Tao Zhang

Distinguished Engineer -

Cisco Systems -

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Dr. Tao Zhang, an IEEE Fellow, joined Cisco in 2012 as the Chief Scientist for Smart Connected Vehicles. Since then, he has also been leading the creation of strategies, technology and eco-systems for the internet of things and fog computing. Prior to Cisco, he was Chief Scientist and Director of Vehicular Networking, and Director of Mobile Networks at Telcordia Technologies (formerly Bell Communications Research or Bellcore). For over 25 years, Dr. Zhang has been in various technical and executive positions directing research and product development, which led to ground-breaking results in vehicular, mobile and broadband networking, including new technology, standards and products.

Dr. Zhang co-founded, and is a Board Director for, the Open Fog Consortium. He is the CIO and a Board Governor of the IEEE Communications Society. He co-founded and was a founding Board Director for the Connected Vehicle Trade Association. Dr. Zhang holds 50 US patents and has co-authored two books, Vehicle Safety Communications: Protocols, Security and Privacy (2012) and IP-Based Next Generation Wireless Networks (2004), both published by John Wiley & Sons. He co-founded the IEEE Communications Society Technical Sub-Committee on Vehicular Networks and Telematics Applications and served as its Chair from 2013 to 2015. He is a founding steering committee member of the IEEE Symposium on Edge Computing and the IEEE International Conference on Collaboration and Internet Computing. He was a co-founder and founding general chair and steering committee vice chair of the International Conference on Collaborative Communications (CollaborateCom). Tao has been serving on the editorial boards or as a guest editor for numerous leading technical journals. He has served on the industry advisory boards for multiple research organizations, has been an adjunct professor at multiple universities, and a frequent invited speaker at international conferences and industry events.

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