Wenzhi Fang

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Hello and welcome! I am currently a first-year PhD student at Purdue University, majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering, under the supervision of Prof. Christopher G. Brinton. Previous to that, I obtained my master's degree in Communication and Information Systems at ShanghaiTech University. I had a delightful journey at ShanghaiTech, and I was especially fortunate to be advised by Prof. Yong Zhou and Prof. Yuanming Shi. In addition, from Aug. 2022 to Feb. 2023, I served as a research intern in the Optimization for Machine Learning lab at KAUST led by Prof. Peter Richtaric.

Email: fang375@purdue.edu

Address: Rm. 051, BHEE, West Lafayette, IN, 47906, US.
Phone: +1 (765) 694-5334


I have been admitted to Purdue ECE, beginning in Fall 2023.


My research interests include

  • Distributed Optimization Theory.

  • Optimization for Communication.

  • Optimization for Federated Learning.


  1. W. Fang, Dong-Jun Han, Christopher G. Brinton, "Submodel Partitioning in Hierarchical Federated Learning: Algorithm Design and Convergence Analysis ", 2023. [pdf]


  1. W. Fang, Ziyi Yu, Yuning Jiang, Yuanming Shi, Colin N. Jones, and Yong Zhou, "Communication-Efficient Stochastic Zeroth-Order Optimization for Federated Learning ", IEEE Trans. Signal Process. vol. 70, pp. 5058-5073, 2022. [pdf] [code] [slides]

  2. W. Fang, Y. Jiang, Y. Shi, Y. Zhou, W. Chen, and K. Letaief, "Over-the-Air Computation via Reconfigurable Intelligent Surface", IEEE Trans. Commun., vol. 69, no. 12, pp. 8612-8626, Dec. 2021. [pdf] [code]

  3. W. Fang, Y. Zou, H. Zhu, Y. Shi, and Y. Zhou, "Optimal Receive Beamforming for Over-the-Air Computation ", in Proc. IEEE SPAWC, Virtual Conferences, Sept. 2021. [pdf] [code]

  4. W. Fang, M. Fu, K. Wang, Y. Shi, and Y. Zhou, "Stochastic Beamforming for Reconfigurable Intelligent Surface Aided Over-the-Air Computation", in Proc. IEEE Globecom, Virtual Conference, Dec. 2020. [pdf ]

  5. W. Fang, M. Fu, Y. Shi, and Y. Zhou, "Outage Minimization for Intelligent Reflecting Surface Aided MISO Communication Systems via Stochastic Beamforming", in Proc. IEEE SAM, Virtual Conference, Jun. 2020. [pdf]