Dr Tao Huang (Kevin) received his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from The University of New South Wales (Supervised by Professor Jinhong Yuan, IEEE Fellow). He received his master’s degree in Sensor System Signal Processing from The University of Adelaide (Advised by  Matthew Trinkle), and he received his 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 during his PhD program. He was an Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research Fellow supported by the Australia Government Department of Education in 2014. Dr Huang was a visiting scholar at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Dr Huang worked in various positions in the industry.  He worked as a senior engineer, project team lead, and technical authority in the telecommunications industry. He also worked as a data scientist in the financial industry.

After Dr Huang joined James Cook University, he worked closely with Professor Wei Xiang on several industrial IoT projects. For example, he worked on the smart catchment project with the Cairns Regional Council to develop an IoT solution, to monitor the quality of the water that flows into the Great Barrier Reef. He is currently working on a cloud IoT solution for a local business, to improve their competitive ability in the global market.

Dr Huang's interests focus on the various aspects of the Internet of Things (IoT) technology for real-world applications, such as privacy and security, cloud architecture and computing, machine-learning algorithms for big-data analytics, and low-power wide-area communications technologies.

Dr Huang is a member of the Institute of Engineers Australia (IEA) and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).


Smart Catchments: Saltwater Creek

  • Project objectives: This project delivers water quality data in real-time and in-turn inform better water management processes. 
  • Funding: Australian Government’s Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.
  • Project stakeholders: Cairns Regional Council, James Cook University, Itron, and WetTropics Healthy Waterways Partnership.
  • The team in JCU:
    • Professor Wei Xiang (Lead)
    • Dr Tao Huang (Kevin) 
    • Dr Han She Lim
    • Dr Neils Crosley Munksgaard
    • Dr Jason Holdsworth
  • Project webProject Link  
  • Project award media release: Queensland Water Awards - Winner of the Program Innovation Award 
  • Project Info on Australian Government Web.


  • 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)
  • EE2300: Electronics 1 (Level 2; CNS)
  • 2014 - Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research Fellow

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Internet of Things and Big Data Analytics for Cairns Marine

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$50,000 over 2 years (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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