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Nan Cen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science

Courses Taught

CSCI 4/5550 Computer Networks


  • Ph.D. in Computer Engineering, Northeastern University
  • M.S. in Electrical Engineering, University at Buffalo, the State University of New York

Practice Areas

Nan Cen received my Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Northeastern University in 2019, under the supervision of Professor Tommaso Melodia. I also received my M.S. in Electrical Engineering from The State University of New York at Buffalo in 2014. Nan directs the Wireless Networks and Intelligent Systems (WNIS) Lab at SLU, with research interests in modeling, control, and system design for next-generation intelligent wireless networks.  

Research Interests

  • Wireless Networks (Space, Air, and Ground)
  • Intelligent Networking Control
  • Wireless Optical (Visible Light/Laser) Networks
  • Software Defined Networks
  • Digital Twin

Labs and Facilities

Wireless Networks and Intelligent Systems (WNIS) Lab, Ritter Hall 019

Publications and Media Placements

P. Hou, N. Cen, "Proximal Policy Optimization for User Association in Hybrid LiFi/WiFi Indoor Networks," accepted into IEEE Globecom 2023. 

P. Hou, N. Cen, "DC-PPO for Joint User Association and Power Allocation in Dynamic Indoor Hybrid VLC/RF Networks," accepted into IEEE MASS 2023. 

Y. Long, N. Cen, "Q-learning for Sum-Throughput Optimization in Wireless Visible-Light UAV Networks," in Proc. of IEEE INFOCOM WKSHPS DroneCom, May 2023.

Y. Zhang, N. Cen, "Programmable Software-Defined Testbed for Visible Light UAV Networks: Architecture Design and Implementation," in Proc. of IEEE Consumer Communications & Networking Conference, January 2023. 

Y. Long, N. Cen, "Sum-Rate Optimization for Visible-Light-Band UAV Networks Based on Particle Swarm Optimization ", in Proc. of IEEE Consumer Communications & Networking Conference, January 2022. 

N. Cen, Z. Guan, T. Melodia, "Compressed Sensing based Low-Power Multi-view Video Coding and Transmission in Wireless Multi-path Multi-hop Networks"  in IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, 2021. [pdf] [bibtex]

Z. Guan, N. Cen, T. Melodia, S. Pudlewski " Joint Power, Association and Flight Control for Massive-MIMO Self-Organizing Flying Drones," in IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, 2020. [pdf] [bibtex]

N. Cen, "FLight: Towards Programmable Visible-Light-Band Wireless UAV Networking,"  in Proc. of ACM Mobicom Workshop on LIGHT UP THE IOT, London, United Kingdom, September 2020. [pdf] [bibtex]

N. Cen, S. K. Das, " Unlocking the Potential of Visible-Light Communication toward Broadband Connectivity," in National Science Foundation (NSF) Workshop on Wireless, Spectrum & Innovation, Washington D. C., USA, August 27 & 28, 2020.

N. Cen, N. Dave, E. Demirors, Z. Guan, T. Melodia, "LiBeam: Throughput-Optimal Cooperative Beamforming for Indoor Visible Light Networks," in Proc. of IEEE Conference on Computer Communications (InfoCom), Paris, France, April 2019. [pdf[bibtex]

Z. Guan, Nan Cen, T. Melodia, Scott Pudlewski, "Self-Organizing Flying Drones with Massive MIMO Networking," in Proc. of Mediterranean Ad Hoc Networking Workshop (Med-Hoc-Net), Capri, Italy, June 2018. [pdf[bibtex]

N. Cen, J. Jagannath, S. Simone, Z. Guan, T. Melodia, " LANET: Visible-Light Ad Hoc Networks," in Ad Hoc Networks (Elsevier), 2018. [pdf[bibtex]

N. Cen, Z. Guan, T. Melodia, " Inter-view Motion Compensated Joint Decoding of Compressive-Sampled Multiview Video Streaming," in IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, vol. 19, no. 6, pp. 1117-1126, June 2017. [pdf[bibtex]

N. Cen, Z. Guan, T. Melodia, "Multiview Wireless Video Streaming Based on Compressed Sensing: Architecture and Network Optimization," in Proc. of ACM Intl. Symp. on Mobile Ad Hoc Networking and Computing (MobiHoc), Hangzhou, China, June 2015. [pdf[bibtex]