Dr. Cao is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tennessee. He got his Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois in October, 2008, his Master's degree from the University of Virginia, and his Bachelor's degree from Fudan University, China. Dr. Cao is the author and co-author of over 25 papers in premier journals and conferences with over 1100 citations (according to Google Scholar). He is a member of ACM, IEEE, and the IEEE Computer Society.  

Research Theme

As an experimental computer science researcher, my research passion lies in creating novel and practical system solutions for real world problems. These systems form the key underpinning technologies that promise to transform our everyday lives with smart and ubiquitous networked devices that interact with the physical world. Usability, robustness, and performance are some of the key properties that I am interested in for my research work.


MSN Conference Best Paper Award 2011
EECS Early Career Award, University of Tenessee, 2010
NSF Career Award 2010
IEEE RTAS Best Paper Award 2010
Vodafone Fellowship 2006-2007, 2007-2008, University of Illinois