Tao Zhang

Distinguished Engineer

Corporate Strategic Innovation Group

Dr. Tao Zhang, a Distinguished Engineer, joined Cisco in 2012 as the Chief Scientist for Smart Connected Vehicles, and has been spearheading architectures, technologies, and eco-systems for the Internet of Things and Fog Computing.

For over 25 years, Tao has been in various technical and executive positions, directing research and product development in broadband, mobile, and vehicular networks and applications. His leadership and technical work have led to pioneering contributions that advanced the state of the art in fiber optic networks, all-IP cellular networks (3G/4G), mobile ad-hoc networks, and vehicular networks; and have resulted in disruptive technology, standards, and products.

In 2010, Tao was elected a Fellow of the IEEE for his outstanding contributions to wireless and infrastructure networking protocols for applications. In 2015, he was elected a Fellow of the Society of Information Reuse and Integration for his innovative work in Internet Security and Smart Connected Vehicles.

Tao has co-authored two books “Vehicle Safety Communications: Protocols, Security, and Privacy” (2012) and “IP-Based Next Generation Wireless Networks” (2004) published by John Wiley & Sons. He holds 49 US patents and has published over 70 peer-reviewed technical papers on international journals and conferences.

Tao is the Chair of the IEEE Communications Society Technical Sub-Committee on Vehicular Networks and Telematics Applications. He was a founding Board Director of the Connected Vehicle Trade Association (CVTA) and has been serving on the industry advisory boards for several research organizations. He initiated, and served on various leadership positions for, the annual International Conference on Collaborative Computing (CollaborateCom), which inaugurated in 2005 and has since become the IEEE International Conference on Collaboration and Internet Computing (CIC). He has been serving on editorial boards or as a guest editor for numerous leading technical journals including the IEEE Internet of Things (IoT) Journal, the IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology (TVT), the IEEE Journal of Selected Areas in Communications (JSAC), and the Springer Journal of Wireless Networks. Tao was also an adjunct professor at multiple universities. He has been frequently invited to speak at international conferences and events.


February 9, 2017


‘Crowd Control’ Takes Many Forms to Secure Fog Computing and IoT

2 min read

Crowd Attestation uses fog computing to provide security services to resource-constrained devices and systems.

June 30, 2016


Malware Defense is a Team Sport, Best Played by Collaborative Fog Nodes

3 min read

In my previous blog, I shared an overview of fog-based security services. At the center of these services—and critical for moving the needle on the Internet of Things—is a requirement for ubiquitous malware defense for a large number of devices with vastly diverse capabilities. Through fog, this is possible. Malware-defense tasks, which require heavy resources, […]

March 3, 2016


Fog Boosts Capabilities to Add More Things Securely to the Internet

3 min read

Host-based security mechanisms and cloud-based security services are our primary means to secure endpoints. However, these methods alone will fall short for meeting the security challenges in the emerging Internet of Things, where we must support a significantly larger number of endpoints, many of which are highly resource-constrained.

December 2, 2015


A New Security Paradigm Needed to Support the Internet of Things

2 min read

Shutdown. Cleanup. Restart. This “incident response” approach to cyber security was designed primarily for enterprise networks, data centers, and consumer electronics. It companies perimeter-based protection that uses firewalls, intrusion detection systems (IDS) and intrusion prevention systems (IPS) to prevent security threats. When threats penetrate perimeter-based protections, human operators typically shut down the compromised system, clean […]