Steve Drew

Dr. Steve Drew



Assistant Professor

Schulich School of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Software Engineering

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Office: 403.220.7208


Office: ICT253

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Educational Background

PhD Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carleton University, 2018,

MSc Computer Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2011,

BSc Computer Science, Beijing Jiaotong University, 2008,


Dr. Steve Drew (He Zhu) received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carleton University. He has a broad research interest including edge computing, distributed machine learning systems, blockchain services, and AIOps. He joined the Department of Electrical and Software Engineering at University of Calgary in 2021, where he is currently an Assistant Professor. From 2018 to 2021, he was Chief Architect at BitQubic (in Ottawa) with the focus on blockchain-based digital assets, trading and brokerage technologies. From 2014 to 2018, he was with Cisco (in Ottawa) where he worked on the research and development in Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Cisco’s first NFV orchestrator.

Research description:

Edge computing brings us ultra-low latency. Future services will be deployed at the edge close to everyone to support connected autonomous vehicles (CAV), augmented reality (AR), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and all other edge-based applications for a better world. The research areas of focus aim at building the next-generation distributed learning systems at the network edge, with the consideration of resource allocation, privacy and security, high availability, and service orchestration.


Areas of Research

Distributed Machine Learning Systems, Federated Learning, Edge Computing, Resource Allocation and Placement, Blockchain-based Security and Privacy, Cloud-native initiatives and container orchestration, AIOps, Connected Autonomous Vehicles

Participation in university strategic initiatives