Academic and Teaching Staff

Prof. CAO Jiannong

Otto Poon Charitable Foundation Professor in Data Science, Chair Professor of Distributed and Mobile Computing, Associate Director of UBDA

BSc(Nanjing); MSc, PhD(Washington State); FIEEE; DMACM; SMCCF

Research Interests

Parallel and Distributed Computing, Wireless Networking and Mobile Computing, Big Data and Machine Learning, and Cloud and Edge Computing


Professor Cao is currently the Otto Poon Charitable Foundation Professor in Data Science and the Chair Professor of Distributed and Mobile Computing in the Department of Computing at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong. He is also the director of the Internet and Mobile Computing Lab (IMCL) in the department and the associate director of University’s Research Facility in Big Data Analytics (UBDA). His research interests include parallel and distributed computing, wireless networking and mobile computing, big data and machine learning, and cloud and edge computing. He has co-authored 5 books, co-edited 9 books, and published over 500 papers in major international journals and conference proceedings. He received Best Paper Awards, IEEE Trans. Industrial Informatics 2018, IEEE DSAA 2017, IEEE SMARTCOMP 2016, IEEE/IFIP EUC 2016, IEEE ISPA 2013, IEEE WCNC 2011, etc.

Professor Cao has directed and participated in over 90 research and development projects and, as a principal investigator, obtained over HK$60 million grants from funding agencies such as National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), Ministry of Science and Technology of P. R. China (MOST), Hong Kong Research Grant Council (RGC), Hong Kong Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC), Hong Kong Construction Industry Council, The Society of Hong Kong Scholars, and industries like Alibaba, IBM and Nokia. Professor Cao has also been involved in the development of 13 patents.

Professor Cao served the Chair of the Technical Committee on Distributed Computing of IEEE Computer Society 2012-2014, a member of IEEE Fellows Evaluation Committee of the Computer Society and the Reliability Society, a member of IEEE Computer Society Education Awards Selection Committee, a member of IEEE Communications Society Awards Committee, and a member of Steering Committee of IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing. Professor Cao has also served as chairs and members of organizing and technical committees of many international conferences, and as associate editor and member of the editorial boards of many international journals. Professor Cao is a member of Academia Europaea, a fellow of IEEE and ACM distinguished member. In 2017, he received the Overseas Outstanding Contribution Award from China Computer Federation.