Douglas S. Chan

CEO and Founder
Zenalyst, Inc.

Visiting Researcher Scholar
Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
University of California, Berkeley

Email: dsc [ at ] douglaschan [ dot ] com

Biographical Sketch

Douglas S. Chan received from Cornell University his Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering (ECE) with minor in applied mathematics and M.Eng. degree in electrical engineering (EE). He received his B.A.Sc. degree in EE from Queen's University in Canada.

Doug is currently CEO of Zenalyst, a financial analytics service, which he founded in 2016. Since 2014, Doug has been a Visiting Researcher Scholar with the Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at University of California, Berkeley, where his work is affiliated with the Swarm Lab and Berkeley Wireless Research Center.

Prior to that (2006-2014), Doug was a Technical Leader at Cisco Systems' Wireless Networking Business Unit and his work included R&D on wireless LAN products and their standardizations. Later at Cisco, Doug was with Cisco Advanced Architecture and Research, where he investigated emerging paradigms like fog computing, data analytics, and Internet of Things. Before Cornell (1998-2000), Doug was a Software Engineer with the IBM Toronto Lab, where he developed enterprise-scaled applications for database access and distributed computing. In 2006, he was a Visiting Scientist with the School of ECE at Cornell University.

Doug is a Senior Member of IEEE and a licensed professional engineer (P.Eng.) of Ontario, Canada. He also received recognitions from the IEEE Standards Association on his contributions to the 802.11n and 802.11y wireless LAN standards.

Research Areas

  • Multiple access in communication networks
    • Multiaccess theory and multiuser information theory
    • Radio resource management for wireless systems
  • Physical layer techniques for wireless channels
    • MIMO-OFDM-based physical layers
    • Single-user and multi-user MIMO beamforming
  • Industry standards for WPANs, WLANs and WMANs
    • IEEE 802 and mobile cellular standards
  • Data analytics and machine learning
  • Financial markets modeling
  • Video source encoding and compression
    • Wireless video on mobile devices
    • Video quality assessment
  • Applications of network coding and rateless codes


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