Skip to main content

Hongkai Wen

Personal photo - Hongkai Wen

Dr Hongkai Wen

Research Associate

Leaving date: 17th November 2016


I recently moved to the University of Warwick as an Assistant Professor.

Before that I was a post-doctoral researcher in Oxford, working with Prof. Niki Trigoni and Prof. Paul Newman to explore new ways to navigate autonomous vehicles. I am also actively involved in building robust, accurate and extremely lightweight positioning system for mobile and wearable devices. My research has won two Best Paper Awards in IPSN'14 and EWSN'13, and I co-founded the Oxford-based spin-out company Inside Tracs, which develops next-generation indoor positioning solutions. 

In 2014 I obtained my D.Phil degree in Computer Science from the University of Oxford, working in the Federated Sensor Networks (FRESNEL) project. My thesis investigates the problem of estimating the accuracy of sensor systems based on the probabilistic measurements they provide, and has been nominated to enter the 2015 BCS Distinguished Dissertations Competition. Before joining Oxford, I spent a year in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. In 2008, I received my B.Eng in Computer Engineering and Applied Mathematics (ranked 1st) from Tongji University, P.R. China.

As always, I am driven by applying novel technologies to build practical systems that solve real-world problems. Please feel free to contact me for any interesting opportunity.

Selected Publications

  • On Assessing the Accuracy of Indoor Positioning Systems.
    Hongkai Wen, Zhuoling Xiao, Andrew Markham and Niki Trigoni. 
    In Proceedings of the 10th European conference on Wireless Sensor Networks (EWSN'13), pp. 1-17. Springer-Verlag, 2013. ( Best Paper Award, 1 in 51 submissions )

Fellowships and Awards

  • CPHC/BCS Distinguished Dissertation Nominee, 2015
  • Australian Government Endeavour Research Fellowship, 2015
  • Best Paper Award, IPSN, 2014
  • Best Paper Award, EWSN, 2013
  • EPSRC Studentship, 2010
  • Shanghai Outstanding Graduate Award, 2008
  • National Undergraduate Innovation Award, 2007
  • National Scholarship for Excellent Students, 2007


  • Mobile and Sensor Networks
    • Lecturer, Hilary 2016
    • Teaching Assistant, Trinity 2014
    • Teaching Assistant, Trinity 2013

  • Database Design
    • Teaching Assistant, Trinity 2015
    • Teaching Assistant, Michaelmas 2014
    • Teaching Assistant, Trinity 2013

  • Object-Oriented Programming
    • Teaching Assistant, Michaelmas 2014
    • Teaching Assistant, Hilary 2014
    • Teaching Assistant, Hilary 2013

  • Database System Implementation
    • Demonstrator, Hilary 2011


  • Reviewer for Pervasive and Mobile Computing, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics.
  • TPC for IQ2S'14, IEEE SmartGridComm'16

Selected Publications

View AllManage publications