Chen Feng

Assistant Professor

Electrical, Manufacturing, School of Engineering
Other Titles: Tier-2 Principal's Research Chair in Blockchain, Co-Cluster Lead for Blockchain@UBC (
Office: EME4285
Office Hours: Friday: 4-5pm
Phone: 250-807-8286

Graduate student supervisor

Research Summary

Information & Coding Theory;
Wireless Communications & Networking;
Cloud Computing & Big Data;
Blockchain Technology

Courses & Teaching

APSC 254 Instrumentation and Data Analysis (2015-2019);
ENGR 453 Internet of Things (2019-2020);
ENGR 463 Communication Networks (2016-2018);
ENGR 464 Distributed Ledger Technologies with Engineering Applications (2020);
ENGR 465 Wireless Communications (2018);

ENGR 501 Deep and Reinforcement Learning for Engineers (2021)
ENGR 565 Advanced Wireless Communications (2018);
ENGR 566 Advanced Communication Networks (2017, 2019);
ENGR 595 Topics in Electrical Engineering: Mean-Field Analysis (2017);
ENGR 595 Topics in Electrical Engineering: Blockchain Technology (2018);
ENGR 597 Blockchain for Clean Energy (2019)


Chen Feng received the B.Eng. degree from the Department of Electronic and Communications Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, in 2006, and the M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto, Canada, in 2009 and 2014, respectively.

From 2014 to 2015, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow with Boston University, USA, and Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. He joined the School of Engineering, University of British Columbia, Kelowna, Canada, in July 2015, where he is currently an Assistant Professor and Principal’s Research Chair in Blockchain. He is a co-cluster lead of Blockchain@UBC. He is interested in adapting new ideas and tools from information theory, coding theory, stochastic processes, and optimization to design better communication networks, with a particular emphasis on blockchain technology.


Feng Research Group


Ph.D. – Electrical and Computer Engineering (The University of Toronto)
M.A.Sc. – Electrical and Computer Engineering (The University of Toronto)
B.Eng. – Electrical Engineering (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China)

Research Interests & Projects

  • Information Theory for Wireless Relay Networks
  • Coding Theory for Quantum Communications
  • Mean-Field Analysis for Cloud Computing
  • Optimization for Cloud Computing
  • Stochastic Analysis for Blockchains

Selected Publications & Presentations

A Joint Typicality Approach to Compute-Forward
Sung-Hoon Lim, Chen Feng, Adriano Pastore, Bobak Nazer, and Michael Gastpar
IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, 2018

Distributed Join-the-Idle-Queue for Low Latency Cloud Services
Chunpu Wang, Chen Feng, and Julian Cheng
IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, 2018

Quasi-Cyclic Multi-Edge LDPC Codes for Long-Distance Quantum Cryptography
Mario Milicevic, Chen Feng, Lei Zhang, and P. Glenn Gulak
npj Quantum Information, 2018

An Alternating Direction Method Approach to Cloud Traffic Management
Chen Feng, Hong Xu, and Baochun Li
IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, 2017

Experimental Quantum Fingerprinting with Weak Coherent Pulses
Feihu Xu, Juan Miguel Arrazola, Kejin Wei, Wenyuan Wang, Pablo Palacios-Avila, Chen Feng, Shihan Sajeed, Norbert Lutkenhaus, and Hoi-Kwong Lo
Nature Communications, 2015

An Algebraic Approach to Physical-Layer Network Coding
Chen Feng, Danilo Silva, and Frank R. Kschischang
IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, 2013

Additional Publications

Selected Grants & Awards

  • Teaching Excellent Award 2017/18, School of Engineering, 2018
  • Emerging Professor Award, School of Engineering, 2017
  • Thank a Prof! Award, Centre for Teaching and Learning at UBC, 2016

Professional Services/Affiliations/Committees

Scientific Consultant for Creative Destruction Lab


Our published paper “Quasi-Cyclic Multi-Edge LDPC Codes for Long-Distance Quantum Cryptography” (npj Quantum Information) has been highlighted in the following news: U of T Engineering News (May 22, 2018), University of Toronto ECE News (May 22, 2018), UBC-Okanagan School of Engineering News (May 31, 2018).

Our published paper “Experimental Quantum Fingerprinting with Weak Coherent Pulses” (Nature Communications) has been highlighted in the following news: University of Waterloo Science News (Oct. 29, 2015), University of Toronto ECE News (Nov. 2, 2015), Physics World (Mar. 23, 2016).


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