Wei Cheng

Wei Cheng, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Computer Science and Systems
School of Engineering and Technology, University of Washington | Tacoma
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (Adjunct), University of Washington | Seattle
Office: CP 206Q
Email: uwcheng [at] uw [dot] edu


Wei received his Ph.D from the George Washington University. His research interests span the areas of smart city, edge computing, and cybersecurity. In particular, he is working on localization in GPS-denied environments, HCI based security, public safety networks, underwater networks, and RFID systems for smart transportation. His research have been funded by NSF and NIST. He has more than 70 publications and 1 US patent. 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]

Device Positioning and Navigation in GPS-denied Environments [Ref. 1][Ref. 2][Ref. 3][Ref. 4][Ref. 5]
Application Features & Key Findings

Indoor Navigation, Public Safety Networks

Drone Swarm, Vehicle Swarm, Smartphone

Underwater Networks, Space Exploration

  • 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

  • Teaching Experience

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

  • Service Experience

  • Undergraduate Committee
  • Graduate Committee
  • ABET Assessment Coordinator
  • 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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