About Me

Dr Tao (Kevin) Huang received a PhD 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, and 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 the James Cook University. Before academia, Dr Huang held various positions in the industry such as senior software engineer, senior data scientist, project team lead and technical authority.  Currently, he is the program coordinator for the Master of Engineering (Professional) for the 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 Communication Society and a member of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society.

Recent News

  • 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
  • 13 Nov. 2020 - Great news! CRC Longevity has been shortlisted for Stage 2 of CRC Round 22 funding.
  • 30 Oct. 2020 - Our work on Smart Catchments "Innovation through collaboration: Improving Urban Water Management for a Reef Council" is now published in Water e-Journal Vol 5 No 3 2020. Also available online here and PDF version here.
  • 30 Oct. 2020 - Our recent work submitted to the IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (Impact Factor: 17.861) is now under revision.
  • 19 Oct. 2020 - Dr Huang received a Certificate of Appreciation for participation in the Workplace Learning Program 2020 from the St Andrew's Catholic College, Redlynch Valley.
  • 6 Oct. 2020 - Dr Huang has been elected to the IEEE Senior Member grade for his significant contributions to the profession.
  • 19 Aug. 2020 - Our collaborated work “Smart Catchment” with the Cairns Regional Council has now published in the Digital Stormwater E-Magazine. You can review the complete article by following this link
  • 18 Aug. 2020 - Our new building on Cairns Campus, the JCU Ideas Lab is now ready!
  • 20 June 2020 - Our recent collaboration with the Centre for IoT and Telecommunications, University of Sydney,  on "Deep Learning-based Techniques for Grant-Free Non-Orthogonal Multiple Access for B5G-IoT", presented at the AusCTW 2020
  • 10 June 2020 -  In the modern world, we have several key challenges, and longevity is one of them. Dr Huang is a member of the  CRC Longevity research team
  • 8 June 2020 - Check out the latest video we made for Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef for the Reef RADicals competition at reefradicals.org. Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef and James Cook University have joined forces to find our next generation of passionate and inspiring Reef RADicals. 
  • 4 June 2020 - Dr Huang together with Dr Holdsworth received the very first and competitive JCU's Sandpit to Seed (S2S) funding support to further develop an innovative commercialisation opportunity.
  • 17 March 2020 - Dr Huang's Webcast: Automating STIV measurements, presented at NZ Hydrological Society Technical Workshop. The outcome is the first IoT solution/prototype that developed for near-real-time automated discharge measurement.


Smart Catchments: Saltwater Creek (2018~2019)

Future Students

I am looking for potential research candidates with

  • good mathematical background,
  • demonstrated critical thinking ability and problem-solving skills, and
  • high self-motivation.

If you have all the pre-requisites mentioned above and also interested in working with me, 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

In this phase, please send me the following documents:

  • detailed CV
  • your academic transcripts
  • list of publications (if any)
  • research proposal (if any)

I will evaluate your documents and give you feedback. If I agree to be your supervisor, then we can move to phase 2.

Phase 2

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.

If you are a student from China, you may consider applying the China Scholarship Council (CSC) funding to support your PhD study or visiting study.

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)
  • EE2300: Electronics 1 (Level 2; CNS)
  • EE3700: Communications Systems Principles (Level 3; CNS)
  • EG5311: Research Project 1 (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, A Trading Company (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, A Satellite Communication Company (Adelaide)
  • 2003 to 2005 - Research/Software Engineer, Telecommunication Industry (Chengdu)
Research Disciplines
  • 2010 to 2014 - Australian Postgraduate Award (University of New South Wales)
  • 2010 to 2014 - Engineering Research 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)

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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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