Elizabeth M. Belding

Department of Computer Science
University of California
Santa Barbara, California 93106

Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of California, Santa Barbara 2000.

ebelding [at] cs [dot] ucsb [dot] edu

Here is my CV.

Research Interests:

  • Mobile Wireless Networking​
  • Online Social Networks​
  • Network Analysis
  • Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICTD)

Selected UCSB Leadership:

  • Chair of the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (2014 - present)
  • Vice Chair of the Computer Science Department (2009 - 2015; 2017 - present)
  • Associate Director for the Center for Information Technology and Society (2012 - 2015)


Elizabeth M. Belding is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Elizabeth’s research focuses on mobile and wireless networking, including network performance analysis, and information and communication technologies for development (ICTD).  She is a co-developer of the AODV routing protocol for mobile networks, on which 802.11s and Zigbee technologies are based in part.   She applies her wireless network expertise to a wide range of contexts, and is particularly interested in improving Internet and cellular accessibility in developing and resource-challenged communities worldwide.  Her ICTD projects have included work in Zambia, South Africa, Mongolia, and refugee camps.  Most recently, she has been working with the Tribal Digital Village in San Diego County.  She is the founder and director of the Mobility Management and Networking (MOMENT) Laboratory.  Elizabeth is the author of over 140 technical papers on wireless networking and has served on over 70 conference technical program committees.  She was Vice Chair of the UCSB Computer Science department 2009-15, and is again currently Vice Chair.  Elizabeth is the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award, and a 2002 MIT Technology Review 100 award, awarded to the world’s top young investigators. She is an ACM Distinguished Scientist and an IEEE Fellow.  She is particularly proud of receiving the UCSB Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award in 2012 and the NCWIT Harrold and Notkin Research and Graduate Mentoring Award in 2015 for her mentorship of graduate students.

My publications wordle:

This photo was taken by my former student, David Johnson, during a wireless link experiment outside of our building.

Recent News

I am honored to have recently been selected as a recipient of the 2017 N2Women Stars in Networking and Communication award.  Here is the UCSB Press Release describing the award and my research.

Congratulations to MOMENT Lab undergraduate student researcher Dana Nguyen on receiving an honorable mention for the 2018 Computing Research Association's (CRA) Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award!  This is a well-deserved honor!

My research group is looking for new Ph.D. and MS students to work exciting new projects!  Current students, please contact me.  Prospective students - please apply to the CS Department and send me an email that you saw this post and have applied.

Congratulations to Moment Lab student Michael Nekrasov on the acceptance of his paper to FOCI'17, and to Morgan Vigil-Hayes on the acceptance of her paper to IMWUT (UbiComp'17)!

Congratulations to newly graduated Drs. Vigil-Hayes and Schmitt!  We wish you a wonderful and successful career!

Congratulations to Moment Lab Ph.D. student Mai El-Sherief on her reception of the 2017 UCSB Fiona and Michael Goodchild Graduate Mentoring Award!  Mai is an outstanding mentor of undergraduate students!

Congratulations to Morgan Vigil-Hayes on receiving the Computer Science Department's Outstanding Graduate Student Award for 2017!  Morgan is the third Moment Lab student to win this award in the eight years it has been given!

MOMENT Lab Ph.D. students attended and volunteered at HotMobile 2017.  Thanks to them for all their help in making the workshop a success!

Congratulations to Mai El-Sherief and undergraduate researcher Dana Nguyen on the acceptance of their paper "#NotOkay: Understanding Gender-based Violence in Social Media" to the International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM) 2017!  The acceptance rate was only 14%!

Our 2017 CSCW paper, entitled "#Indigenous: Tracking the Connective Actions of Native American Advocates on Twitter," received an Honorable Mention Best Paper Award!