Zili Meng (孟子立)

Zili Meng's Portrait

Assistant Professor
Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering
Department of Computer Science and Engineering (joint appointment)
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Room 2441, Academic Building, HKUST.
Clear Water Bay, Hong Kong, China.
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Recent News
  • [05/2024] (Paper) Prudentia accepted to SIGCOMM’24. Congratulations!

  • [03/2024] (Service) We're organizing the 2nd SIGCOMM Emerging Multimedia System (EMS) workshop. Please consider to submit!

  • [02/2024] (Service) I'll serve on the PC for NSDI’25. Please consider to submit!

  • [01/2024] (Paper) WiseStart accepted to WWW’24.

  • [01/2024] (Service) I'll serve on the PC for ICDCS’24 and ANRW’24. Please consider to submit!

  • [01/2024] (Award) Honored with ACM China Doctoral Dissertation Award and Chinese Institute of Electronics (中国电子学会) Doctoral Dissertation Award.

  • [10/2023] (Service) I'll serve on the PC for EuroSys’24 and CoNEXT’24. Please consider to submit!

  • [09/2023] (Award) Honored with ACM SIGCOMM China Dissertation Award.

  • [07/2023] (Paper) Hairpin accepted to NSDI’24.


Zili is currently an Assistant Professor in HKUST ECE and HKUST CSE (joint appointment). He is leading the Streaming Platform and Real-time networK (SPARK) Lab.

He received his Ph.D. (Hons) in Institute for Network Sciences and Cyberspace, Tsinghua University, advised by Prof. Mingwei Xu, and his B.Eng. (Hons) in electronic engineering from Tsinghua University, advised by Prof. Jun Bi (late). His research received Gold Medal of SIGCOMM 2018 SRC and Best Paper Awards from IWQoS 2021 and ICC 2020. His PhD dissertation received the doctoral dissertation awards from ACM China, Chinese Institute of Electronics (中国电子学会), and Tsinghua University. He is also the recipient of Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship (Asia), ByteDance Scholar, and Tsinghua Top Grade Scholarship during his student life. Besides, he is also fortunate to be advised or mentored by Prof. Justine Sherry (CMU), Prof. Mohammad Alizadeh (MIT), Dr. Chen Sun (Alibaba), and Prof. Hongxin Hu (University at Buffalo).

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Recent Publication Highlights

Research Interests

He aims at building networked systems for interactive multimedia streaming.

For applications from videoconferencing, cloud gaming to virtual reality (VR) and mixed reality (MR), users interact with the application all the time and multimedia contents are streamed in real-time. The key to enable these applications in the real life is to provide a consistent ultra-low latency. This involves the latency optimization across the entire network stack, from the application layer to the physical layer, and the intersection over multimedia, human-computer interaction, and machine learning. Going forward, his plan is to enable interactive multimedia streaming systems to be a part of real life. This will enable a series of future applications in the world of AR-assisted everything.