About Me

Dr Huang holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.  He is the program coordinator for the Master of Engineering (Professional) (Internet of Things and Data Engineering). Dr Huang is a PhD advisor and an expert in deep learning and wireless communications. He is the principal researcher of the Intelligent Computing and Communications (ICC) Lab.  Welcome self-motivated Ph.D./MPhil candidates to join the lab

Before academia, Dr Huang worked in the industry and held positions such as senior software engineer, senior data scientist, project team lead, and technical lead. Star projects include Inmarsat IsatPhone Pro development, Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System development, and Global Broadband Area Network Modem development.

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Contact me: tao.huang1@jcu.edu.au

Dr Huang is a Senior Member of IEEE and an Associate Editor of the

  • IEEE Open Journal Of Communications Society,

  • IEEE Access,

  • IET Communications.

He is also a Topical Advisory Panel Member of MDPI Electronics and a Managing Editor of the IEEE R10 Newsletter. Dr Huang is a member of the IEEE Communication Society, IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, and IEEE Industrial Electronics Society.  Dr Huang has served in several international conferences as

TPC Chair/Vice Chair

  • Vice Chair  - 2023 The 2nd International Symposium on Computing and Artificial Intelligence.

  • Chair - 2019 The 4th EAI International Conference on Smart Grid and Innovative Frontiers in Telecommunications.

Program Vice-Chair 

  • 2022 The 25th IEEE International Conference on Computational Science and Engineering.

Symposium Chair

  • 2023 The 23rd IEEE International Conference on Communication Technology.


Sandpt to Seed (S2S) Grant, James Cook University

  • Project: Detection of animals with low-cost radar
  • Funding: $48,468
  • Year: 2023
  • Team: Myles Menz, Bronson Philippa, Tao Huang.
  • About: This project will investigate the potential of millimetre-wave imaging radar for the detection of animals in airspace. These radar systems have been developed for the automotive industry but have yet to be assessed for their capability as a detection tool for biological targets such as insects, birds, and bats. There is a huge market gap for low-cost biological sensors in industries such as agriculture, environmental management and conservation, and human health. This project will provide a proof of concept that can then be used to generate further funding and a start-up to further develop this product, with the intention to deploy a network of units as a sensor array.

Northern Australia Regional Digital Health Collaborative (NARDHC)

  • Project: Fusion of wearable and environmental sensors for remote monitoring of health and well-being in elderly populations
  • Funding: $48,063 
  • Year: 2023
  • Team: Stephanie Baker, Euijoon Ahn, Tao (Kevin) Huang, Bronson Philippa, Caryn West, and Christopher Rouen.
  • About:  This project aims to improve healthcare access for aged care in remote areas of Australia by developing an intelligent home health monitoring prototype. The system will use wearable sensors, mmWave technology, and AI to monitor vital signs, physical activity, and environmental conditions. It will analyze the data collected and provide early warning alerts to medical professionals and caregivers. By demonstrating the feasibility of this innovative solution, the project seeks to improve the quality of life for older adults in remote areas and provide peace of mind to caregivers and family members.

Australian Research Council Discovery Project 

  • Project: Low-cost Sensing Methods and Hybrid Learning Models
  • Funding: $450,000
  • Year: 2022, 2023, 2024
  • Team:  Professor Wei Xiang; Professor Yi-Ping Phoebe Chen; Dr Tao (Kevin) Huang; Dr Peng Cheng; Dr Tran Khoa Phan; Professor Lajos Hanzo.
  • About:  This project aims to revolutionize the theory and practice of sensing and monitoring by developing novel Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things technologies. This project expects to generate new knowledge in Artificial Intelligence of Things by combining sensing, machine learning, and big data analytics. Expected outcomes of this project include novel low-cost sensing methods and new hybrid machine-learning models for predictive sensory data analytics. This should provide significant benefits, such as substantially reduced operating and service costs and improved accuracy for real-time monitoring in the fields where cheap-to-implement and easy-to-service monitoring systems over large geographical areas are imperative.

JCUS-JCUA Cross-Campus Collaboration Grant

  • Project: Lightweight Blockchain Development for Healthcare IoT
  • Funding amount: $4911.12
  • Year: 2022
  • Team: Jusak Jusak (JCUS), Tao Huang (JCUA), and Steven Kerrison(JCUS). 

Sandpt to Seed (S2S) Grant, James Cook University

  • Project: Design low-cost computer-vision-based discharge sensing technology
  • Funding: $79,500
  • Year: 2020
  • Team: Tao Huang and Jason Holdsworth.


Examples of Dr Huang's current research. Click here for a full list of publications. 

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Smart Sensing 

Dr. Huang developed a prototype of a computer vision-based discharge sensing system in the Smart Catchment Project in collaboration with Cairns Regional Council. The prototype is installed at Saltwater Creek at Cairns.

  • Lynne Powel, HanShe Lim, Iain Brown, Tao Huang, Neils Munksgaard, Mark Randall, Jason Holdsworth, and Helen Cook, "Innovation through collaboration: improving urban water management for a reef council," in Water E-Journal, vol. 5, no. 3, Oct. 2020
  • A report in Magazine: Nicole Nally, "Caring for coral," in StormWater, pp. 26-27 Aug. 2020.

 Image Processing

  • Kang Han, Wei Xiang, Eric Wang and Tao Huang, "A Novel Occlusion-aware Vote Cost for Light Field Depth Estimation," in IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (PAMI), August 2021. doi:10.1109/TPAMI.2021.3105523, Early Access.
  • Jianan Liu, Hao Li, Tao Huang, Euijoon Ahn, Adeel Razi, and Wei Xiang, "Unsupervised Representation Learning for 3D MRI Super Resolution with Degradation Adaptation," 2022, arXiv:2205.06891v1, version 1, DOI: https://doi.org/10.48550/arXiv.2205.06891, [PREPRINT].

Object Detection and Tracking

  • Jianan Liu, Liping Bai, Yuxuan Xia, Tao Huang, Bing Zhu, and Qing-long Han, "GNN-PMB: A Simple but Effective Online 3D Multi-Object Tracker without Bells and Whistles," 2022, accepted in IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Vehicles, arXiv:2206.10255v4, version 4, DOI: https://doi.org/10.48550/arXiv.2206.10255, [PREPRINT].
  • Weiyi Xiong, Jianan Liu, Yuxuan Xia, Tao Huang, Bing Zhu, and Wei Xiang, "Contrastive Learning for Automotive mmWave Radar Detection Points Based Instance Segmentation," 2022, arXiv:2203.06553v2, version 2, DOI: https://doi.org/10.48550/arXiv.2203.06553, accepted by the 2022 IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society Conference, [PREPRINT].
  • Jianan Liu, Weiyi Xiong, Liping Bai, Yuxuan Xia, Tao Huang, Wanli Ouyang, and Bing Zhu, "Deep Instance Segmentation with Automotive Radar Detection Points," in IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Vehicles, 22 April 2022, doi: 10.1109/TIV.2022.3168899, Early access.

Wireless Communications 

  • Umer Zia, Wei Xiang, Tao Huang, and I.H Naqvi, “Deep Learning-aided TR-UWB MIMO System,” in IEEE Transactions on Communications,  vol. 70, no. 10, pp. 6579-6588, Oct. 2022, doi: 10.1109/TCOMM.2022.3199489. (link)

  • Ruide Li, Jinglu Cui, Tao Huang, Lei Yang, and Shihao Yan, "Optimal Pulse-Position Modulation Order and Transmit Power in Covert Communications," in IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, vol. 71, no. 5, pp. 5570-5575, May 2022, doi: 10.1109/TVT.2022.3151197.
  • Shushi Gu, Xinyi Sun, Zhihua Yang, Tao Huang, Wei Xiang and Keping Yu, "Energy-Aware Coded Caching Strategy Design with Resource Optimization for Satellite-UAV-Vehicle Integrated Networks," in IEEE Internet of Things Journal,  vol. 9, no. 8, pp. 5799-5811, Apr. 2022. doi: 10.1109/JIOT.2021.3065664. 
  • Tao Huang, Xiaojun Yuan, Jinhong Yuan, and Wei Xiang, "Optimisation of Data Exchange in 5G vehicle Infrastructure edge networks," in IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, vol. 69, no. 9, pp. 9376-9389, Sept. 2020.

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Special Issue Call for Submission

  • Sensing, computing, and communications for the intelligent Internet of Things (IoT) involve the combination of technologies and methods used to facilitate communication, data collection, and analysis, as well as decision-making in IoT systems. This Special Issue,  "Intelligent IoT Systems: Challenges and Opportunities in Sensing, Computing, and Communications," in Electronics MDPI, aims to provide a platform for exchanging ideas and knowledge and to advance the understanding of intelligent IoT systems. Guest Editors: Dr A. S. M. Sanwar Hosen (Woosong University), Dr S. M. Riazul Islam (University of Huddersfield), Dr Tao Huang (JCU). Welcome to contribute! Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2023.
  • [Closed] Special Issue, "Security and Privacy for Modern Wireless Communication System," in Electronics MDPI, focuses on addressing the emerging security and privacy issues for modern wireless communication networks. Guest Editors: Dr Tao Huang (JCU), Dr Shihao Yan (ECU), Prof. Guanglin Zhang (DHU), Prof. Li Sun (XJTU), Prof. Tsz Hon Yuen (HKU), Dr YoHan Park (KMU), Prof. Changhoon Lee (SeoulTech). 

Recent News

  • 17 May 2023 - Our recent work, "Kerrison, S.; Jusak, J.; Huang, T. Blockchain-Enabled IoT for Rural Healthcare: Hybrid-Channel Communication with Digital Twinning. Electronics 2023, 12, 2128." has been featured by MDPI today in its newsletter under "Notable Articles" https://lnkd.in/gCX996kx and on its WeChat Platform https://lnkd.in/g6atxZYM. Today (17 May) is World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, and this year's focus is "Empowering the Least Developed Countries through Information and Communication Technologies."
  • 4 May 2023 – One of our works from the competitive JCUS-JCUA Cross Campus Collaboration Grant is now published: Steve Kerrison, Jusak Jusak, and Tao Huang, “Blockchain-Enabled IoT for Rural Healthcare: Hybrid-Channel Communication with Digital Twinning,” in Electronics, 2023. Open access here
  • 20 April 2023  – Dr Huang co-hosts the seminar: Antenna, Microwave and Electromagnetic Research For Smart Cities -- Prof. Dr.-Ing. Suramate Chalermwisutkul from King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok.
  • 30 March 2023 – Dr Huang will lead the JCU robotics team as a mentor to participate in the IEEE Region 10 (Asia Pacific) Robotics Competition.

  • 21 March 2023 – Dr Huang is awarded 2023 IEEE ComSoc Chapter Funding US $1500 for 2023 membership recruitment and retention efforts within the Northern Australia Joint Chapter. 
  • 24 March 2023 – Dr Huang co-hosted a seminar online, “Present and future spin-on electro-optic waveguide modulator,” with Sections from South Australia, Victorian, New South Wales, Queensland, and Australian Capital Territory. This seminar is presented by Professor Shiyishi Yokoyama (Kyushu Univerity)
  • 10 March 2023 – Dr Huang is invited to be a Vice Technical Program Co-chair of the 2023 2nd International Symposium on Computing and Artificial Intelligence (ISCAI 2023).
  • 9 March 2023 – Our project application for Sandpt to Seed (S2S) grant at James Cook University is successfully funded ($48,468). Project team: Myles Menz, Bronson Philippa, Tao Huang. Project: Detection of animals with low-cost radar.

  • 8 March 2023 – Dr Huang is invited to join the JCU Founder-in-Residence Portfolio on Linkedin.

  • 8 March 2023 – Congratulations to my student Raiyan Talkhani who has his book chapter: Chapter 1: Deep Learning for Vehicle Safety, published in the book: Deep Learning and Its Applications for Vehicle Networks. Publisher: CRC Press (Taylor & Francis Group). Raiyan worked on this project when he was doing a Master of Engineering (Professional, Internet of Things and Data Engineering) at James Cook University. Congratulations and well done, Raiyan! DOI: 10.1201/9781003190691-2 Open Access Link: https://lnkd.in/gCUtPKBt.

  • 2 March 2023 – Dr Huang is invited to be a Symposium Chair at the 2023 IEEE 23rd International Conference on Communication Technology (ICCT).

  • 16 February 2023 – Our work: Wei Meng, Yidong Gu, Jianjun Bao, Xue Cui, Li Gan, Tao Huang, and Zhengmin Kong, “Cooperative Jamming with AF Relay in Power Monitoring and Communication Systems for Mining,” is accepted by MDPI Electronics.

  • 13 February 2023 – Dr Huang is invited to be a guest editor for MDPI Electronics' special issue, “Sensing, Computing, and Communications for Intelligent Internet of Things.”

  • 12 February 2023 – Our work: Majumder Haider, M. K. Peyal, Tao Huang, and Wei Xiang, “Road Crack Avoidance: A CNN-based Smart Transportation System for Intelligent Vehicles," is now published online by the Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems: Technology, Planning and Operations (IF 3.839), Available at https://doi.org/10.1080/15472450.2023.2175613.

  • 12 January 2023 – Dr Huang is invited by Prof. Dr Andi Adriansyah to join the Editorial Board of  SINERGI Journal as an Editor. SINERGI is a peer-reviewed international journal published three times a year in February, June, and October. The journal is published by the Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Mercu Buana.

  • 10 January 2023 – Dr Huang is invited to join the Technical Committee of the 2023 International Symposium on Automation, Mechanical and Design Engineering (SAMD), which will be held on 8-10 December 2023 in Macau, China.

  • 10 January 2023 – Dr Huang is invited to join the IEEE R10 Newsletter sub-Committee as a Managing Editor.

  • 7 January 2023 – Dr Huang is invited to join IEEE Access as an associate editor.

  • 7 January 2023 – Dr Huang is invited to be the TPC member of the 2023 IEEE INFOCOM AidTSP: International Workshop on AI-driven Trustworthy, Secure, and Privacy-Preserving Computing.

  • More news can be found at the Intelligent Computing and Communications Lab.

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Useful Links

  • 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)
  • Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • IEEE Communication Society Member
  • IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Member
  • IEEE Vehicular Technology Society Member
  • IEEE Industrial Electronics Society Member
  • Mathmatic Modelling
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • IoT Privacy and Security
  • Wireless Communications
  • Coding and Information Theory
  • Edge/Cloud Computing
  • Intelligent Computing, Machine Learning, Deep Learning and Applications
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Image/Video Processing (Medical Image / Nature Image)
  • Electronics Systems
  • Smart Vehicles, Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • 2023 to present - Communication Society Chapter Chair, IEEE Northern Australia Section (Cairns)
  • 2022 to present - Young Professionals Affinity Group Chair, IEEE Northern Australia Section (Cairns)
  • 2022 to present - Robotics Competition Committee Member, IEEE Region 10 (Asia Pacific) (Cairns)
  • 2020 to present - Lecturer, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 2022 - Communication Society Chapter Vice Chair, IEEE Northern Australia Section (Cairns)
  • 2021 - Student Branch Councillor Cairns, IEEE Northern Australia Section (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)
  • 2010 to 2014 - PhD Candidate (Electrical Engineering), The University of New South Wales (Sydney)
  • 2007 to 2009 - Senior Engineer/Team Lead/Technical Authority, DSpace / EMS SATCOM (Adelaide)
  • 2005 to 2007 - Postgraduate Student (Master of Engineering, Sensor System Signal Processing), The University of Adelaide (Adelaide)
  • 2003 to 2005 - Research and Software Engineer, China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (Chengdu)
  • 1999 to 2003 - Undergraduate Student (Electronics Information and Engineering), Huazhong University of Science and Technology (Wuhan)
Research Disciplines
  • 2022 - Supervise the ICC Lab member Umer Zia’s project “IoT-Enabled Smart Farming in Queensland” received an Honorary Mention in the 2022 ComSoc Student Competition "Communications Technology Changing the World."
  • 2022 - First place winner for the APAC region in the IEEE ComSoc Internet for All competition
  • 2022 - IEEE Outstanding Leadership Award
  • 2022 - JCU Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning for creating an innovative and student-focused curriculum and culture of learning that provides engineering students with job-ready skills in electronics and the Internet of Things
  • 2020 - Certificate of Appreciation for participation in the Workplace Learning Program from St Andrew's Catholic College, Redlynch Valley.
  • 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)

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 27+ research outputs authored by Dr Tao Huang from 2012 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

Australian Research Council - Discovery - Projects

Low-cost Sensing Methods and Hybrid Learning Approaches for Water Quality Monitoring

Indicative Funding
$50,000 over 3 years (administered by La Trobe University)
This project aims to investigate innovative solutions for low-cost water quality monitoring by utilising state-of-the-art Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence technologies. This project expects to generate new knowledge in the area of artificial intelligent Internet of Things using interdisciplinary approaches. Expected outcomes of this project include novel low-cost alternative sensing methods and new hybrid learning network models for sensory data predictive analytics. This should provide significant national benefits, such as substantially reduced costs and improved accuracy for real-time monitoring of the Great Barrier Reef.
Wei Xiang, Yi-Ping Phoebe Chen, Tao Huang, Peng Cheng, Tran Khoa Phan and Lajos Hanzo (La Trobe University, College of Science & Engineering and University of Southampton)
Water Quality

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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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Deep Learning for Improved Construction Waste Management (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Explainable AI for Medical Applications (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Massive Multiple-input and Multiple-output (MIMO) Technique for Visible Light Communications (VLC) Systems (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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