Xuan 'Silvia' Zhang

Xuan 'Silvia' Zhang

Associate Professor

Electrical & Systems Engineering

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PhD, Cornell University, 2012
MS, Cornell University, 2009
BEng, Tsinghua University, 2006


Designs and optimizes micro-scale autonomous systems for enhanced efficiency, resilience and security


Xuan 'Silvia' Zhang works across the fields of robotics, system engineering, VLSI, and computer architecture. Her research interests are miniaturization and optimization of autonomous systems for performance, reliability, security, and energy efficiency, with diverse applications in micro-robotics, Internet-of-Things (IoT), wearable/implantable devices, ubiquitous computing, and resilient cyber-physical systems.


Professor Zhang joined the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis in 2015. Previously, she was a postdoctoral fellow in computer science at Harvard University, where she worked on the RoboBee BrainSoC and energy-efficient computing projects. She has worked as a graduate research assistant at Cornell University studying variability-tolerant circuits.

Zhang earned a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering at Cornell University in 2012. She earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at Tsinghua University in Beijing in 2006.

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