Elizabeth M. Belding

Professor, Department of Computer Science
Associate Dean and Faculty Equity Advisor, College of Engineering
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 (updated July 2021).

Research Interests:

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

Selected UCSB Leadership:

  • Associate Dean and Faculty Equity Advisor, College of Engineering (2019 - present)
  • Chair of the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (2014 - 2021)
  • Vice Chair of the Computer Science Department (2009 - 2015; 2017 - 2019)
  • Associate Director for the Center for Information Technology and Society (2012 - 2015)

Selected Honors:

  • ACM Fellow; AAAS Fellow; IEEE Fellow
  • 2015 NCWIT Harrold and Notkin Research and Graduate Mentoring Award 
  • 2012 UCSB Outstanding Graduate Mentor

Official Bio:

Elizabeth M. Belding is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Prof. Belding'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.   The original AODV paper published in WMCSA'99 received the 2018 ACM SIGMOBILE Test of Time Award.  Prof. Belding 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 past ICTD projects have included work in Zambia, South Africa, Mongolia, and refugee camps.  Most recently, she has been working with Native American communities around the US.  In addition to this work, she is currently very interested in and engaged with efforts to accurately measure and quantify fixed and mobile broadband deployments in the U.S.  She is the founder and director of the Mobility Management and Networking (MOMENT) Laboratory.  Prof. Belding is the author of over 150 technical papers on wireless networking and has served on over 80 conference technical program committees.  She was Vice Chair of the UCSB Computer Science department 2009-15 and 2017-19.  She is currently an Associate Dean and Faculty Equity Advisor in the UCSB College of Engineering.  Prof. Belding 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 Fellow, AAAS Fellow and 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.

Informal, More Interesting Personal Narrative:

Prof. Elizabeth Belding's goal is to connect you with the world, no matter who you are, where you live, and what is happening around you.  As a professor of Computer Science with over 20 years of experience in wireless networking, she applies her technical skills to socially impactful research to improve the safety and well-being of those who are underrepresented.  In particular, she develops innovative communication solutions to improve Internet access in marginalized communities and after natural disasters, and she studies Internet use and performance in developing regions.  She has recently expanded the scope of her research to the study of social networks, focusing on hate speech and gender-based violence.  With a motto of “creating opportunity and empowering others to reach their potential,” Prof. Belding enjoys developing research visions and then creating and leading research teams to accomplish them.  A critical component of her work is her passion for student mentorship; she is particularly proud of receiving graduate student mentorship awards from both UCSB and the National Center for Women & Information Technology.  Through her research and service leadership at UCSB, Prof. Belding is committed to empowering and advocating for others and making a positive impact locally and globally.

Publications wordle:



The Belding Bridge of wireless connectivity.

Recent News

Congratulations to MOMENT Lab members Udit Paul and Jiamo Liu on the acceptance of their paper "The Importance of Contextualization of Crowdsourced Active Speed Test Measurements" to IMC'22!  And Thank You to NSF for sponsoring this research!

Congratulations to Dr. Vivek Adarsh on becoming the 20th Ph.D. from the MOMENT Lab!  You are off to great things!

Congratulations to MOMENT Lab members Udit Paul, Jiamo Liu, Vivek Adarsh, and undergraduate researcher David Farias-Llerenas on the publication of their paper in ACM COMPASS 2022!  The paper analyzes M-Lab Speed Test data to better understand download speed disparities based on land and user demographics, and the effect on the digital divide.

I am the TPC Chair of the IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC) 2022!  It promises to be an exciting conference... submit your papers!

A February 2021 article on cnet.com, titled "Millions of Americans can't get broadband because of a faulty FCC map.  There's a fix", features coverage our some of our recent work.  Thank you to Shara Tibken for her well-written article covering this important problem.

Congratulations to MOMENT Lab members Vivek Adarsh and Udita Paul on the publication of their paper "Too Late for Playback: Estimation of Video Stream Quality in Urban and Rural Contexts" in PAM 2021, and thank you to NSF for sponsoring the research!

Congratulations to MOMENT Lab member Esther Showalter on the publication of her paper "Tribal Mobility and COVID-19: An Urban-Rural Analysis in New Mexico" in HotMobile'21, and thank you to NSF for sponsoring the research!

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Nekrasov, on becoming the 19th Ph.D. graduate of the MOMENT Lab!

Congratulations to MOMENT Lab students Udita Paul, Michael Nekrasov and Vivek Adarsh on the acceptance on the acceptance of their paper, "#Outage: Detecting Power and Communication Outages from Social Networks", to the Web Conference 2020!!

I am honored to have been selected as a 2019 AAAS Fellow!