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 June 2019).

Research Interests:

  • Mobile Wireless Networking​
  • 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 - present)
  • Vice Chair of the Computer Science Department (2009 - 2015; 2017 - 2019)
  • Associate Director for the Center for Information Technology and Society (2012 - 2015)

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 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.  She is the founder and director of the Mobility Management and Networking (MOMENT) Laboratory.  Prof. Belding is the author of over 140 technical papers on wireless networking and has served on over 70 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 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.

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 Michael Nekrasov and MOMENT Lab alum Ryan Allen on their Best Paper award in ACM DroNet'19!

Congratulations to MOMENT Lab alum Mariya Zeleva on her NSF Career Award and on receiving the 2019 University at Albany Presidential Award for Exemplary Community Engagement!  

I am honored to have been selected as a 2018 ACM Fellow!

I am thrilled that my very first published paper, "Ad hoc On-Demand Distance Vector Routing", published at WMCSA'99, has received the 2018 ACM SIGMOBILE Test of Time Award

Congratulations to MOMENT Lab students Mai ElSherief and Dana Nguyen on their publications of TWO papers on hate speech analysis at AAAI ICWSM!  16% acceptance rate!

Congratulations to MOMENT Lab undergraduate researcher Dana Nguyen on receiving a Google Lime Scholarship!

I am honored to have recently been selected as a recipient of the 2017 N2Women Stars in Networking and Communication award.  Here is the UCSB Press Release describing the award and my research.

Congratulations to MOMENT Lab undergraduate student researcher Dana Nguyen on receiving an honorable mention for the 2018 Computing Research Association's (CRA) Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award!  This is a well-deserved honor!

My research group is looking for new Ph.D. and MS students to work exciting new projects!  Current students, please contact me.  Prospective students - please apply to the CS Department and send me an email that you saw this post and have applied.

Congratulations to Moment Lab student Michael Nekrasov on the acceptance of his paper to FOCI'17, and to Morgan Vigil-Hayes on the acceptance of her paper to IMWUT (UbiComp'17)!