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Dr Shi Zhou
Room 3.08 at 66 Gower Street
Department of Computer Science
UCL, Gower Street
Tel: 020 3108 7088
Fax: 020 7387 1397
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Dept of Computer Science
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

Dr. Shi Zhou is a Senior Lecturer (Tenured Associated Professor and PhD Supervisor) of Department of Computer Science, UCL. He is affiliated with the Media Futures Research Group. He is Deputy Director of MSc/MRes in Web Science and Big Data Analytics. He is a PhD supervisor of the UCL Security Science Doctoral Training Centre (SECReT) and the UCL Financial Computing Doctoral Training Centre. He is a founding member of the UCL Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR).

He received his BSc Degree (First-Class) and MSc Degree (Distinction) in Electronic Engineering at Zhejiang University, China. He received his PhD in Telecommunications at Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL) in 2004. He held a prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering/EPSRC Research Fellowship from 2007 to 2012.

He is a Senior Member of IEEE. He is a Committee Member of the Internet Specialist Group of the British Computer Society (BCS). He is an Editor of the Scientific Reports of the Nature Publishing Group.

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Research Summary

Dr. Shi Zhou's research interests are in the wide area of network science.  

(1) Complex networks: study of the structure, function and evolution of large-scale, complex networks in nature and society using statistical physics methods, with an emphasis on information and communication networks, such as the Internet, the Web and social media networks. 

(2) Internet inter-domain routing: characterising and modelling the Internet topology at the autonomous systems (AS) level; measuring and inferring the AS relationships and traffic  engineering policies; analysing and predicting BGP routing paths.

(3) Social media analysis: detection and analysis of the Twitter bots, such as the discovery of the Star-Wars bots network that contains >360,000 bots and study on the bias in Twitter data sampling.  

(4) Epidemic spreading: critically hybrid epidemics, such as the Conficker computer worm on the Internet, HIV infection in human body, and information diffusion in society and cyberspace, and novel defence/immunisation strategies against hybrid epidemics. 

(5) Cloud computing: study on the addressing/identity/classification problem in cloud computing, the concept of Universal Cloud Classification (UCC) and the application of UCC in SDN, Segment Routing and inter-cloud communication. 

Teaching Summary
Dr. Zhou supervises PhD and MSc students. He has lectured the following modules at UCL. 

(1) "Complex Networks and the Web" (COMPGW01/COMPM042): a postgraduate module (100%) for MSc in Web Science and Big Data Analytics, 2012 - date;

(2) "Principles of Information Security" (PUBLGC50): a postgraduate module (20%) for MRes/PhD in Security Science, 2009 - 2012;

(3) "Networks and Graphics" (COMP2011): an undergraduate module (50%) for BSc in Computer Science, 2009 - 2012;

(4) "Network Security" (CMPPGA06): a postgraduate module (100%) for MSc in Information Security, 2006 - 2007.

01-OCT-2015 – 08-JUN-2016 Senior Lecturer Dept. of Computer Science UCL, United Kingdom
13-JUL-2004 – 30-SEP-2015 Lecturer Dept. of Computer Science UCL, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2000 – 10-MAY-2001 Researcher Shanghai Research Institute Huawei Technologies, China
01-JUL-1998 – 31-AUG-2000 Assistant Lecturer Dept. of Electronic Engineering Zhejiang University, China
Academic Background
2004 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Telecommunications Queen Mary College, University of London
1998 MSc Master of Science – Electronic Engineering Zhejiang University
1995 BSc Bachelor of Science – Electronic Engineering Zhejiang University
04-06 CLTHE_1 Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HE Part 1 – Academic studies in Higher Education University College London
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