (03/25/2014)

Brief Biography

Engineers think that equations are an approximation of reality. Physicists think reality is an approximation of the equations. Mathematicians never make the connection.

Pan Li received the B.E. degree in Electrical Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, in June 2005, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, in August 2009, respectively. Since Fall 2015, he has been with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Case Western Reserve University. He was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Mississippi State University between August 2009 and August 2015.

He has been an Editor for IEEE Wireless Communications Letters, IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications – Cognitive Radio Series, and IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials, and a Feature Editor for IEEE Wireless Communications. He received the NSF CAREER Award in 2012.


For every difficult and complicated question there is an answer that is simple, easily understood, and wrong.

Dr. Li is leading a Network, Energy, Security, and big daTa research group: NEST. His primary research interests include Below please find his group, publications, and funded research projects:

Current Graduate Students

Few minds wear out; more rust out.

  • David Armando, Master student (since Aug. 2015)
  • Sheng Cai, Ph.D.student (since Aug. 2013)
  • Xuhui Chen, Ph.D. student (since Aug. 2013)
  • Jinlong Ji, Ph.D. student (since Aug. 2014)
  • Weixian Liao, Ph.D. student (since Aug. 2012)
  • Robert Luo, Ph.D. student (since Jan. 2014)
  • Kaijin Zhang, Ph.D. student (since Aug. 2012)



Imagination is more important than knowledge.

  • DSCI 133: Introduction to Data Science and Engineering, Spring'17
  • EECS 414: Wireless Communications, Fall’16
  • EECS 351: Communications and Signal Analysis, Fall’15
  • ECE 3443: Signals and Systems, MSU, Fall’09|Fall’11
  • ECE 4813/6813: Communication Theory, MSU, Spring’10|Spring’11|Fall’13
  • ECE 4823/6823: Digital Communications, MSU, Fall’12|Spring’14
  • ECE 4833/6833: Data Communication Networks, MSU, Spring’11
  • ECE 8823: Wireless Networks, MSU, Spring’12|Fall’13|Fall’14
  • ECE 8990: Advanced Topics in Big Data, MSU, Spring’15
  • ECE 8990: Advanced Topics in Cloud Computing, MSU, Spring’13
  • ECE 8990: Advanced Topics in Cognitive Radio Networks, MSU, Spring’13|Spring’15
  • ECE 8990: Smart Grids, MSU, Spring’12 (Co-Instructor)
  • ECE 8990: Wireless Communications, MSU, Fall’10|Fall’12

Honors and Awards

  • Meritorious Service Certificate as a “Top Reviewer”, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (TPDS), April 2014
  • National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, 2012
  • Chair, Wireless Communication Working Group, supported by the Bagley College of Engineering and the Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) at MSU, 2011–2012
  • StatePride Faculty Award, Mississippi State University, 2011
  • StatePride Faculty Award, Mississippi State University, 2010

Professional Activities


  • Editor, IEEE Wireless Communications Letters, July 2016 – Present
  • Editor, IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications - Cognitive Radio Series, June 2012 – December 2014
  • Editor, IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials (COMST), January 2012 – December 2016
  • Feature Editor, IEEE Wireless Communications, October 2011 – Present
  • Guest Editor, International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks SI on Crowd and Mobile Sensing, 2014
  • Guest Editor, IEEE Wireless Communications SI on User Cooperation in Wireless Networks, 2011

Conference Organizing Committee

  • Technical Program Committee (TPC) Co-Chair, Wireless Networks Symposium, IEEE ICNC 2018, Maui, Hawaii, March 5-8, 2018
  • Leading Technical Program Committee (TPC) Co-Chair, Social Networks and Big Data (SNBD) Symposium, IEEE ICCC 2017, Qingdao, China, October 22-24, 2017
  • General Chair, the 3rd IEEE International Conference on Smart Data (SmartData’17), Exeter, UK, June 21-23, 2017
  • Technical Program Committee (TPC) Co-Chair, Ad-hoc, Mesh, Machine-to-Machine and Sensor Networks Track, IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC’14), Vancouver, BC, Canada, September 2014
  • Technical Program Committee (TPC) Co-Chair, Physical Layer Track, Wireless Communications Symposium (WCS’14), Washington, DC, April 2014
  • Publicity Chair, the 16th ACM International Conference on Modeling, Analysis and Simulation of Wireless and Mobile Systems (MSWiM’13), Barcelona, Spain, November 2013
  • Technical Program Committee (TPC) Co-Chair, Wireless Networking Symposium, IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC’13), Budapest, Hungary, June 2013
  • Poster Chair, the 10th IEEE Communications Society Conference on Sensor, Mesh and Ad Hoc Communications and Networks (SECON’13), New Orleans, LA, June 2013
  • Web Chair, the 31th IEEE Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM’12), Orlando, FL, March 2012

Technical Program Committee

  • BgData’17, ICC’17, INFOCOM’17
  • Globecom’16, ICC’16 INFOCOM’16, WASA’16
  • ICC’15, ICCC’15, ICCCN’15, INFOCOM’15
  • ChinaCom’14, GlobalSIP‘14, ICC’14, ICCC’14, ICCCN’14, INFOCOM’14, MobiSPC’14, Q2SWinet’14, QShine’14
  • ICC’13, ICCCN’13, ICCVE’13, ICNC’13, INFOCOM’13, ITASC’13, MASS’13, Q2SWinet’13, SmartGridComm’13
  • ICC’12, ICCC’12, ICCCN’12, ICCVE’12, ICNC’12, INFOCOM’12, MASS’12
  • CCNC’11, GLOBECOM’11, ICC’11, ICCCN’11, INFOCOM’11, IPCCC’11, MASS’11, NAS’11
  • ICC’10, INFOCOM’10, MASS’10, NAS’10, QShine’10


  • Systems and Methods for An Adaptive Power Controlled MAC Protocol for Wireless Ad Hoc Networks (WO2009089241)


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