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
  • Networks for Developing Regions
  • Network Analysis
  • Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICTD)
  • Online Social Networks

Selected UCSB Leadership:

  • Associate Director for the Center for Information Technology and Society (2012 - present)
  • Chair of the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (2014 - present)
  • Vice Chair of the Computer Science Department (2009 - 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).  In the past 7 years, she has particularly focused on improving Internet accessibility in developing communities worldwide.  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 100 technical papers and has served on over 60 conference technical program committees.  Elizabeth is currently on the editorial board of the IEEE Pervasive Magazine.  She recently finished a six year term as Vice Chair of the UCSB Computer Science department.  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 speaking at the National Congress of American Indians in San Diego, CA on October 18.  I have been invited to speak about my work done in collaboration with the Tribal Digital Village, which is focused on analyzing how Native Americans use the Internet and improving the Internet experience for those residents in the most remote areas of the reservations. 

We have a paper accepted into CSCW 2016 that studies the use of the Radio Data System as a means to improve access to online social network content in Native American reservations where broadband connectivity does not exist.

I received the 2015 NCWIT Harrold and Notkin Research and Graduate Mentoring Award for my work on mentoring my own graduate students, my role as the faculty advisor to the Women in Computer Science (WiCS) group at UCSB, and my work leading the computer science graduate program during my time as the department's vice chair.  I am very honored and thrilled to have received this award!

I am the TPC Co-Chair of ACM DEV 2015, held December 1-2 in London.  It promises to be a very exciting conference!

Here is an article about our recent research trip to the Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan.

I was elected to the 2014 class of IEEE Fellows.