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ECE Professor Yingying Chen Receives Chancellor and Provost Award for Pioneering Research 

Each spring, the Rutgers University Chancellor and Provost Awards for Faculty Excellence honor faculty members who have been nominated by their peers for contributions distinguished by innovative teaching, research, artistic expression, public engagement, and service. 

Yingying Chen, a professor and department chair in the School of Engineering Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and an associate director of the Wireless Information Network Laboratory (WINLAB), is the 2023-2024 Provost Award for Pioneering Research. 

“The Provost Award is truly meaningful to me. I feel both humbled and gratified to have been nominated for pioneering research and to have received recognition at the university level, and for the strong support from the School of Engineering (SoE),” says Chen.  

A World-Renowned Leader 

The Provost Award for Pioneering Research acknowledges the transformative societal impact – especially to smart homes, smart healthcare, and public safety areas – of Chen’s groundbreaking research in mobile sensing and mobile systems security.  

Her world-renowned leadership in her field is the result of her fundamental contributions for more than 25 years in both academia and industry. The Provost Award recognizes her many patented innovations, influential contributions to Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) standards, and more.  

As an example, she reports that Aerial Technologies’ licensing of two of her patents since 2016 has led to successful products in remote care solutions, as well as a prestigious Leading Innovators Award in Wi-Fi Motion Analytics.  

While she is the co-author of three seminal books – Securing Emerging Wireless Systems,  Pervasive Wireless Environments, and Sensing Vehicle Conditions for Detecting Driving Behaviors– Chen’s cutting-edge research has further resulted in more than 300 peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers. 

An Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) Fellow, an IEEE Fellow, an Asia-Pacific Artificial Intelligence Association (AAIA) Fellow, and a National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Fellow, Chen’s broad-ranging expertise and influence has been widely reported on by leading media outlets including the MIT Technology Review, Wall Street Journal, CNN, and Fox News. 

“This high recognition from the university of my research accomplishments strongly encourages me personally to continue my service and contributions to Rutgers, SoE, and ECE” Chen says.