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Prof. Yu Cao, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Senior Member, IEEE
Department of Computer Science

The University of Massachusetts Lowell

198 Riverside St.

Lowell, Massachusetts  01854

Office: Room 213, Olsen Hall
Email: ycao at cs dot uml dot edu (replace at with @, dot with .)
Phone: (978)934-3628
Fax: (978)934-3551


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[Publications] 07/2015: Paper "Comparison Analysis: Granger Causality and New Causality, and their applications to Motor Imagery" accepted by the The IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems (TNNLS) (impact factor 4.37)

Paper "Application of data mining tools for classification of protein structural class from residue based averaged NMR chemical shifts " accepted by The Biochimica et Biophysica Acta by Elsevier (impact factor 4.38)

Paper "Loss Aware Sample Packetization Strategy for Improvement of Body Sensor Data Analysis" accepted by  Journal of Communication (impact factor 3.16)

Paper "FAST: A Fog Computing Assisted Distributed Analytics System to Monitor Fall for Stroke Mitigation " accepted by the 10th IEEE International Conference on Networking, Architecture, and Storage (NAS 2015) (Oral, acceptance rate 30%) Boston, MA, USA, 2015.

Paper "Distributed Analytics and Edge Intelligence: Pervasive Health Monitoring at the Era of Fog Computing " accepted by the Mobile Big Data 2015 workshop, in conjunction with Mobihoc 2015 (Oral) Hangzhou, China, 2015.

[Grants] 09/2014: NSF Proposal "NSF Award #1440737: FLowell: Accelerating Data-Driven Scientific Research at the University of Massachusetts Lowell " was awarded at the amount of $500,000 (Co-PI, PI Prof. Yan Luo)

[Publications] 09/2014: Paper "Loss Aware Sample Packetization Strategy for Improvement of Body Sensor Data Analysis" accepted by the 2015 International Conference on Computing, Networking and Communications (ICNC 2015) (Oral, Acceptance rate 30%), Anaheim, California, USA

Paper "Medical Image Retrieval: A Multi-modal Approach" accepted by Cancer Informatics (impact factor 1.64);  

Paper "Smartphone-based Walking Speed Estimation for Stroke Mitigation" accepted by the IEEE International Symposium on Multimedia (ISM 2014) (Oral, acceptance rate 30%) Taichung, Taiwan, 2014.

Paper "Causality from Cz to C3/C4 or between C3 and C4 Revealed by Granger Causality and New Causality during Motor Imagery" accepted by The 2014 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN 2014) (Oral, Acceptance rate 25%), Beijing, China, 2014;

Paper "PIR: A Domain Specific Language for Multimedia Information Retrieval" accepted by International Journal of Multimedia Data Engineering and Management (IJMDEM) (Impact Factor: 0.94);

Paper "Accelerator of Stacked Convolutional Independent Subspace Analysis for Deep Learning-based Action Recognition" accepted by The 22nd IEEE International Symposium on  Field-Programmable Custom Computing Machines (FCCM 2014), Boston, MA, USA, 2014

[Services] 02/2014: Prof. Cao is serving as PC member for 22nd ACM International Conference n Multimedia (ACM MultiMedia 2014), which is worldwide premier conference and a key world event to display scientific achievements and innovative industrial products in multimedia computing.

Prof. Cao is also serving as publicity Co-Chair for The IEEE International Symposium on Multimedia (ISM2014) (one of the premium international conferences in the area of multimedia computing)

 Prof. Cao is also serving as publicity Co-Chair for IEEE/ASE Conference series on Big Data Science and Computing ((BigDataScience 2014)) (the premier international forum for research on advancing the core scientific and technological means of managing, analyzing, visualizing, and extracting useful information from large, diverse, distributed and heterogeneous data sets)

[Publications] 09/2013: Paper "Increase trend of correlation and phase synchrony of microwire iEEG before macroseizure onset " accepted by International Journal of Cognitive Neurodynamics, by Springer (Impact Factor: 1.985);

Paper "PIR: A Domain Specific Language for Multimedia Retrieval" accepted by IEEE International Symposium on Multimedia (ISM2013), Anaheim, California, USA, 2013; 08/2013:

Paper "Identify the Reference Signal of Scalp EEG Recording" accepted by The Sixth International Conference on Advanced Computational Intelligence (ICACI2013), Hangzhou, China, 2013;

Paper "A Data Analysis Driven Streaming Framework for Body Sensor Area Networks" accepted by The 8th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Body Area Networks (BodyNets 2013), Boston, Massachusetts, U.S, 2013.

[Professional Development] 12/2012: Dr. Cao has been named IEEE Senior Member. This honor was given to only 8% of IEEE membership of approximately 416,000 worldwide.

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Brief Bio:

Dr. Yu Cao has been an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science, The University of Massachusetts Lowell since Aug, 2013. From 2010 to 2013, he was a faculty at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC). From 2007 to 2010, he was a faculty at California State University, Fresno. Prior to that, he was a Visiting Fellow of Biomedical Engineering at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Iowa State University in 2005 and 2007, respectively. He received the B.Eng. degree from Harbin Engineering University in 1997, the M.Eng. degree from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 2000, all in Computer Science.

His research interests span a variety of aspects of knowledge discover from complex data, which include the area of biomedical informatics and intelligent system. Particular focus on scientific applications including: intelligent, multi-modal, and data-intensive medical image analysis and retrieval; motion tracking, analyzing, and visualization; and intelligent data analysis for electronic medical records and pervasive healthcare monitoring. His research work has appeared in various prestigious journals, book chapters, and refereed conference proceedings. His research has been supported by both NSF and NIH. He was a guest editor of a special issue Springer Multimedia Tools and Applications (MTAP), and a special issue in Journal of Multimedia (JMM). He has served on Organizing Committees or Programming Committees of more than 10 international conferences and workshops. He is a member of ACM, IEEE, and Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE).



Research Projects


Grants and Funding:

"NSF ACI (Award #1440737): FLowell: Accelerating Data-Driven Scientific Research at the University of Massachusetts Lowell", 2014-2016, (Co-PI, $500,000)


US National Science Foundation "NSF CNS (Award #: 1229213): Acquisition of HPC-B: A High Performance Computational Infrastructure for Biomedical Informatics Research", 2012-2015, (PI, $305,494)


US National Science Foundation "NSF IIS (Award #: 1156639): Research on Biomedical Informatics", 2012-2015, (PI, $360,923)


Tennessee Higher Education Commission, The State of Tennessee "Computational Modeling of Physiological Data Using Inexpensive and Unobtrusive Sensors: A New Paradigm for Computational Physiology", 2012-2013, (Sole-PI, $49,606)


Tennessee Higher Education Commission, The State of Tennessee "Large-Scale Medical Image Modeling for Intelligent Medical Information Retrieval", 2011-2012, (Sole-PI, $43,540)


US National Science Foundation "NSF DBI (Award #: 0821820): Acquisition of a High-speed Camera System to Record Animal Movements in Three Dimensions", 2008-2012, (Co-PI, $311,414)




91.460.204, 91.530.204: Multimedia Computing: Algorithms, Systems, and Applications, Fall 2013


Past Courses 



US National Science Foundation (CISE-IIS) Panelist, Arlington , VA , 2008-2009

Guest editor for Special Issue on Multimedia Data Semantic, Journal of Multimedia Tools and Applications, published by Springer (2011)

Guest editor for Special Issue: Data Semantics and Multimedia Information Managemen, Journal of Multimedia (2010)

Co-Chair for The ACM International Workshop on Medical Multimedia Analysis and Retrieval (MMAR2011), Held in conjunction with The Annual ACM International Conference on Multimedia (ACM Multimedia 2011)

Co-Chair for The IEEE International Workshop on Data Semantics for Multimedia Systems and Applications (DSMSA2008, 2009), held in conjunction with The IEEE International Symposium on Multimedia (ISM2008, 2009)



Yearbook of Medical Informatics (2010)

Journal of Multimedia Tools and Applications by Springer (2009-2011)

Journal of Neurocomputing by Elsevier (2007-2011)

IEEE transaction on Systems, Man and Cybernetics - Part B (2007-2008)

IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems (2007)

Journal of Multimedia System by Springer (2008-2011)

Journal of Visual Languages & Computing by Elsevier (2009-2011) 

Journal of Visual Image Communication &Representation by Elsevier(2009-2010)