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 been actively contributing my services to the activities of my research communities. I have served as the General Chair for ACM HPDC, a top conference on high performance distributed computing and General Co-Chair for ACM/IEEE SEC, a top conference on edge computing. I have co-organized the NSF community visioning workshop on Data Storage Research 2025, which gathered together the leading researchers and practitioners in the storage field to help define the future directions for data storage research. I have also served as the Program Committee (PC) Chair for USENIX FeedbackComputing, a unique workshop on feedback control in computing, and USENIX HotEdge, the flagship workshop on edge computing.

I am currently an Associate Editor of ACM Transactions on Storage (TOS). I am also on the review board of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) which is the largest funder of scientific research in Canada.