About Me


Dr. Yu Cai is a professor at the College of Computing, Michigan Technological University. His current research interests include cyber security, computer network, and computing education. He is particularly interested in applying his research and techniques to real-life applications. He has been a consultant to many companies including IBM and Ford.

Dr. Cai's professional goal is to excel in teaching and research as a faculty member. Dr. Cai is dedicated to a career in applied computing research, and he equally defines himself as a teacher and an educator. His research and teaching activities are partially funded by National Science Foundation(NSF), National Security Agency (NSA), and other sources. Dr. Cai is an IEEE senior member, ACM member, ASEE member, and ABET evaluator.

Teaching


Dr. Cai was nominated twice as a finalist for the annual Distinguished Teaching Awards at Michigan Tech in 2016 and 2017. He was also among the top 10% of instructors across the university in 2016 and 2017.

Dr. Yu Cai has been actively involved in the computing curriculum development process. Dr. Cai has led cybersecurity curriculum innovation to transform a traditional IT curriculum to a cybersecurity-focused curriculum.

Dr. Cai advised over 20 graduate students and over 70 undergraduate students on different research projects and senior design projects at Michigan Tech.

Dr. Cai has extensive industry experience as IT consultant and system architect. Clients include IBM and Ford. He has the following industrial certifications: Sun Certified Java Developer; Microsoft Certified Trainer; Microsoft Certified Solution Developer; Microsoft Certified Database Administrator; and Microsoft Certified System Engineer.

    Courses taught after 2015:
  • SAT 5241: Designing Security Systems
  • SAT 5111: Security and Privacy
  • SAT 3812: Cyber Security I
  • SAT 3830: Discrete Structures for Computing
  • SAT 3900: New Technology Seminar
  • SAT 4310: Advanced Scripting

  • Courses taught before 2015:
  • SAT 4541: Directory Services
  • SAT 4600: Web Server Administration / Web Development
  • SAT 4310 / 2400 / 3400: Script Programming
  • SAT 3511 / 4511: Windows Administration II
  • SAT 3711: Unix Administration II
  • Please visit Canvas@MTU to access course materials.

Research


Dr. Cai’s research interests are in the areas of cybersecurity, green computing, and computing education. He published over 50 conference and journal papers. Dr. Cai secured over $1.2 million in grant funding as the lead PI from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Security Agency (NSA), and other funding sources.

Dr. Cai was the recipient of Michigan Tech Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC) Annual Achievement Award in 2018. Dr. Cai and his team were recognized as featured cybersecurity curriculum authors as part of the NSA National Cybersecurity Curriculum Program (NCCP) initiative. He was also recognized by Michigan Tech for his research contributions in the category of "Top Research Expenditure" in 2019.




Cybersecurity Research

Dr. Yu Cai is the PI of two National Security Agency (NSA) cybersecurity curriculum development grants. The goal of these NSA projects is to develop a 4-year IT curriculum with a strong emphasis on cybersecurity. Dr. Cai has worked on several other research projects in cybersecurity and cloud computing including: Mobile Agent-based Network Defense System in Enterprise Network; Dynamic Virtual Machine Placement for Cloud Computing Environments.

Selected Publication:

  • Y. Cai. and T. Arney, "Using Case Studies to Teach Cybersecurity Courses," Journal of Cybersecurity Education, Research and Practice, vol. 2018, no. 2, article 3, 2018.
  • Y. Cai and T. Arney, Scripting for Administration, Automation and Security, Proceedings of the 19th ACM Conference on Information Technology Education (SIGITE), Fort Lauderdale, FL, Oct. 2018.
  • Y. Cai and T. Arney, Cybersecurity Should be Taught Top-Down and Case-Driven, Proceedings of the 18th ACM Conference on Information Technology Education (SIGITE), Rochester, NY, Oct. 2017.
  • Y. Cai, Mobile Agent-based Network Defense System in Enterprise Network, International Journal of Handheld Computing Research, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 41-54, 2013.
  • Y. Cai, "Development of an Open Source Network Management & Monitoring Platform for Wireless Broadband Service Provider in Rural Areas," Proceedings of the IEEE Electro-Information Technology Conference (EIT), May 2010.
  • Y. Cai and J. D. Tan , "Secure Group Communication in Body Area Networks," Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Information Acquisition (ICIA), Jun. 2008.
  • Y. Cai, "A Distributed Autonomous Intrusion Detection Framework," Proceedings of the IEEE Workshop on Distributed Autonomous Network Management Systems (DANMS), in conjunction with Globecom, Nov. 2007.
  • X. Zhou, Y. Cai, J. Wei, and C. Xu, "A Robust Application-level Approach for Responsiveness Differentiation," Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Web Services (ICWS), Jul. 2005.
  • X. Zhou, Y. Cai, C. E. Chow, and M. Augusteijn, "Two-tier Resource Allocation for Proportional Slowdown Differentiation on Cluster-based Servers," Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Parallel Processing (ICPP), Jun. 2005.
  • C. E. Chow, Y. Cai, D. Wilkinson, and G. Godavari, "The Secure Collective Defense System," Proceedings of the IEEE Globecom, Dec. 2004.
  • X. Zhou, Y. Cai, G. K. Godavari, and C. E. Chow, "An Adaptive Process Allocation Strategy for Proportional Responsiveness Differentiation on Web Servers," Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Web Services (ICWS), Jul. 2004.


  • Green Computing Research

    Green computing is the study and practice of supporting critical computing needs by using computing resources in a sustainable, energy-efficient, and eco-friendly manner. Dr. Cai advocates a holistic, balanced, life-cycle management approach by considering principles such as economic viability, social responsibility, and environmental impact as a whole when designing, implementing and managing computing systems.

    Selected Publication:

  • Y. Cai, "A Virtual Machine Placement Algorithm with Energy-efficiency in Cloud Computing", International Journal of Green Computing (IJGC), vol.8, no.2, 2017.
  • X.Y. Zheng and Y. Cai, "CMDP Based Adaptive Power Management in Server Clusters," Green Computing: Informatics and Systems Journal, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 70-79, 2013.
  • X.Y. Zheng and Y. Cai, "Energy-aware Load Dispatching in Geographically Located Internet Data Centers," Green Computing: Informatics and Systems Journal, vol. 1, no. 4, pp. 275-285, 2012.
  • X.Y. Zheng and Y. Cai, "Optimal Server Allocation and Frequency Modulation in Server Clusters," Proceedings of the International Workshop on Green Computing, in conjunction with 39th International Conference on Parallel Processing (ICPP), 2010.
  • X.Y. Zheng and Y. Cai, "Markov Model Based Power Management in Server Clusters," Proceedings of the IEEE/ACM International Conference on Green Computing and Communications (GreenCom), Dec. 2010.


  • Other Research

    Dr. Cai has collaborated with his colleagues in other disciplines and worked on multidisciplinary research projects including Medical Informatics and Computation Finance.

    Selected Publication:

  • G. Hembroff and Y. Cai, "Secure Authentication and Authorization Design for Rural-Based Health Care Institutions," Security and Communication Networks, vol. 1, no. 5, pp. 407-415, Aug. 2008.
  • Y. Cai and J. D. Tan , "Secure Group Communication in Body Area Networks," Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Information Acquisition (ICIA), Jun. 2008.
  • Y. Cai and H. Qi, "Parallel Numerical Simulation of Strategic Bankruptcy," Proceedings of the IEEE International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS), International Workshop on Parallel and Distributed Computing in Finance, Apr. 2008.
  • H. Qi, M. Alikakos, and Y. Cai, "An Empirical Study of Closed-end Funds and Open-end Funds," Journal of Academy of Taiwan Business Management Review, vol. 3, no.2, pp. 49 - 56, Aug. 2007.
  • X. Zhou, Y. Cai, J. Wei, and C. Xu, "A Robust Application-level Approach for Responsiveness Differentiation," Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Web Services (ICWS), Jul. 2005.
  • X. Zhou, Y. Cai, and C. E. Chow, "An Integrated Approach with Feedback Control for Robust Web QoS Design," Computer Communications, vol. 29, no. 16, pp. 3158 - 3169, Oct. 2006.


  • Computer Education

    Teaching and interaction with students have always been Dr. Cai's passion and a source of inspiration for his research. Dr. Cai has worked on sustainability integration and green computing education projects. Dr. Cai developed and evaluated an educational model to incorporate sustainability into the undergraduate computing curriculum. Dr. Cai is the PI of two NSA GenCyber grants to promote cybersecurity in K-12 teachers and students. Dr. Cai and his colleagues work together to give talks and develop lesson plans for K-12 teachers and students.

    Selected Publication:

  • Y. Cai. and T. Arney, Using Case Studies to Teach Cybersecurity Courses, Journal of Cybersecurity Education, Research and Practice, 2018.
  • Y. Cai, "Designing A New Cyber Security Course by Dissecting Recent Cyber Breaches," the USENIX Summit for Educators in System Administration (SESA), Boston, MA, Dec. 2016.
  • Y. Cai, "Development of an Open Source Network Management & Monitoring Platform for Wireless Broadband Service Provider in Rural Areas," Proceedings of the IEEE Electro-Information Technology Conference (EIT), May 2010.
  • Y. Cai, "Integrating Sustainability into Undergraduate Computing Education," Proceedings of the ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE), Mar. 2010.
  • G. Hembroff, Y. Cai and S. J. Amos, "Developing a Win-win Environment with Service-learning," Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) conference, Jul. 2006.


  • Some Numbers


    50

    Conference/Journal Papers

    $1.2M

    in Funding as the Lead PI

    5

    Awards Won

    90

    Students Advised

    Service


      Internal @ Michigan Tech
    • * Led the effort to successfully re-accredit the CNSA program by ABET in 2017, with no shortcomings.
    • * Led the effort to apply for the NSA/DHS Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cybersecurity Education (CDE).
    • * Led and coordinate the effort to establish a Minor in Cybersecurity and a B.S. in Cybersecurity at Michigan Tech.
    • * Over 20 university and school committees/organizations including the University Senate (At-Large), Senate IT committee chair, Goal 2 committee, interschool TPR committee, school TPR committee, and faculty search committees.
    • * Faculty advisor of three student organizations including RedTeam on Cybersecurity, Chinese Students & Scholars Association (CSSA), and International Fellowship Association (IFA).

    • External
    • * National Science Foundation (NSF) panelist (10+ panels)
    • * ABET Evaluator (CAC)
    • * Editorial board member:
      - International Journal of Green Computing (IJGC)
      - International Journal of Computer Networks (IJCN)
    • * Former editorial board member:
      - Green Computing: Informatics and Systems (CGIS)
      - International Journal of Green Computing (IJGC)
    • * Journal reviewer:
      - IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (TPDS)
      - IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, Part A
      - Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing (JPDC)
      - Security and Communication Networks Journal (SCN)
      - journal Sustainable Computing: Informatics and Systems
    • - Journal of Communications and Networks (JCN),
      - Internetional Journal of Network Security (IJNS),
      - Journal of Technology Interface (JTI)
      - Mobile Networks and Applications
      - Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing (WCMC)
    • * Conference program committee:
      - ICC 2018, PIMRC 2018, WASA 2017, WCSP 2017, WCNC 2017, eCrime 2017, IOV 2017, eCrime 2016, IOV2016, IOV 2015, WCNC 2014, IOV 2014, SC2 2014, ICCVE 2013, GreenCom 2010, ROBIO09, ICIA08
    • * Conference reviewer:
      - ICC 2018, PIMRC 2018, WASA 2017, WCSP 2017, WCNC 2017, eCrime 2017, IOV 2017, eCrime 2016, IOV2016, IOV 2015, WCNC 2014, IOV 2014, SC2 2014, ICCVE 2013, Infocom 2010, SIGCSE 2010, ROBIO09, ICC09, SIGIET08, ICIA08, SIGCSE08, Globecom07, CISSE07, Globecom06, IPDPS05, ISPA05, ICCCN04
    • * Book chapter reviewer:
      - The Handbook of Computer Networks, Wiley Publishing.
      - The Handbook of Technology Management, Wiley Publishing.
    • * IEEE Senior Member, ACM Member, ASEE Member

    Contact


    Professor Yu Cai
    Rekhi Hall 110
    College of Computing
    Michigan Technological University
    1400 Townsend Drive
    Houghton, MI 49931

    cai AT mtu.edu

    Phone: (906) 487-1471

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