TCDP Chair Candidate

Jiannong Cao


Distributed processing serves as one of the key technologies of network-based communication and computing systems. We have witnessed the evolution of distributed computing over the past 30 years as the underlying networking environments kept changing and the application areas kept expanding. We can also foresee the new developments in the field in the coming years when we are facing the new challenges brought by increasing scale and dynamicity of systems, huge amount of data, and higher demand in support of emerging social, economical, and industrial applications.
Although extensive research and technological development have been carried out in distributed computing, many challenging problems remain open or appear in new forms. Mobile computing, pervasive computing, social computing, and cloud computing, all based on distributed processing, have overlapping or raise new requirements and research issues. Existing theories, algorithms and mechanisms need to be adapted or even totally re-designed to meet the new requirements of handling big data, increasing user mobility, smart portable devices, immersive sensing, mobile ad hoc networking, etc. We also need to reexamine the issues and propose new standards of scalability, inter-operability, fault tolerance, security and privacy from the new angles.
Having been working in distributed computing and related areas over 25 years, I am well prepared and looking for the opportunity to serve the committee. My experiences in research and development, leadership and professional activities can help contribute in my service to the technical committee. If elected, I will be honored to play a leading role in carrying on the effort and continuing the work started by my predecessors and mentors, and bringing together members to further develop our community. I will work with all the members to strategically plan and implement activities that sustain and grow the community, including
  • preserving, fostering and nurturing the growth of our conferences,
  • encouraging existing members to continue and make more contributions,
  • recruiting more members including researchers, practitioners, policymakers and especially students,
  • building partnership with other technical committees while re-thinking the technical core themes that define our identity and distinctiveness.
I truly believe that the new challenges facing us can also bring us new opportunities. If elected, I will strive, building on our earlier successes, to promote the community and move it forward.

Position Statement

Dr. Cao is currently a chair professor and head of the Department of Computing at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Hong Kong. He is also the director of the Internet and Mobile Computing Lab in the department. Dr. Cao's research interests include parallel and distributed computing, computer networks, mobile and pervasive computing, fault tolerance, and middleware. He has co-authored a book in Mobile Computing, co-edited 9 books, and published over 300 papers in major international journals and conference proceedings. He has directed and participated in numerous research and development projects and, as a principal investigator, obtained over HK$20 million grants from both government and industry funding agencies. Dr. Cao has won numerous prizes and awards, and is very active in professional activities locally and internationally. He is a senior member of IEEE, and a member of ACM. He is also the Coordinator in Asia of the Technical Committee on Distributed Computing of IEEE Computer Society. Dr. Cao has served as an associate editor and a member of the editorial boards of many international journals, including IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, IEEE Network, Elsevier Pervasive and Mobile Computing Journal, Springer Peer-to-Peer Networking and Applications, and Wiley Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing. He also served as a chair and member of organizing and technical committees of man international conferences, including PERCOM, INFOCOM, ICDCS, DSN, MASS, DSN, SRDS, ICNP, and RTSS.
Dr. Cao received a Bachelor of Science degree from Nanjing University of China, and a Master of Science degree and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Washington State University, USA.