ML Seminar: Zhi Ding

The UMN Machine Learning Seminar Series brings together faculty, students, and local industrial partners who are interested in the theoretical, computational, and applied aspects of machine learning, to pose problems, exchange ideas, and foster collaborations. The talks are every Tuesday from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. during the Spring 2023 semester.

This week's speaker, Zhi Ding (ECE, UC Davis), will be giving a talk titled "Non-Blackbox Deep Learning for Massive MIMO Wireless Communication Systems".


The proliferation of advanced wireless services, such as virtual reality, autonomous driving, and internet of things, has generated increasingly intense pressure to develop intelligent wireless communication systems to meet networking needs posed by extremely high data rates, massive numbers of connected devices, and ultra-low latency. Deep learning (DL) has been recently emerged as an exciting design tool to advance the development of wireless communication system with some demonstrated successes. In this tutorial, we review the principles of applying DL for improving wireless network performance by integrating the underlying characteristics of channels in practical massive MIMO deployment. We introduce important insights derived from the physical RF channel properties and present a comprehensive overview on the application of DL for accurately estimating channel state information (CSI) of forward channels with low feedback overhead. We provide examples of successful DL application in CSI estimation for massive MIMO wireless systems and highlight several promising directions for future research.


Dr. Zhi Ding (S'88-M'90-SM'95-F'03, IEEE) holds the position of Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Davis. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University in 1990. From 1990 to 2000, he was a faculty member of Auburn University and later, the University of Iowa. He has coauthored over 400 technical papers and two books. Dr. Ding is a coauthor of the text: Modern Digital and Analog Communication Systems, 4th edition and 5th edition, Oxford University Press.

Dr. Ding is a Fellow of IEEE and has been an active member of IEEE, serving on technical programs of several workshops and conferences. He served both as a Member and also the Chair of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications Steering Committee from 2007-2001. Dr. Ding was the Technical Program Chair of the 2006 IEEE Globecom and the General Chair of the 2016 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP). He served as an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer (Circuits and Systems Society, 2004-06, Communications Society, 2008-09). He received the 2012 Wireless Communications Recognition Award and the 2020 Education Award from the IEEE Communications Society.

Start date
Tuesday, March 28, 2023, 11 a.m.
End date
Tuesday, March 28, 2023, Noon

3-180 Keller Hall and via Zoom