About Me

Dr. Tao (Kevin) Huang (Ph.D. supervisor, IEEE Senior Member) received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) from The University of New South Wales. 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 at James Cook University.

Before academia, Dr. Huang has been working in the industry for several 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). 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 Ph.D./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 the Intelligent Computing and Communications Lab.

Call for Submission

Security and privacy are always critical issues in wireless communication systems. To tackle these issues, novel cryptography designs, physical layer transmission strategies, network protocol, and related regulations are in high demand. This 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. Shihao Yan (UNSW), Prof. Guanglin Zhang (DHU), Prof. Li Sun (XJTU), Prof. Tsz Hon Yuen (HKU), Dr. YoHan Park (KMU), Prof. Changhoon Lee (SeoulTech), and myself (JCU). 

Welcome to contribute! Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2022.

(Click here to view more information or submit your paper.)

Recent News

  • 24 April 2022 - Our work: Jianan Liu, Weiyi Xiong, Liping Bai, Yuxuan Xia, Tao Huang, Wanli Ouyang, and Bing Zhu, "Deep Instance Segmentation with Automotive Radar Detection Points," is now accepted in IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Vehicles, doi: 10.1109/TIV.2022.3168899. Early access is here.

  • 19 April 2022 - Dr. Huang is invited to serve as a TPC member of the 2022 IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC).

  • 6 April 2022 - Dr. Huang is invited to be a Program Vice-Chair for the 25th IEEE International Conference on Computational Science and Engineering (2022 IEEE CSE), which will be held later this year at Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), Wuhan China.

  • 7 March 2022 - IEEE Region 10 Robotics Competition 2022 is now officially launched and the topic is Robotics for Healthcare. If you are interested, please see more information at http://robocomp.ieeer10.org/. You are welcome to submit the EoI form so that we can better help you.

  • 9 Feb. 2022 - Our paper: Ruide Li, Jinglu Cui, Tao Huang, Lei Yang, and Shihao Yan, "Optimal Pulse-Position Modulation Order and Transmit Power in Covert Communications," is now accepted by IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, doi: 10.1109/TVT.2022.3151197. Early access from here.
  • 7 Feb. 2022 - Welcome Umer (Ph.D. candidate in wireless communications) arrived at Cairns campus. Umer will be working on intelligent reflective surfaces (IRS).
  • 5 Feb. 2022 - Dr. Huang leads the team won the first prize (USD 3000) in the IEEE ComSoc Internet for All competition for the Asia Pacific (APAC) region.
  • 1 Feb. 2022 - Welcome Timothy joins the ICC Lab as a Ph.D. candidate and also congratulations on your 1st class honor degree.  Tim will be working on deep learning-based image processing problems.
  • 1 Feb. 2022 - Congratulations to ICC Lab member Bienvenido Hiyas Jr., an international Master of Engineering (Professional) (Internet of Things and Data Engineering) student, who is now with the Yabby Sensors & Consulting Company in Sunshine Coast, as a full-time Electronic and IoT Engineer. Well done!
  • 20 Jan. 2022 - Dr. Huang is serving on the CSE Research Committee.
  • 15 Jan. 2022 - Dr. Huang joins the IEEE Region 10 (Asia Pacific) 2022 Robotics Competition Committee.
  • 13 Jan. 2022 - Dr. Jusak Jusak (JCUS), Dr. Tao Huang (JCUA), and Dr. Steven Kerrison(JCUS), Project: Lightweight Blockchain Development for Healthcare IoT, successfully funded ($4911.12) under the JCUS-JCUA Cross-Campus Collaboration Grant Scheme, 2022.

  • 25 Dec. 2021 -  Dr. Huang is invited to be a TPC Member of Circuits and Systems Designs for Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things track of IEEE COINS 2022.
  • 24 Dec. 2021 - Australian Research Council - Discovery Project 2022 (DP220101634) Professor Wei Xiang; Professor Yi-Ping Phoebe Chen; Dr. Tao Huang(JCU); Dr. Peng Cheng; Dr. Tran Khoa Phan; Professor Lajos Hanzo “Low-cost Sensing Methods and Hybrid Learning Models” (Administering organization: La Trobe University), $450,000, 3 Years. We will be looking for Postdoc Research Fellow and PhDs to join this research project.
  • 15 Dec. 2021 - Dr. Huang is elected to serve the IEEE Northern Australia Section 2022 as Young Professionals Representative, Student Branch Councillor Cairns, and MTT-S/Com Vice-Chair.
  • Previous news can be found at the 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 are 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 Ph.D. study or visiting study. Please contact Dr. Huang if you intend to apply for the CSC scholarship.

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)
  • Internet of Things
  • Wireless Communications
  • Machine-Learning
  • Big Data Analytics
  • IoT Privacy and Security
  • Edge/Cloud Computing
  • Image Processing
  • Coding and Information Theory
  • 2022 to present - Young Professionals Representative, IEEE Northern Australia Section (Cairns)
  • 2022 to present - Communication Society Chapter Vice Chair, IEEE Northern Australia Section (Cairns)
  • 2022 to present - Robotics Competition Committee Member, IEEE Region 10 (Asia Pacific) (Cairns)
  • 2021 to present - Student Branch Councillor Cairns, IEEE Northern Australia Section (Cairns)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 2022 - First place winner for the APAC region in the IEEE ComSoc Internet for All competition
  • 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 - Runner-up in the 2nd University Mathematical Modelling Contest (Huazhong University of Science and Technology)
  • 2002 - Single Subject Prize Award (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 14+ 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.

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.

  • 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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