December 2, 2015

Prof. Ming Zhao


PhD, Associate Professor
VISA Research Laboratory
School of Computing, Informatics, & Decision Systems Engineering
Arizona State University
  699 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: (480) 965-3190, Fax: (480) 965-2751


My research interests are in experimental computer systems, including cloud, big-data, and high-performance computing systems as well as operating systems and storage systems in general. I am also highly interested in the cross-disciplinary studies that bridge systems research with other domains, and I have worked with applications from computational physics and chemistry, each sciences, biomedicine, neuroscience, etc.

My research efforts are targeted to generate both fundamental scientific values and practical societal impacts. I have published over 50 peer-reviewed articles on premiere computer systems conferences and journals, which have been cited more than 1500 times. My research outcomes have also been adopted by several production systems in the industry. My research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, and industry companies.

I have received the National Science Foundation CAREER award, the ASEE Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship, VMware Faculty Award, Excellence in Mentoring award, Excellence in Research award, and Best Paper award of the International Conference on Autonomic Computing. My PhD students have received the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship, the ASEE Air Force Summer Student Fellowship, and the VMware graduate fellowship.


My teaching efforts are carried out in a symbiotic fashion with my research activities. I innovate in teaching by using the outcomes of my research to develop novel education materials and infrastructure, while the outcomes of my teaching also provide invaluable feedback and prepare important workforce for my further innovation in research.

I have created several courses on new computing technologies (e.g., virtualization and cloud computing) and made substantial improvements to courses on classic topics (e.g., operating systems) to teach students both the fundamental knowledge and practical skills of computing and storage systems. I have created a unique virtualization-based online education infrastructure, vMoodle, to improve teaching using advanced cloud, mobile, and social networks technologies.

I have received the Excellence in Student Mentoring Award from FIU School of Computing and Information Sciences in 2012.


I have served as the General Chair of ACM HPDC, Program Committee Chair for USENIX FeedbackComputing, Cloud Infrastructure Track Chair for IEEE CLOUD, and the Program Committee Member of more than 50 conferences and workshops, including BigData, BDSE, CLOUD, CloudCom, CLUSTER, CCGrid, FAST, HPCC, HPDC, ICAC, ICDCS, ICPE, and NAS etc. I have reviewed articles for over 20 journals, including ACM TAAS, ACM TECS, Cluster Computing, FGCS, JPDC, IBM Journal, IEEE Cloud Computing, IEEE TC, IEEE TCC, IEEE TCST, and IEEE TPDS etc., as well as grant proposals for NSF, DOD, and DOE etc.