John Villasenor

John Villasenor

John Villasenor ( is a professor of electrical engineering and public policy at UCLA and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC. He is also Vice Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Intellectual Property System, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and an affiliate at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford.

Villasenor’s research considers the broader impacts of key technology trends including the move to the cloud, the globalization of technology product design and manufacturing, advances in digital communications and electronics, and the increasing complexity of today’s networks and systems. He writes frequently on these topics and on their implications with respect to cybersecurity, digital media policy, intellectual property, and digital privacy.

He has written for the Atlantic, Billboard, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Fast Company, Forbes, the Huffington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Scientific American, Slate, and the Washington Post, and for many academic journals. Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA, Villasenor was with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he developed methods of imaging the earth from space. He holds a B.S. from the University of Virginia, and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Jianwen Chen

Jiawen Chen
Postdoctoral Researcher

Jianwen Chen ( received the Ph.D. degrees from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 2007 in Electrical Engineering. From 2007 to 2010, he was a Staff Researcher in IBM Research, where he conducted research on wireless communication systems and multi-core video coding architectures. Dr. Chen has joined the Image Communications Lab of UCLA in September 2010. His current research addresses high efficiency video coding, high performance computing architectures, and medical imaging. He has over 40 publications, is a senior member of IEEE and has served as the chairman of the MPEG Internet Video Codec Ad-hoc Group since February 2012.

Zhuang Jin

Zhuang Jin
M.S. Candidate

Zhuang Jin ( received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Zhejiang University in 2011. At UCLA, he is currently working towards an MS in the area of communication systems. His current research is focused on cellular network modeling.

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Pooya Monajemi

Pooya Monajemi Ph.D Candidate

Pooya Monajemi ( received his BS in Electrical Engineering from UC Irvine in 2006, after which he joined UCLA for graduate studies. He obtained an M.S. EE in 2007 and is currently working towards a PhD in the area of communication systems. Pooya’s current research is focused on cellular network modeling, with emphasis on the next generation packet data services and upcoming technologies such as femtocells. Apart from his academic life, Pooya pursues photography as a hobby.