Elizabeth Belding

Elizabeth Belding

Professor, Computer Science
Associate Dean, Faculty Equity Advisor


Computer Science


(805) 893-3411
2121 Harold Frank Hall

University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106

Fellow of: 

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; Association for Computer Machinery


ACM Distinguished Scientist; UCSB Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award, UCSB; MIT Technology Review TR100; NSF Early Career Award; NCWIT Harrold and Notkin Research and Graduate Mentoring Award



Belding’s main research interests are in mobile and wireless communication networks, including the study of production networks through large trace collection, and the development of solutions to improve network performance and the user experience. Recently studied technologies include wireless LANs, mesh networks, cellular networks, 60 GHz networks, and white spaces spectrum.  Prof. Belding’s current work focuses on information and communication technology solutions for the developing world (ICTD).  This work includes the analysis of existing networks, and the development of new network architectures and solutions specifically designed for the communities in which she works.  Her current work includes a number of projects in sub-Saharan Africa.  Her work is highly interdisciplinary, including collaborators from electrical engineering, film and media studies, and communications.


Associate Director, Center for Information Technology and Society; Institute for Energy Efficiency


PhD Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara
BS Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara