Dr. Zygmunt Haas
Professor of Computer Science
Distinguished Chair in Computer Science
Dr. Zygmunt Haas’ research focuses on mobile and wireless communication and networks, as well as biologically inspired complex systems and networks.
“Most of what we are doing is related to the field of the ‘Internet of Things,’ a massive deployment of small mobile devices to collect information and provide services. Our work is unique because we look at the broad picture, the collaboration of networks to collect data and share it in an intelligent way,” Haas said.
His research of novel protocols for information dissemination in sensor networks has application in multiple areas, including health services and security industries.
A new direction for his research involves biologically inspired systems, which he is studying for possible applications to engineering problems.
“It’s no coincidence that birds fly in formation, for instance, which creates protection, helps them spot prey and improves their flight efficiency. We apply those same principles to engineering in a variety of ways, such as to unmanned air vehicles. We are borrowing from the ways nature solved problems,” Haas said.
Haas is an author of more than 300 technical papers. He has chaired numerous workshops, has delivered tutorials at major industry conferences and has been editor of several top journals and magazines in the field of communication and networking.
He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Tel Aviv University, Israel, and a doctorate from Stanford University in 1988. Haas spent seven years working in network research at AT&T Bell Laboratories and at the AT&T Wireless Center of Excellence.
In July 1995, Haas joined the faculty of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University. He joined the Computer Science Department at UT Dallas in August 2013.
Haas is an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow. He is a former chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Personal Communications, and his numerous distinctions include a recent recognition from the IEEE Wireless Technical Committee. Haas holds 18 patents in high-speed networking, wireless networks and optical switching.
“What is fascinating in what we’re doing today is that it doesn’t take long before there is commercial interest. The time between our research and technology transfer is very short. So it’s rewarding that we don’t have to wait long for people to get excited about what we’re doing.”