Dr. Tao Zhang, an IEEE Fellow and Distinguished Engineer (Senior Director) in Cisco’s Corporate Strategy Group, joined Cisco in 2012 as the Chief Scientist for Smart Connected Vehicles and has since also been leading initiatives to develop strategies, architectures, technologies, and eco-systems for the Internet of Things and Fog Computing. For over 25 years, Tao has held various technical and executive positions directing and conducting research and product development in areas including vehicular networks, mobile ad-hoc networks, all-IP cellular networks (3G/4G), fiber optic networks, and financial trading systems. He has co-authored two books “Vehicle Safety Communications: Protocols, Security, and Privacy” (2012) and “IP-Based Next Generation Wireless Networks” (2004) published by John Wiley & Sons, holds over 50 U.S. patents, and has published over 70 peer-reviewed technical papers.
Tao was one of the initiators and a founding Board Director of the Open Fog Consortium, was a founding Board Director of the Connected Vehicle Trade Association (CVTA), and has served on the industry advisory boards for several research organizations. He was the Chair of the IEEE Communications Society Technical Sub-Committee on Vehicular Networks and Telematics Applications from 2013 to 2015. He initiated and served on various leadership positions for the International Conference on Collaborative Computing (CollaborateCom). He is a founding steering committee member of the IEEE Symposium on Edge Computing (SEC) and the IEEE International Conference on Collaboration and Internet Computing (CIC). He has been serving on editorial boards or as a guest editor for multiple technical journals. Tao has been an adjunct professor at several universities.