Tianzhu Zhang

Paris-Saclay, France
Research Engineer

Research Interests


I am currently a research engineer at Nokia Bell Labs France and an associate member of Laboratory of Information, Networking and Communication Sciences (LINCS). In 2012, I graduated from the computer science department of Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) with Bachelor of Science degree. In October 2014, I obtained my Master of Science degree of computer and communication networks engineering from Politecnico di Torino (PoliTo), in Turin, Italy. From November 2014 to November 2017, I was a PhD candidate in a joint program between PoliTo and Telecom Italia, under the supervision of Prof. Paolo Giaccone and Dr. Pino Castrogiovanni. From June to August 2017, I was involved in a 3-month internship in Nokia Bell Labs (Paris), under the supervision of Dr. Massimo Gallo. From October 2017 to November 2019, I held a PostDoc position at LINCS, under a research grant from Telecom ParisTech and Cisco Systems. I had the pleasure to collaborate with Prof. Dario RossiProf. Luigi Iannone, and Prof. Leonardo Linguaglossa. My research focused on Software Defined Networking (SDN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV), and High-speed packet processing. Currently, I am also highly interested in Machine/Deep Learning, Network Security, and Internet of Things (IoT).

Selected articles and publications


  1. Tianzhu Zhang, Han Qiu, Marco Mellia, Yuanjie Li, Hewu Li, and Ke Xu. "Interpreting AI for Networking: Where We Are and Where We Are Going". IEEE Communications Magazine, vol. 60, no. 2 (2022): 25-31. 
  2. Han Qiu, Tianwei Zhang, Tianzhu Zhang, Hongyu Li, and Meikang Qiu. "Quantization as a Defense against Inference Slow-down Attack for Edge Computing". IEEE Internet of Things Journal (2022), doi: 10.1109/JIOT.2021.3138935.
  3. Tianzhu Zhang, Leonardo Linguaglossa, Paolo Giaccone, Luigi Iannone, and James Roberts. "Performance Benchmarking of State-of-the-Art Software Switches for NFV". Elsevier Computer Networks(2021): 107861. 
  4. Tianzhu Zhang, Han Qiu, Leonardo Linguaglossa, Walter Cerroni, and Paolo Giaccone. "NFV Platforms: Taxonomy, Design Choices and Future Challenges," in IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management, vol. 18, no. 1 (2020): 30-48. 
  5. Tianzhu Zhang, Leonardo Linguaglossa, Massimo Gallo, Paolo Giaccone, and Dario Rossi. "FloWatcher-DPDK: lightweight line-rate flow-level monitoring in software." IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management 16, no. 3 (2019): 1143-1156. 
  6. Tianzhu Zhang, Carla Fabiana Chiasserini, and Paolo Giaccone. "TAME: An efficient task allocation algorithm for integrated mobile gaming." IEEE Systems Journal 13, no. 2 (2018): 1546-1557. 
  7. Tianzhu Zhang, Paolo Giaccone, Andrea Bianco, and Samuele De Domenico. "The role of the inter-controller consensus in the placement of distributed SDN controllers." Elsevier Computer Communications 113 (2017): 1-13.

International conferences:

  1. Charles Shelbourne, Leonardo Linguaglossa, Tianzhu Zhang, and Aldo Lipani. "Inference of virtual network functions' state via analysis of the CPU behavior." ITC 33, 2021. 
  2. Tianzhu Zhang, Leonardo Linguaglossa, Massimo Gallo, Paolo Giaccone, Luigi Iannone, and James Roberts. "Comparing the performance of state-of-the-art software switches for NFV." ACM CoNEXT, 2019. 
  3. Charles Shelbourne, Leonardo Linguaglossa, Aldo Lipani, Tianzhu Zhang, and Fabien Geyer. "On the Learnability of Software Router Performance via CPU Measurements." ACM CoNEXT Student Workshop, 2019. 
  4. Tianzhu Zhang, Leonardo Linguaglossa, Massimo Gallo, Paolo Giaccone, and Dario Rossi. "FlowMon-DPDK: Parsimonious per-flow software monitoring at line rate." IEEE/IFIP TMA, 2018. 
  5. Tianzhu Zhang, Andrea Bianco, Paolo Giaccone, and Aliakbar Payandehdari Nezhad. "Dealing with misbehaving controllers in SDN networks." IEEE GLOBECOM, 2017. 
  6. Tianzhu Zhang, Andrea Bianco, Paolo Giaccone, Seyedaidin Kelki, Nicolas Mejia Campos, and Stefano Traverso. "On-the-fly traffic classification and control with a stateful SDN approach." IEEE ICC, 2017.  
  7. Tianzhu Zhang, Andrea Bianco, and Paolo Giaccone. "The role of inter-controller traffic in SDN controllers placement." IEEE NFV-SDN, 2016.