Dr. Wenbing Zhao

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
College of Engineering, Cleveland State University  

Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara (under the supervision of Professors Louise Moser and Michael Melliar-Smith), 2002

M.S. (in Electrical and Computer Engineering), University of California, Santa Barbara, 1998

M.S. (in Physics), Peking University (also known as Beijing University), China,1993 (Winner of the National Yeh Chi-Sun Thesis Award on Experimental Physics)

B.S. (in Physics), Peking University (also known as Beijing University), China, 1990

Brief Bio



I have been appointed to the Associate Editor position for IEEE Access as of November 2016.

I am serving as the lead guest editor for a special issue on smart healthcare with MDPI's Applied Sciences journal (JCR impact factor = 1.726).

My paper on a novel technology that can be used to promote healthier workplaces has been accepted by IEEE Transactions on Human Machine Systems:
A Human-Centered Activity Tracking System: Toward a Healthier Workplace

I served as a Conference Chair for the 2016 4th International Conference on Behaviours, Education and Psychology (ICBEP 2016), which was held in San Francisco, CA October 23-25, 2016. I also delivered a keynote speech on my experiences with enriching engineering curriculum with courses on cutting-edge technologies.

My CSU Faculty Research Development proposal in collaboration with Dr. Ann Reinthal was funded (2016-2017).

I received two CSU undergraduate summer research awards for 2016.

I served as a Program Chair for the 2016 IEEE Smart World Congress, in Toulouse, France, July 18-21, 2016

I served as a member of the organizing committee for a special session on Cybermatics for Cyber-Enabled Worlds (CFP) with the 2016 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Budapest, Hungary, October 9-12, 2016. I also co-chaired for the session.

I am serving as a Publicity Chair for the upcoming Future Technologies Conference 2016, to be held in San Francisco, CA, December 6-7, 2016.

I am serving as the lead guest editor for a Special Issue on Scientific Programming towards a Smart World with Scientific Programming, an SCI-index journal

Congratulations to my past doctoral student, Dr. Hua Chai, for winning the CSU Outstanding Dissertation Award! See link1 and link2

Two my papers published in 2014, titled “Application-Aware Byzantine Fault Tolerance” and “Towards Trustworthy Complex Event Processing,” have been deemed significant research in the area of intrusion tolerance, and included in the index as part of the newsletters disseminated by Science of Security Virtual Organization. Only 10-15% of all published papers are deemed as significant research and indexed the organization.
 Significant Research Citation BadgeSoS Certificate2

One of my entries (Smart Software Infrastructure for Smart World) won the Top10Cs Smart World Competition on August 11, 2015, as part of Smart World Congress in Beijing, 2015.

I gave a tutorial on Human Motion Tracking and Recognition with Microsoft Kinect at the 12th IEEE International Conference on Ubiquitous Intelligence and Computing (UIC 2015) on August 10, 2015 in Beijing, China

I presented two tutorials at the 2015 World Congress in Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Applied Computing, on July 27-28, 2015. One on building dependable distributed systems, the other on human motion tracking and recognition with Microsoft Kinect, which is listed on the Worldcomp front page as one of two featured tutorials.

Our journal article on a novel mobile security and privacy framework has been recently accepted by IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing!

I am now officially an ABET program evaluator in the area of Computer Engineering as of June 2015.

Congratulations to Brian Krupp for successfully defending his Doctor of Engineering dissertation and accepting an offer to join Baldwin-Wallace University as a tenure-track assistant professor!

Our survey paper on Kinect technology has
finally been accepted and published by International Journal of Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence

OBWC Grant: "Safe Patient Handling among STNA’s in Nursing Homes: Compliance, Monitoring, and Continuous Quality Improvement of Best Practices” $246,462, as co-PI, with Drs. Goodman, Espy, Reinthal, Ekelman, Niederriter.

Co-Chair, IEEE MS 2015 Special Track on Mobile Services in Healthcare, to be held in New York, NY, June 27-July 2, 2015

Research monograph on fault tolerance, titled “Building Dependable Distributed Systems”, published in March 2014 by Scrivener Publishing, an imprint of Wiley
NSF Grant: “MRI: Acquisition of Equipment to Establish a Secure and Dependable Computing Infrastructure for Research and Education at Cleveland State University” $182,000, as PI, with Drs Sridhar, Yu and Fu, 9/2008 – 8/2012.
Most Promising Research Award: “BFT-WS: A Byzantine Fault Tolerance Framework for Web Services”, the 2007 Middleware for Web Services Workshop.
Fenn College Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award, Cleveland State University, May 2007.