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, in 1988. 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, information theory, compressive sensing, computational imaging, time-frequency analysis, machine learning, and optimization applied to wireless communications, radar, satellite navigation, and radio astronomy. His publications include 136 journal papers, 17 book chapters, and more than 280 peer-reviewed conference papers. He holds a US patent and a Japanese patent.
Dr. Zhang is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a Fellow of the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), and a Fellow of the Asia-Pacific Artificial Intelligence Association (AAIA). 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 a founding member of the Integrated Sensing and Communication Emerging Technology Initiative of the IEEE Communications Society and an inaugural member of the IEEE Integrated Sensing and Communication Technical Working Group of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. He is a Senior Area Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing and an Editor for the Signal Processing (Elsevier) journal. He was an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, 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 is selected as a 2024 IEEE Signal Processing Society Distinguisher Lecturer serving for the term from January 1, 2024 through December 31, 2025.
Dr. Zhang is a Principal Investigator and a Co-Principal Investigator of more than $7M grants and contracts from National Science Foundation (NSF), Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), Office of Naval Research (ONR), 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 coauthored two papers that respectively received the 2018 and 2021 IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS) Young Author Best Paper Awards.