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Life : An Everlasting Question
I will not ask myself: what's the meaning of life?

Since I've eventually understood: it is myself who should be asked by life itself!




    Motto:  I want a decent, peaceful and sincere life, bringing a little bit true warmth and value to the world. I do not want to dominate, exploit or deceive people (though I used to), trying hard not to make my existence become others' pain and hell. My favorite song is Imagine by John Lennon, which partially illustrates my ideal about the world. I am a Party member, but a Party member can still be a good person.


I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle, as with all matters of the heart you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle.

Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. ... Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.                                                                                             —— Steve Jobs


Long Trip: (“纵使四处游历,总无法逃避自己。”--海明威)
Wuxi 2012-now   I frequently came here as a researcher with the IoT TechCenter, TNLIST.
Coimbra, Portugal 2012.6   Presentation in the workshop IWQoS'12, supported by my supervisor Prof. Yafei Dai.
Scottsdale, USA 2011.11 Presentation in the conference ACM-MM'11, supported by my supervisor Prof. Yafei Dai.
Minneapolis, USA 2011.9-2012.9   I stayed here for one year as a Joint-Ph.D. student supervised by Prof. Zhi-Li Zhang. I also attend the Bible Learning classes regularly held by Robert and Joanne Kraftson.
Ji'nan      2010.6   A short summer travel.
Xi'an                         2010.6   Joining in the spring outing of the Computer Network Lab, Peking University.
Vienna, Austria 2009.9   Presentation in the conference ICPP'09, supported by my former supervisor Guihai Chen.
Nantong 2009.5, 2009.10   Attending my friends Yingyi Bu and Jie Jiang's weddings.
Miami, USA 2008.4   Presentation in the conference IPDPS'08, supported by my supervisor Guihai Chen.
Hong Kong 2007.5-2007.10, 2010.12   I worked as a research assistant in HK PolyU, supported by my mentor Jiannong Cao.
Shenzheng 2007.5-2007.10   Receiving care from my friends Jianwei Zheng, Jie Jiang, Aijin Sun, Chengzuo Li and Xinxin Zhao.
Yangzhou 2006-now   This is my wife's hometown, and my first baby was born here.
Hangzhou 2006.9, 2008.10   Receiving care from my friends Guan-Lei Du and Hai-Ying Ni, both in Zhejiang University.
Guilin 2006.6   Supported by my supervisor Guihai Chen and two professors Lionel M. Ni and Yunhao Liu from HKUST.
Beijing 2006.5, 2008.12, 2009.6-2011.9, 2012.9-now   I lived here since June 2009 as a PhD student in Peking University.
Shanghai 2005.10, 2008.6-2009.4, 2010.6-8, etc.   I worked here as a software engineer in Marvell and a research intern in Tencent Research.
Nanjing 2001.9-2008.6, etc.   I studied in Nanjing for nearly 7 years. Here is full of my love, friendship, pain and memories...
Yancheng        1983.8-2001.9, etc.   This is my hometown where I was born and brought up.

Tsinghua Life:
  Thanks to the brilliant professor (and meanwhile a successful entrepreneur) Yunhao Liu, I joined Tsinghua University after Ph.D. graduation, leading a small group focusing on Cloud Computing and Future Networking. This is a totally new startpoint of my life --- I'm not a student any more!

College Life:
  My college life lasts for up to 11 years (4 years' undergraduate + 3 years' master + 4 years' Ph.D.) --- definitely too long for a person!

My undergraduate life in Nanjing University is paradoxical. The things I got couldn't make myself happy, and I was too conservative to do my favorite things, to seek for my favorite girls, and to make my favorite friends.

Then I believe the old saying --- "God always treats everybody fairly!" He gave me talents and awards in my first 22 years, but tricked me with the most severe punishment and deepest pain in the first half year of my graduate life. Heaven taught me the most profound but precious lesson of my life, which made me think deeply of myself, introspect my elapsed time, see clearly of the people and society, and understand why the past time is as such. The wound hurt me deeply, but didn't knock me down. It brought me pain, but also with patience, rationality, wisdom, maturity, faith and belief. Most importantly, this dark period led me to pursue my favorite things bravely and guided me to a real, cruel but valuable life. Therefore, I called this period the NIRVANA of my whole life, to express such a fatal change of myself.

After nearly one year's industrial life as a software engineer in Marvell (a world-leading semiconductor and electronic circuit design company), I  returned to my college life as a Ph.D. student in Peking University, Beijing. Being a hunsband, I felt very strong pressure in money (in particular in Beijing, the capital city of China) which often made me sleep badly and live painfully during the first and second years of my Ph.D. life. Then I went to University of Minnesota - Twin Cities to spend my third Ph.D. year in USA, which was generally great and happy, full of freedom, independence and thinking. I passed the Ph.D. defense on June 8, 2013. 

High School:
  During the 6 years of high school, most of my time was spent on learning --- attending classes, finishing homework and struggling with too many examinations. I felt myself very naive and innocent during this period. I was immersed in studying, but had neglected too much fun of life.

  I spent most of my childhood time in Guoshu Village, until Apr. 1995 when I was brought to the downtown of Funing to prepare and take part in the entrance exam of high school. That was a carefree and colorful period of my life, and a lot of nice things were left in my memories such as the green open country, golden rice paddy, limpid brooks and a great deal of fish and langouste.

  On August 7th 1983, I was born in a quiet village --- Guoshu Village, which belongs to Funing Town, Yancheng City, Jiangsu Province, China. Almost all my relatives live in Funing Town, a peaceful and ordinary town without famous people or well-known things. Yancheng City lies to the north of the Changjiang River, and it is underdeveloped. Jiangsu Province is rich and beautiful, named as "a land teeming with fish and rice".