About Me

Dr Tao (Kevin) Huang (PhD supervisor, IEEE Senior Member) received his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) from The University of New South Wales, advised by Professor Jinhong Yuan. He received a master's degree in Sensor System Signal Processing from The University of Adelaide. He received a bachelor's degree in Electronics Information and Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Dr Huang received the Australian Postgraduate Award and Engineering Research Award at The University of New South Wales. Dr Huang was an Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research Fellow supported by the Australia Government Department of Education. He was a visiting researcher at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He was a research associate at the University of New South Wales and a postdoctoral research fellow (advised by Professor Wei Xiang) at James Cook University.

Before academia, Dr Huang has been working in the industry for over six years. He held various positions such as senior software engineer, senior data scientist, project team lead and technical authority. Star projects include Inmarsat IsatPhone Pro development, Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System development, and Global Broadband Area Network Modem development.

Currently, he is a continuing lecturer (assistant professor) in Electronic Systems and IoT Engineering at James Cook University. In addition, he is the program coordinator for the Master of Engineering (Professional) (Internet of Things and Data Engineering) and the IEEE Cairns Student Branch Councillor for 2021. Dr Huang is a Senior Member of IEEE, a member of the IEEE Communications Society and a member of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society. He is a Topic Editor for the MDPI Electronics journal.

I am looking for self-motivated PhD/MPhil candidates to join my lab.  My research interests focus on Deep Learning, Smart Sensing, Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition, Future Wireless Communications, and IoT Security. More information can be found at Tao's Intelligent Computing and Communications Lab.

Recent News

  • 13 Sep. 2021 - Our paper: Shushi Gu, Fugang Wang, Qinyu Zhang, Tao Huang, and Wei, Xiang, "Global Repair Bandwidth Cost Optimization of Generalized Regenerating Codes in Clustered Distributed Storage Systems," is now accepted by IET Communications (Impact Factor 1.664).

  • 12 Aug. 2021 - Our paper: Kang Han, Wei Xiang, Eric Wang, and Tao Huang, "A Novel Occlusion-aware Vote Cost for Light Field Depth Estimation," is now accepted by IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (Impact Factor 16.389). Congratulations to the PhD student Kang and the research team! Early access to this article: https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/9517020.

  • 5 July ~ 15 July 2021 - Dr Huang conducted an online subject in machine learning as a part of the 2021 Sichuan University International Summer Session.

  • 17 June 2021 - Dr Huang gave a presentation at the Overseas Academic Elite Seminar organized by XUT/JCU.
  • 30 May 2021 - IEEE International Conference on Communications, 14-23 June 2021 // Virtual / Montreal: Connectivity – Security – Privacy. The detailed program is here.
  • 26 May 2021 - Dr Huang co-hosts an IEEE Communications Society's Virtual Distinguished Lecture on 29 May 2021 at AEST time 2:00 pm ~ 3:00 pm: UAV Networks: Architectures, Opportunities, Challenges, and Future by Prof Misra. Please register via https://events.vtools.ieee.org/event/register/272039 to receive the Zoom link.
  • 26 May 2021 - Our lab website is now online. Welcome to the Intelligent Computing and Communications Lab.
  • 25 May 2021 - Dr Huang received an invitation to conduct an online subject in machine learning at Sichuan University in July this year.
  • 25 March 2021 - Dr Huang received an invitation to become a topic editor of the MDPI Electronics Journal.
  • 16 March 2021 - Our collaborated work "Energy-Aware Coded Caching Strategy Design with Resource Optimization for Satellite-UAV-Vehicle Integrated Networks" is accepted by IEEE Internet of Things Journal. Early access at Digital Object Identifier: 10.1109/JIOT.2021.3065664
  • Previous news can be found at Tao's Intelligent Computing and Communications Lab.


Smart Catchments: Saltwater Creek (2018~2019)

Future Students

Since you are now reading this section, you must be interested in the field of Intelligent Computing or Wireless Communications. This is great! Now you need to see whether you have the following pre-requisites:

  • Good mathematical background,

  • Demonstrated critical thinking ability,

  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills, and

  • Strong self-motivation.

If you have all the pre-requisites, then there are two phases of your application. If you not sure how to contact a potential supervisor, this link may help you.

Phase 1 - Establish Contact 

In this phase, please send Dr Huang the following documents:

  • Current curriculum vitae (CV)

  • Transcripts and testamurs for all qualifications completed or currently underway

  • Self-evaluation against this scholarship scoring procedure (please justify your score)

  • Proof of English language proficiency (for international applicants only, if you have one)

  • A piece of your most recent writing (if any)

  • List of publications (if any)

  • Research proposal (if any)

Your submitted files and email will be evaluated carefully. Selected applicants will be organized with a presentation, then following a short interview. Successful candidates will move to the next phase.

Phase 2 - Submit Application

Please refer to the Graduate Research School website for more information about How to Apply and information about Scholarships. Note that JCU Scholarships for Higher Degree by Research Candidates are awarded annually on a competitive basis to the top-ranking applicants. Usually, the deadline for the application with a scholarship is the end of September.

Note that Domestic Applicants means Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents, and New Zealand Citizens. International Applicants are all other applicants. For international applicants, please refer to the English language requirement and prepare the required documents.

Students from India

Please send me your GATE score if you have one. The ranking of the universities in India can be found here.

Students from China

You may consider applying for the China Scholarship Council (CSC) funding to support your PhD study or visiting study. Please contact Dr Huang if you intend to apply for the CSC scholarship.

Useful Links

  • CC3910: Digital Communication Technologies (Level 3; CNS)
  • CC5501: Privacy and Security in IoT (Level 5; CNS)
  • CC5901: Low-Power and Wide-Area loT Communications Network (Level 5; CNS)
  • EE3700: Communications Systems Principles (Level 3; CNS)
  • EG5311: Research Project 1 (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • EG5312: Research Project 2 (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Internet of Things
  • Wireless Communications
  • Machine-Learning
  • Big Data Analytics
  • IoT Privacy and Security
  • Edge/Cloud Computing
  • Image Processing
  • Coding and Information Theory
  • 2020 to present - Lecturer, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 2018 to 2019 - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 2016 to 2018 - Senior Data Scientist, Compass Global Markets (Sydney)
  • 2014 to 2015 - Research Associate, University of New South Wales (Sydney)
  • 2014 - Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research Fellow, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
  • 2013 to 2014 - Research Assistant, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
  • 2007 to 2009 - Senior Engineer/Team Lead/Technical Authority, DSpace / EMS SATCOM (Adelaide)
  • 2003 to 2005 - Research Development Software Engineering, China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (Chengdu)
Research Disciplines
  • 2010 to 2014 - Engineering Research Award (University of New South Wales)
  • 2010 to 2014 - Australian Postgraduate Award (University of New South Wales)
  • 2011 - Postgraduate Research Student Support Conference Travel Grant (University of New South Wales)
  • 2011 - Best Academic Paper Award, IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference. (University of New South Wales)
  • 2007 - Golden Key International Honour Society Membership (The University of Adelaide)
  • 2003 - Excellent Graduate Award (Huazhong University of Science and Technology)
  • 2002 - Single Subject Prize Award (Huazhong University of Science and Technology)
  • 2002 - Runner-up in the 2nd University Mathematical Modelling Contest (Huazhong University of Science and Technology)
  • 2014 - Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research Fellow (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

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Department of Industry - Innovations Connections

Internet of Things and Big Data Analytics for Cairns Marine

Indicative Funding
$50,000 over 1 year (administered by Cairns Marine), in partnership with Cairns Marine Pty Ltd ($53,109)
This project will assist to analyse the large repository of data held by Cairns marine in relation to its full operations, i.e., from harvest to husbandry, inventory tracking and sales fulfilment. The physical systems currently in use at Cairns Marine are extensive and complex, involving a range of activities in Northern Australia, all activities on site (including R&D) in Cairns and full product (marine animals) stewardship to destination. A deep and informed understanding of data is required by the business to meet its growing global product commitments.
Wei Xiang, Tao Huang, Lei Lei and Mostafa Rahimi Azghadi (College of Science & Engineering)
Internet Of Things; big data analytics; marine data; Machine Learning

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