Panel: Talent Gathering Toward Ocean Success


Dr. Cui received her Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from UCLA in 2003. Currently, she is a Full Professor in the College of Computer Science and Technology, Jilin University, China. From Aug. 2003 to Aug. 2017, she was on faculty in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at University of Connecticut (UConn). She also served as the Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies and Diversity of School of Engineering at UConn from 2009-2012. At UConn, Jun-Hong founded and is leading the interdisciplinary UnderWater Sensor Network Lab, which involves more than 30 faculty members from eight departments across two schools. From 2012 to 2014, she led the efforts to launch an NSF I/UCRC (Industry/University Cooperative Research Center) for Smart Ocean Technology, in collaboration with University of Washington. In the research community, Jun-Hong co-founded the first ACM International Workshop on UnderWater Networks (WUWNet'06), which now has become a stand-alone premium conference in the area.

She has been serving as the WUWNet steering committee chair. Jun-Hong received 2007 NSF CAREER Award and 2008 ONR Young Investigator Award. She also received the United Technologies Corporation (UTC) Professorship in Engineering Innovation award at UConn in 2008 and UCLA Engineering Distinguished Young Alumnus Award in 2010. She received Outstanding Junior Faculty Mentoring Award, School of Engineering UConn in 2013 and became an elected CASE (Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering) member in 2014. Starting from 2016, Dr. Cui joined Jilin University as a Special Expert for the China 1000 Talent Program (selected in 2015) and founded the first Smart Ocean Research Center in China.

Dr. Li Ya, born in 1974, is the director of marine geotechnology in the research institute of Tsinghua University in Shenzhen and also the founder and CEO of Shenzhen Prime Ocean Technology Inc. As a renowned offshore geotechnical expert, Dr. Li was elected to the Technical Committee of Offshore Geotechnical Engineering for both ISO and API. Dr. Li has been actively involved in the production and research activities of frontier offshore geotechnical engineering since 2003.

He has worked for Fugro, Arup and Technip, and CNOOC, presiding over the geotechnical planning and design implementation for a series of large-scale offshore development projects across the world. He was a research professor of Southern University of Science and Technology just before the current position. Dr. Li’s interest is to develop and renovate the offshore geotechnical system ranging from data acquisition, interpretation, integration to implement to support the offshore energy and resource development including oil and gas, offshore wind, gas hydrate, seabed carbon storage and etc. Dr. Li is the author of numerous academic papers and patents, and has also delivered keynote speeches on numerous technical forums.

WUWNet'21 Panelists

Jianguo Huang is professor and doctoral supervisor of Northwestern Polytechnic University. He was the Dean of the School of Navigation, the Director of the National Key Laboratory, the Expert of Special Government Allowance of the State Council, the Chairman of IEEE Xi'an Chapter, and the Chairman of many international conferences.

He has presided over more than 40 important scientific research projects at national and provincial levels, including key models, national defense pre-research, national security major basic research, 863 and National Natural Science Foundation of China, etc. He has published 5 monographs and translations, more than 400 papers in important academic journals and international academic conferences at home and abroad, and his research results have won the National Science Congress Award and the National Science and Technology Progress First Prize and Second Prize each, and 17 ministerial first, second and third prizes. He has received 17 first, second and third prizes at ministerial level.

Shaobin Cai received the Ph.D. degree in computer system architecture from the Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China, in 2005. He is a Minjiang Scholar of Fujian Province. He is currently a Professor of Computer Science and Technology with Huaqiao University, Quanzhou, China. His primary research interests include ad hoc networks, wireless sensor networks, underwater acoustic sensor networks, and the blockchain technology. Dr. Cai is a member of the Wireless Sensor Network Committee of the Chinese Computer Society.

Fengzhong Qu received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, in 2002 and 2005, respectively, both in electrical engineering. He received the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA, in 2009. From 2009 to 2010, he was an Adjunct Research Scholar in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Florida. Since 2011, he has been with the Ocean College, Zhejiang University, Zhoushan, China, where he is currently a professor and the Chair of the Institute of Ocean Sensing and Networking. His current research interests include underwater acoustic communications and networking, underwater positioning, and signal processing. He is an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, the IET Communications and China Communications.

Zhi Sun has been a tenured Associate Professor at Tsinghua University since 2021. He received the Ph.D. degree from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2011, the M.S. degree from Tsinghua University in 2007, and the B.S. degree from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT) in 2004. Before joining Tsinghua University in 2021, Zhi Sun was a tenured Associate Professor at University at Buffalo, the State University of New York, which he joined in 2012 as an Assistant Professor. Zhi Sun is a senior member of IEEE.

Zhi Sun’s research mainly focuses on the fields of underground and underwater wireless communications and networking, physical layer security, and mobile millimeter wave networking using reconfigurable reflect-arrays. He was a recipient of the US NSF CAREER Award in 2017 and the UB Exceptional Scholar-Young Investigator Award in 2017. To date, he has published more than 90 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers. He received the Best Demo Award at IEEE Infocom in 2017 and the Best Paper Award at IEEE Globecom in 2010. Zhi Sun has been serving as the editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications and Computer Networks (Elsevier) since 2016. During his tenure at University at Buffalo, he has led 7 US federal research projects, from US National Science Foundation and US Department of Energy.

Lingling Zhu, she is the secretary general of Nanshan Alumni Alliance of Global Top Universities, partner of CubeHub, master of finance of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, winner of JCI Hong Kong 2018 Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau Young Leaders of the Greater Bay Area, member of Youth Committee of Shenzhen Overseas Chinese Association, first batch of "Business Mentor" issued by Shenzhen Human Resources Bureau, executive Board Member of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Youth Association.