Dr. Yimin D. Zhang was born in Zhejiang, China, in December 1964. He graduated from the Northwest Telecommunications Engineering Institute (now Xidian University), Xi'an, China, in 1982, and received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan, in 1985 and 1988, respectively.
Dr. Zhang joined the faculty of the Department of Radio Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing, China, in1988. From 1995 to 1997, he was a Senior Technical Manager at the Communications Laboratory Japan, Kawasaki, Japan. From 1997 to 1998 he was a Researcher at the ATR Adaptive Communications Research Laboratories, Kyoto, Japan. From 1998 to 2015, he was with the Villanova University, Villanova, PA, where he was a Research Professor at the Center for Advanced Communications and directed the Wireless Communications and Positioning Lab and the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Lab. Since August 2015, he has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, where is an Associate Professor and the director of the Advanced Signal Processing (ASP) Lab.
Dr. Zhang's research interests are in the areas of statistical signal and array processing, compressive sensing, computational imaging, time-frequency analysis, machine learning, and optimization aplied in for communications, radar, satellite navigation, and radio astronomy. His publications include 120 journal papers, 14 book chapters, and more than 260 peer-reviewed conference papers. He holds a Japanese patent.
Dr. Zhang is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a Fellow of the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE). He is a member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society's Signal Processing Theory and Methods (SPTM) Technical Committee, and a past member of the Sensor Array and Multichannel (SAM) Technical Committee. He is an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, and an editor for the Signal Processing (Elsevier) journal. He was an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, IEEE Signal Processing Letters, and Journal of the Franklin Institute. He serves in a number of Technical Committees and Technical Program Committees for international conferences. He was a Technical Co-Chair of the 2018 IEEE Sensor Array and Multichannel Signal Processing (SAM) Workshop, a Technical Area Chair (Array Processing and Multisensor Systems) of the 2019 Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers, and a Track Co-Chair (Radar Detection and Estimation Theory) of the 2020 IEEE Radar Conference.
Dr. Zhang has been a Principal Investigator and a Co-Principal Investigator of more than $6M contracts and grants from the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA). He is a recipient of the 2016 IET Radar, Sonar & Navigation Premium Award, the 2017 IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS) Mimno Award, the 2019 IET Communications Premium Award, and the 2021 EURASIP Best Paper Award for Signal Processing. He is a coauthor of a paper that received the 2018 IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS) Young Author Best Paper Award.