Yi Shang

I am a Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Missouri. In 1997, I received my Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and joined MU as an assistant professor.  From 2001 to 2003, I took a leave from MU and worked as a research scientist at the renowned Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (Xerox PARC) in the Silicon Valley, California. Over the past 20 years, I have conducted research in many areas, including nonlinear and combinatorial optimization, wireless sensor networks, machine learning, distributed and mobile computing, and bioinformatics,  and developed many new methods for challenging real-world problems such as artificial neural network training, filter banks design for signal processing, image compression, the satisfiability problem, hyper-redundant robotic manipulators control, web search and recommendation systems, wireless sensor network localization, routing, data fusion, and placement and scheduling, and protein sequence analysis and structure prediction. I have published over 200 refereed journal and conference papers and awarded 6 US patents. Some of my works are well received. For example, I pioneered the multidimensional scaling based approach for ad hoc network localization and one of my papers has been cited over 1700 times. I have been actively working on machine learning, big data analytics, mobile computing, and bioinformatics in recent years. My research projects have been funded by federal and industrial grants and contracts from NSF, NIH, DARPA, Microsoft, Raytheon, Missouri Department of Conservation, etc.

Old research overview and sample projects




Selected Funding

  • “Risk for Alcohol Impaired Driving: From the Laboratory to the Natural Environment,” $2.9M, NIH, 2017 - 2022.
  • “Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for Monitoring Wetland Conditions,” $50K, U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, 2018 - 2020.
  •  “REU SITE: Research in Consumer Networking Technologies,” $360K, NSF, 2017 - 2020.
  • “Computer Science Support in Conservation,” $128K, Missouri Department of Conservation, 2014 - 2019.
  • “Unstaffed Shooting Ranges: Use, Needs, and Compliance Survey Electronic Data Collection Development,” $90K, Missouri Department of Conservation, 2014 - 2018.
  •  “Development of MUFOLD for Building High-Accuracy Protein Structure Models,” $1.4M, NIH, 2012 - 2018.
  • “TigerAware: Efficient Mobile-App Customization, Integrative Survey and Ambulatory Data Collection, and Deep Data Analytics for Data-Driven Campus Climate Study,” $25K, MU, 2017 - 2018.
  •  “MRI: Acquisition of Instrument for Data-intensive Applications with Hybrid Cloud Computing Needs,” $600K, NSF, 2014 - 2018.
  •  A Multidisciplinary Approach to Investigate Work Zone Safety using SHRP 2 Safety Data,” $137K, USDoT, 2015 - 2017.
  •  “REU SITE: Research in Consumer Networking Technologies,” $360K, NSF, 2014 - 2017.
  • “Mood Toolkit,” $20K, Wood Johnson Foundation, 2016.
  •  “Emotion regulation in emotional distress disorder: fMRI and ambulatory assessment,” $400K, NIH, 2014 - 2016.
  • Using Ecologic Momentary Assessment to Define Alcohol's Impact on HIV Outcomes,” $420K, NIH, 2014 - 2016.
  • “Ambulatory assessment of alcohol use, mood dysregulation, and alcohol craving,” $387K, NIH, 2013 - 2015.
  •  “Meeting the Nation's Needs in Emerging Areas of Computer Science,” $400K, US Dept. of Education, 2010 - 2013.
  • “REU SITE: Research in Home and Consumer Networking Technologies,” $330K, NSF. 2010 - 2013.
  • New Scoring, Assembly and Evaluation Techniques for Protein Structure Prediction,” $1.1M, NIH, 2006 - 2012.
  • “Target Localization and Tracking with Networked Smartphones,” $390K, US Army, 2010 - 2011.
  • “Wireless Sensor Networks: Middleware and Applications,” $300K, NSF, 2004 - 2008.
  • “Resource Management in Sensor Networks,” $20K, Microsoft, 2005 - 2006.
  • “Agent-Based Multi-Level System Control of UAVs,” $50K, Raytheon, 2004 - 2005.
  • “Adaptive Optimization for Cooperative UAV Path Planning,” $50K, Raytheon, 2004 - 2005.
  • “Distributed Adaptive Constrained Optimization,” $2.8M, DARPA, 2001 - 2005.
  • “CISE Educational Innovation: Integrating Agent Technology into CISE Curriculum Using Lecturelets,” $620K, NSF, 2000 - 2004.
  • “Incorporating Agent-Based Computing into Computer Science and Engineering Curriculum,” $75K, NSF, 2000 - 2002.
  • “ILI: Distributed Systems Laboratory,” $42K, NSF, 1998 - 2000. 

Courses Taught

·         Object Oriented Programming in Java

·         Internet, WWW, and Digital Media

·         Object-Oriented Design

·         Theory of Computation

·         Artificial Intelligence

·         Artificial Intelligence II

·         Parallel and Distributed Computing

·         Wireless Sensor Networks

·         Big Data Algorithms

Professional Activities

  • IEEE senior member and ACM life member
  • IEEE CCNC, 2005-present
  • IEEE ICC, 2005, 2008-present
  • IEEE Globecom, 2007-present
  • IEEE ICDCS, 2008
  • IEEE ICME, 2007
  • Annual Conference of American Association of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-05), 2005.
  • IEEE 10th Int’l Conf. on Parallel and Distributed Systems (ICPADS), 2004, 2005.
  • IEEE Int’l Symposium on Applications and the Internet (SAINT), 2005 (Publication Chair).
  • IEEE 10th Int’l Conf. on Parallel and Distributed Systems (ICPADS), 2004 (Finance Chair).
  • IEEE Int’l Conf. on Information Technology: Research and Education (ITRE), 2003.
  • 12th Int’l World Wide Web Conf. (WWW2003), 2003.
  • IEEE Int’l Workshop on Natural Language processing and Knowledge Engineering (NLPKE 2001) in conjunction with the IEEE SMC' 2001, Tucson, Arizona, 2001
  • 1st Int’l Conf. on Information, Fukuoka, Japan, 2000
  • IEEE Symposium on Application-Specific Systems and Software Engineering Technology, 1999 & 2000
  • SPIE Conf. Parallel and Distributed Methods for Image Processing, 1999 & 2000
  • IEEE Int’l Conf. on Tools with Artificial Intelligence, 1999 & 2000
  • IEEE Int’l Conf. on Tools with Artificial Intelligence, 1998
  • IEEE Workshop of Knowledge and Data Exchange Workshop, 1998