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Zhichao Cao Ph.D
Office: Room 3224, Engineering Building, 428 S. Shaw Lane, East Lansing, MI 48824
Email: caozc at msu dot edu

Biography

I'm currently an assistant professor at Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Michigan State University. As an assistant professor, I worked in School of Software, Tsinghua University. I received my Ph.D. degree in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of Hong Kong University of Scienc and Technology. I received my B.E. degree in the Department of Computer Science and Technology of Tsinghua University. My research interests lie broadly in IoT systems, edge computing and mobile computing. Currently, I serve as Associate Editor for ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks (TOSN), which is the flag journal related to computational intelligence in IoT networks.

News

  • Invited as TPC in IEEE DySpan 2021.
  • [Security] Our paper "SRPeek: Super Resolution Enabled Screen Peeking via COTS Smartphone" is accepted by IEEE ICPADS 2021.
  • [Networking] Our paper "NELoRa: Towards Ultra-low SNR LoRa Communication with Neural-enhanced Demodulation" is accepted by ACM Sensys 2021.
  • Invited as TPC in IEEE MSN 2021, and IEEE ICPADS 2021.
  • Invited as TPC in IEEE INFOCOM 2022.
  • [Networking] Our paper "COFlood: Concurrent Opportunistic Flooding in Asynchronous Duty Cycle Networks" is accepted by IEEE SECON 2021.
  • [Networking] Our paper "DeepLoRa: Learning Accurate Path Loss Model for Long Distance Links in LPWAN" is accepted by IEEE INFOCOM 2021.
  • [Sensing] Our survey "Deep AI Enabled Ubiquitous Wireless Sensing: A Survey" is accepted by ACM Computing Surveys.
Our EIN research group consists of 6 PhD candidates with diverse undergraduate backgrounds. We focus on broad networking optimization and computational intelligence topics we have met during developing and implementing various edge and IoT systems. I am recruting motivated students who share the same research interests with us.
Research Projects:
  • LoSee: A wide-area vehicle tracking system with LoRa. (2019 - Present)
  • BatteryLink: A product-cycle management system for lead batteries. (2016 - 2019)
  • OilNet: A high speed mesh back-bone network for wild oil fields. (2014 - 2016)
  • CitySee: A long-term city-wide urban sensing system for Carbon balance evaluation and environmental surveillance. (2012 - 2014)
  • GreenOrbs: A long-term kilo-scale wireless sensor network system in the vast forest. (2009 - 2012)

Surveys, Tutorials and Books

  • Chenning Li, Zhichao Cao, and Yunhao Liu.
    Deep AI Enabled Ubiquitous Wireless Sensing: A Survey. ACM Computing Survey (CSUR) 54(2):32, 2021.
  • Zhipeng Song, Zhichao Cao, Zhenjiang Li, Jiliang Wang, and Yunhao Liu.
    Inertial Motion Tracking on Mobile and Wearable Devices: Recent Advancements and Challenges. Tsinghua Science and Technology 26(5):692-705, (2021).

Selected Publications [Full List]

    Sensing/Localization

  • Manni Liu, Jialuo Du, Qing Zhou, Zhichao Cao, and Yunhao Liu.
    EyeLoc: Smartphone Vision Enabled Plug-n-play Indoor Localization in Large Shopping Malls. IoTJ 8(7):5585-5598, (2021).
  • Chenning Li, Zheng Liu, Yuguang Yao, Zhichao Cao, Mi Zhang, and Yunhao Liu.
    Wi-Fi See It All: Generative Adversarial Network-augmented Versatile Wi-Fi Imaging. Sensys 2020.
  • Chenning Li, Manni Liu, and Zhichao Cao.
    WiHF: Gesture and User Recognition with Wi-Fi. TMC Early Access, (2020).
  • Networking

  • Chenning Li, Hanqing Guo, Shuai Tong, Xiao Zeng, Zhichao Cao, Mi Zhang, Qiben Yan, Li Xiao, Jiliang Wang, and Yunhao Liu.
    NELoRa: Towards Ultra-low SNR LoRa Communication with Neural-enhanced Demodulation. Sensys 2021.
  • Zhichao Cao, Jiliang Wang, Daibo Liu, Qiang Ma, Xin Miao, and Xufei Mao.
    Chase++: Fountain-Enabled Fast Flooding in Asynchronous Duty Cycle Networks. TON 29(1):410-422, (2021).
  • Li Liu, Yuguang Yao, Zhichao Cao, and Mi Zhang.
    DeepLoRa: Learning Accurate Path Loss Model for Long Distance Links in LPWAN. INFOCOM 2021.
  • Security/Data-driven Application

  • Jialuo Du, Chenning Li, Zhenge Guo, and Zhichao Cao.
    SRPeek: Super Resolution Enabled Screen Peeking via COTS Smartphone. ICPADS 2021.
  • Lingkun Li, Manni Liu, Yuguang Yao, Fan Dang, Zhichao Cao, and Yunhao Liu.
    Patronus: Preventing Unauthorized Speech Recordings with Support for Selective Unscrambling. Sensys 2020.
  • Hongbo Jiang, Hangcheng Cao, Daibo Liu, Jie Xiong, and Zhichao Cao.
    SmileAuth: Using Dental Edge Biometrics for User Authentication on Smartphones. IMWUT 4(3):84:1-84:24, (2020).

Teaching

  • Fall 2020/Spring 2021, CSE-220, Programming in C
  • Spring 2020, CSE-891, AIoT: Artificial Intelligence in the Edge

Protocol Codes

  • L2 Implementation in TinyOS.
  • Chase Implementation in TinyOS.

Quote

"Nothing endures but change."

- Heraclitus, Greek philosopher (540 BC - 480 BC)