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

Current UCSB Leadership:


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 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.  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

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!

I was elected to the 2014 class of IEEE Fellows.
I received the Pacific Business Coast Times “40 Under 40” Award in 2013.
Here is a nice article about our work in Africa. Pages 8-9.