Zhenge (Kevin) Jia

PhD Student
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Pittsburgh
Supervised by Dr. Jingtong Hu

Email: zhenge [DOT] jia [AT] pitt [DOT] edu


About Me

Hi, my name is Zhenge (Kevin) Jia. I am a Ph.D. student at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Pittsburgh.

I obtained my Bachelor's degree in Advanced Computing from Australian National University in 2017.


My research interest is energy harvesting and wireless sensors networks.

AttentiveLearner Wireless Powered Communication Networks (WPCN)
    Frequent battery replacement recharging is often costly due to the large number of wireless devices in use, and even infeasible in many critical applications. RF-enabled wireless energy transfer (WET) technology provides an attractive solution by powering wireless devices with continuous and stable energy over the air. Wireless receivers could harvest energy remotely from RF signals radiated by an energy transmitter. Wireless powered communication (WPC), where sensors transmitter and decode information using the harvested energy, is commonly used for supporting low-power devices. This technique would be an important building block of many industrial and commercial systems including Internet of Things (IoT) as well as Wireless Sensors Network (WSN).

    The wireless powered sensors manufactured by Powercast is an experimental platform of active wireless sensors network (Sensros could send information to sink). Powercast's contactless charging technology provides over-the-air power at a distance to multiple devices – no wires, charging mats or direct line of sight needed. A transmitter sends RF energy to Powercast's Powerharvester receiver embedded in a device, which converts it to direct current (DC) to directly power that device or recharge its batteries. Another wireless powered sensros, Wireless Identification and Sensing Platform (WISP) is an open source and fully hackable battery-free platform for experimentation with low power sensing, computation, and communication. Its communication is based on the RF backscattering, which is a passive communication method.

    We want to make a heterogeneous wireless powered networks using WISP and Powercast wireless powered sensors and explore the potential research problems in this field.



ECE 0142 Computer Organization, Spring 2018

Courses Taken

ECE 3997Research, Ph.D.
ECE 3998Research Independent Study
CS 2150Design and Analysis of Algorithms
ECE 3893Graduate Seminar