Jing Zhang

Former Research Assistant at Boston University

Division of Systems Engineering

College of Engineering

Boston University

 

15 Saint Mary's Street, Room 118

Brookline, MA 02446, USA

Email: jzh@bu.edu

 

 

 

Phone: (857)998-8625

 

 

Research Interests

I (as a graduate student) joined the Division of Systems Engineering, Boston University, in September 2013, and received the PhD degree in September 2017. My research lies in two-fold. One is using applied probability, stochastic processes, and optimization theory to deal with modeling and algorithms development. In particular, recently we have been working on a problem regarding an anomaly detection algorithm, which aims to improve the accuracy of the threshold needed by a generalized Hoeffding test. To outperform the existing methods (typically using the large deviations theory), we have established some weak convergence results for certain quantities of interest. The other is about an inverse optimization problem, which aims to estimate the travel latency cost functions in transportation networks with Wardrop's traffic flow equilibrium model setting. Our work can help improve cyber security and deepen mechanism understanding of and better planning for the transportation systems, thus hopefully helping build smarter cities, both in the US and other countries all over the world.

 

Awards

1. System's Fellowship, Boston University, Boston, MA, USA, 2013/2014

2. One of the Top Ten Finalists awarded for the project "Detecting Data Exfiltration from a Networked Infrastructure," Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC) 2016 Student Poster Competition (nationwide), Boston, MA, USA, November 2016

3. Travel Award, Boston University, Boston, MA, USA, 2016/2017

4. BARI Research Seed Grant awarded for the project "Detecting Non-Typical Traffic Jams Using Waze Data," Boston Area Research Initiative; in the News, Boston, MA, USA, 2017

5. Second Place (New England area), Net Impact & Toyota Next Generation Mobility Challenge; in the News, Boston, MA, USA, 2017

 

Academic Positions

Teaching Assistant

September 2013 - December 2013

EK102 Introduction to Linear Algebra for Engineers

September 2014 - December 2014

EK127 Introduction to Engineering Computation

Research Assistant

May 2014 - August 2017

Network Optimization and Control Laboratory (Advisor: Professor Ioannis Ch. Paschalidis)

 

Academic Services

Peer Reviewer

    Journals

  • Proceedings of the IEEE
  • Journal of Sustainable Development of Transport and Logistics
  • KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems
  • The IEEE Control Systems Letters
  • Peer-to-Peer Networking and Applications
  • Pervasive and Mobile Computing
  • IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
  • IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking
  • IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering
  • Journal of Control Theory and Applications
  • Conferences

  • 2018 American Control Conference (ACC 2018)
  • The 56th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC 2017)
  • Chinese Control Conference 2017
  • IFAC World Congress 2017
  • Chinese Control Conference 2013
Student Host

  • NSF Workshop on Smart and Connected Health, Boston, MA, USA, March 20-22, 2017. Link

 

Preprints and Publications

Journal Articles

1. Jing Zhang and Ioannis Ch. Paschalidis, "Joint Data-Driven Recovery of Travel Time Functions and Origin-Destination Demand in Multi-Class Transportation Networks," under review.

2. Jing Zhang, Sepideh Pourazarm, Christos G. Cassandras, and Ioannis Ch. Paschalidis, "The Price of Anarchy in Transportation Networks: Data-Driven Evaluation and Reduction Strategies," Proceedings of the IEEE: special issue on "Smart Cities," accepted.

3. Jing Zhang and Ioannis Ch. Paschalidis, "Statistical Anomaly Detection via Composite Hypothesis Testing for Markov Models," IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, accepted. arXiv:1702.08435

4. Jing Zhang and Han-Fu Chen, "Parameter Estimation of Switched Hammerstein Systems," Acta Mathematicae Applicatae Sinica, in print. arXiv:1210.8296

Conference Papers

1. Jing Zhang and Ioannis Ch. Paschalidis, "Data-Driven Estimation of Travel Latency Cost Functions via Inverse Optimization in Multi-Class Transportation Networks," Proceedings of the 56th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, December 12-15, 2017, Melbourne, Australia, accepted. arXiv:1703.04010

2. Jing Zhang, Sepideh Pourazarm, Christos G. Cassandras, and Ioannis Ch. Paschalidis, "Data-driven Estimation of Origin-Destination Demand and User Cost Functions for the Optimization of Transportation Networks," The 20th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control, July 9-14, 2017, Toulouse, France, accepted as Invited Session Paper. arXiv:1610.09580

3. Jing Zhang, Sepideh Pourazarm, Christos G. Cassandras, and Ioannis Ch. Paschalidis, "The Price of Anarchy in Transportation Networks by Estimating User Cost Functions from Actual Traffic Data," Proceedings of the 55th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, pp. 789-794, December 12-14, 2016, Las Vegas, NV, USA, Invited Session Paper.

4. Jing Zhang and Ioannis Ch. Paschalidis, "An Improved Composite Hypothesis Test for Markov Models with Applications in Network Anomaly Detection," Proceedings of the 54th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, pp. 3810-3815, December 15-18, 2015, Osaka, Japan.

Theses

1. Jing Zhang, "Detection and Optimization Problems with Applications in Smart Cities," PhD dissertation, Boston University, Boston, MA, US, September 2017.

2. Jing Zhang, "Recursive Identification for a Class of Switched Nonlinear Systems," MS thesis, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China, April 2013.

 

Presentations

1. "From Data to Less Congested Boston Roads;" abstract, Data-Driven Research, Policy, & Practice: Lessons from Boston, for Boston, Boston, MA, USA, March 2017

2. "Detection and Optimization Problems with Applications in Smart Cities;" slides, A Workshop at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, December 2016

3. "The Price of Anarchy in Transportation Networks by Estimating User Cost Functions from Actual Traffic Data;" slides, Proceedings of the 55th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Las Vegas, NV, USA, December 2016

4. "Detecting Data Exfiltration from a Networked Infrastructure;" abstract, poster, Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC) 2016 Student Poster Competition, Boston, MA, USA, November 2016

5. "An Improved Composite Hypothesis Test for Markov Models with Applications in Network Anomaly Detection;" slides, Center for Information & Systems Engineering (CISE) Graduate Student Workshop at Boston University, Boston, MA, USA, January 2016

 

Software Packages

1. "Inverse Variational Inequalities along with optimization problems arising in Traffic networks (InverseVIsTraffic)," 2016. Link

2. "ROC analysis for Hoeffding test under Markovian assumption (ROCHM)," 2016. Link

3. "converting BiNetflow file To Social Interaction Graphs file (BiNetflowToSIGs)," 2015. Link

4. "Threshold Approximation for Hoeffding's Test under I.I.D. Assumption (TAID)," 2015. Link

5. "Threshold Approximation for Hoeffding's Test under Markovian Assumption (TAM)," 2015. Link

6. (with Jing Wang and Ioannis Ch. Paschalidis) "Statistical Anomaly Detector of Internet Traffic (SADIT)," 2014. Link

 

Datasets

1. Jing Zhang, Sepideh Pourazarm, Christos G. Cassandras, and Ioannis Ch. Paschalidis, "Eastern Massachusetts (EMA) highway benchmark network," 2017. Link

 

Projects in Progress

1. "Optimization of Massachusetts Transportation Network: Route Choice Analysis." Link

2. "Optimization of Massachusetts Transportation Network: Evaluation of Price of Anarchy (PoA)." Link

3. "Optimization of Massachusetts Transportation Network: Meta Analysis;" refer to Md Aftabuzzaman, "Measuring Traffic Congestion: A Critical Review," 2007. Link

4. "Revision of 'Statistical Anomaly Detection via Composite Hypothesis Testing for Markov Models.'" Link

5. "The Mismatched Test for Markovian Samples.'" Link

6. "An example of GLS method." Link

7. "Route Choice Analysis (Apr AM)." Link

8. "Route Choice Analysis (Apr PM)." Link

9. "Route Choice Analysis (Apr MD)." Link

10. "Route Choice Analysis (Apr NT)." Link

11. "Route Choice Analysis (Apr weekend)." Link