Electrical Engineering

Colorado School of Mines

Electrical Engineering

Colorado School of Mines

Sihua Shao

Assistant Professor

Dr. Sihua Shao joins Mines as an Assistant Professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering in August 2024. Prior to that, he was an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at New Mexico Tech. He obtained the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and the Hashimoto Prize for best doctoral dissertation from New Jersey Institute of Technology in 2018. In 2023, he was honored to receive the NSF CRII Award, the NM EPSCoR Mentor Award, and was elevated to IEEE Senior Member. His area of expertise is wireless communication and networking, mainly focusing on reconfigurable intelligent surfaces, integrated sensing and communication, optical wireless communication, backscatter communication, machine learning in communications and networking, and drone-assisted wireless networks. He has a patent in visible light communication and positioning. His research, supported by the NSF, NIOSH, and NM EPSCoR, spans various applications including drone-based environmental monitoring, wireless infrastructure via drones, intelligent mine rescue operations, large-scale indoor robot navigation, microgrid security, warehouse automation, and smart healthcare systems.



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  • B.S., Information Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China, 2011
  • M.S., Electronic and Information Engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China, 2012
  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ, 2018

Research Areas

  • Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces
  • Backscatter Communication
  • Optical Wireless Communications
  • Integrated Sensing and Communication
  • Machine Learning in Communications and Networking
  • UAV Assisted Wireless Networks
  • Smart Grid Communications
  • Wireless Communications in Harsh Environments
  • Heterogeneous Radio-Optical Networks


  • Adrian Salustri, Alexander Williams, Mathew Salas, Hassan Khaniani, Mostafa Hassanalian, Pedram Roghanchi and Sihua Shao*. “Organic Photovoltaic Cell-Powered Backscatter Communication System: A Compact Design.” Proceedings of 2024 IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), June 9 – 13, 2024.
  • Sihua Shao*, Adrian Salustri, Abdallah Khreishah, Chenren Xu and Shuai Ma. “R-VLCP: Channel Modeling and Simulation in Retroreflective Visible Light Communication and Positioning Systems”. IEEE Internet of Things Journal, Vol. 10, No. 13 (2023). Impact Factor: 10.238.
  • Michelle Sherman, Sihua Shao*, Xiang Sun and Jun Zheng. “Optimizing AoI in UAV-RIS Assisted IoT Networks: Off Policy vs. On Policy”. IEEE Internet of Things Journal, Vol. 10, No. 14 (2023). Impact Factor: 10.238.
  • Sihua Shao*, Mahmoud Nazzal, Abdallah Khreishah and Moussa Ayyash. “Self-optimizing Data Offloading in Mobile Heterogeneous Radio-Optical Networks: A Deep Reinforcement Learning Approach”. IEEE Network, Vol. 36, No. 2 (2022). Impact Factor: 9.3.
  • Shuai Ma, Fan Zhang, Songtao Li, Hang Li, Ruixin Yang, Sihua Shao*, Jiaheng Wang and Shiyin Li. “Optimal Discrete Constellation Inputs for Aggregated LiFi-WiFi Networks”. IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Vol. 21, No. 6 (2021). Impact Factor: 10.4.
  • Sihua Shao*, Abdallah Khreishah, and Juan Paez. “PassiveRETRO: Enabling Completely Passive Visible Light Localization for IoT Applications”. Proceedings of 2019 IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM), April 29 – May 2, 2019, pp. 1540-1548. Acceptance rate: 19.7.
  • Sihua Shao*, Abdallah Khreishah, and Issa Khalil. “RETRO: Retroreflector based Visible Light Indoor Localization for Real-time Tracking of IoT Devices”. Proceedings of 2018 IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM), April 15-19, 2018, pp. 1025-1033. Acceptance rate: 19.2.
  • Sihua Shao* and Abdallah Khreishah. “Delay Analysis of Unsaturated Heterogeneous Omnidirectional-Directional Small Cell Wireless Networks: The Case of RF-VLC Coexistence”. IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Vol. 15, No. 12 (2016). Impact Factor: 10.4.
For a more thorough list of publications, please visit Dr. Shao’s personal website.

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