Dr. Tao Zhang leads the Transformational Networks and Services Group in the Communications Technology Lab at NIST. The group has been innovating and advancing technology and standards in areas including edge (fog) computing, edge and network AI, automated driving and teleoperation, 6G networks, information-centric networking, cloud computing, and wireless localization.
Before joining NIST, Dr. Zhang was the CTO / Chief Scientist for the Smart Connected Vehicles business unit at Cisco Systems, and a Chief Scientist and Director of Research at Telcordia Technologies (formerly Bell Communications Research) where he led breakthrough research on 3G/4G wireless networks and vehicular networks. He has cofounded two industry consortia—the Open Fog Consortium and the Connected Vehicle Trade Association—and served as a founding Board Director for them. More recently, he helped the industry establish the Teleoperation Consortium and has been serving on its Advisory Board.
Dr. Zhang was elevated to IEEE Fellow (class 2011) for his contributions to wireless and infrastructure networking protocols for applications. He holds about 60 US patents and coauthored two books (“Vehicle Safety Communications: Protocols, Security, and Privacy” and “IP-Based Next Generation Wireless Networks”), several book chapters, and over 100 peer-reviewed papers. He served as the CIO and a Board Governor of the IEEE Communications Society and as a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society. He cofounded several international conferences and served on leadership roles for many conferences and journals.