Ruolin Zhou


, PhD

Associate Professor

Electrical & Computer Engineering



2012Wright State UniversityPhD in Engineering
2007Wright State UniversityMS in Engineering
2003Dalian Jiaotong UniversityBS in Electrical Engineering


  • Digital Logic and Computer Design
  • VHDL: Simulation and Synthesis
  • Data Structures for Embedded Firmware Design
  • Software Defined Radio




Research awards

  • $ 99,866 awarded by Naval Surface Warfare Center for An Adaptive Deep Learning Architecture with FPGA Acceleration for Continuously Monitoring and Characterizing Operations and Promptly Reconfiguring SDR in Spectrum Contested Environments
  • $ 199,902 awarded by The National Science Foundation for ERI: An Adaptive Incremental Deep Learning Architecture for Real-Time Inference
  • $ 476,926 awarded by Office of Naval Research for UMassD MUST I: Deep Learning-Enabled Detection and Classification of Acoustic Signals in Underwater Channels


Research interests

  • Software Defined Radio based Cognitive Radio/Radar
  • Security of Intelligent Embedded Systems
  • Wireless Embedded System on SoC-FPGA
  • Dynamic Spectrum Access
  • Data Analytics

Ruolin Zhou received her BS degree in electrical engineering from Dalian Jiaotong University, China in 2003; MS and PhD degrees from Wright State University in Dayton, OH in 2007 and 2012, respectively. She joined University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in September 2018. From August 2012 to August 2018, she was with Western New England University in Springfield, MA, where she was promoted to an Associate Professor with tenure granted in early of 2018. Her research interests and expertise include: FPGA based and Software Defined Radio (SDR) based intelligent RF systems, AI in dynamic spectrum access and management, hardware security, wireless communications, and data analytics. She has served as a Principle Investigator (PI) or Co-PI on several projects sponsored by DoD, Lockheed Martin, Xilinx, and Intel FPGA. She was the recipient of the 2010 Best Demo Award from IEEE Globecom, the flagship conference of IEEE Communication Society. Dr. Zhou served on the technical committees for several conferences such as SPIE – Defense and Commercial Sensing, Radar Sensor Technology in 2018 and 2019, IEEE Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems in 2017, and Workshop on Security, Reliability, and Resilience in Wireless Sensor Networks and Smart Grid in 2017, etc. She is an organizing committee member of IEEE Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems and EAI international Conference on Mobile Multimedia Communications in 2020.