Wei Cheng

Wei Cheng, Ph.D.

Chair and Associate Professor of Computer Science and Systems, Tacoma School of Engineering and Technology
Adjunct Associate Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of Washington
Email: uwcheng [at] uw [dot] edu


Dr. Wei Cheng is an Wireless Networking Systems, Cybersecurity, and Smart City expert with more than 20 years experience. His career milestones include being an Associate Professor and Computer Science and Systems Chair at the University of Washington (Tacoma Campus), an Assistant Professor of Computer Science with the Virginia Commonwealth University, a Research Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and a Postdoc with the University of California Davis. Wei received his Ph.D. from the George Washington University. His research interests span the areas of wireless networks, smart city, edge computing, and cybersecurity. In particular, he is working on smart curbside parking, localization in GPS-denied environments, acoustic communications in IoT, HCI and Security, public safety networks, and RFID systems for smart transportation. He published more than 90 papers, edited 1 book, and has 1 U.S. patent. His research has been contineously funded by National Science Foundation and also supported by National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Transportation, City Goverments, and Industries. He served as the technical program committee chair/member and the editorial board member for several top international conferences and journals, respectively.

Current Research Projects

Student Recruitment

Selected Products [My Google Scholar]

Smart Curbside Parking
Application Features & Key Findings

Build Curbside Parking Map

Curbsdie Parking Planning & Navigation

Smart Car Autonomous Parking

City Traffic and CO2 Reduction

  • Automatically read curbside parking sign via cam
  • Curbside parking circling navigation
  • Curbsdie parking open spot detection
  • Curbside parking rule data
  • Automatically read street parking signs, symbols, and calculate the maximal allowed parking time based on the time of arrival. The first two videos can be played in 4K.

    HCI & Security [Ref. 1]
    Application Features & Key Findings

    Device Control

    Security Service

  • Nano EMG for finger movement detection
  • Finger movement based control
  • Finger movement based authentication
  • Finger movement based key pairing
  • Device Positioning and Navigation in GPS-denied Environments [Ref. 1][Ref. 2][Ref. 3][Ref. 4][Ref. 5]
    Application Features & Key Findings

    Search & Rescue

    Indoor Navigation, Public Safety Networks

    Drone Swarm, Vehicle Swarm, Smartphone

    Underwater Networks, Space Exploration

  • Smartphone based acoustic communication
  • Infrastructure free
  • Quick autonomous organization and localization
  • Theoretically proved the localizability equivalence between centralized and distributed implementations.
  • Theoretically proved the localizability equivalence via altitude/depth awared projection
  • 3-5cm fast phone-to-phone ranging accuracy
  • Each symble represents a smartphone. There are six phones. The picture shows each phone's view of the network.

    Fast Resilence Networking [Ref. 1][Ref. 2][Ref. 3]
    Application Features & Key Findings

    Smart Community, Public Safety Networks

    Super Dense Wireless Networks

  • Unicast based route discovery
  • Check the existence of mulipath in a small constant time
  • Channle assignment complexity analysis
  • RFID based Information Track [Ref. 1][Ref. 2][Ref. 3]
    Application Features & Key Findings
    Smart Transportation
  • Resilence to weather and light conditions
  • Full unmanned vehicle support
  • Lane level navigation
  • Smart parking
  • Security enhancement
  • Grants

  • NSF
  • NIST
  • DOT
  • City Goverments

  • Teaching Experience

  • Computer Organization
  • Computer Architecture
  • Senior Project Design
  • Graduate:
  • Network Security
  • Wireless and System Security
  • Applied Distributed Computing

  • Service Experience

  • Program Chair
  • Undergraduate Committee
  • Graduate Committee
  • ABET Assessment Coordinator
  • Faculty Search Committee (Chair)
  • University:
  • UWT Faculty Affairs Committee
  • UWT Distinguished Research Award Committees
  • Computer Literacy Seminar
  • Synergistic Activities:
  • TPC Chair: WASA 2018, WUWNet 2016 (vice), WTS 2014
  • Workshop Co-Chair: ICCCN 2015
  • Guest Editor: IoT Journal, WCMC, TNSE, JWCN, etc.

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