Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Prof Cai Wentong

Associate Chair
Professor, School of Computer Science and Engineering

Prof Cai Wentong

Wentong CAI is a Professor in the School of Compute Science and Engineering (SCSE) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Exeter (UK) in 1991. He was a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at Queen's University (Canada) before joining NTU as a Faculty Member in 1993.

Prof Cai’s expertise is mainly in the areas of Modelling and Simulation (particularly, modelling and simulation of large-scale complex systems, and system support for parallel and distributed simulation and distributed virtual environments). He has published extensively in these areas and has received a number of best paper awards at the international conferences for his research (e.g., DS-RT’18, SIGSIM PADS’18, SIGSIM PADS’17, DS-RT’09, PADS’06, DS-RT’04, and ESS’03). His recent research also involves using Agent-based Modelling techniques to understand the effect of individual behaviour on system-level dynamics and to develop scalable simulation applications (e.g., traffic and crowd simulation).

He has been actively collaborating with Singapore industries (e.g., MPA, STEE, EADS, SAP, D-SIMLAB, and SGH) and research institutes (e.g., IHPC and SIMTech) on simulation projects. Over his career, he has been successful in attracting competitive research funding from various funding agencies (e.g., MOE, A*STAR, NRF, and DSTA). He has graduated 11 research Master and 15 PhD students as sole/main supervisor.

Prof Cai is a member of the IEEE and the ACM. He has been an associate editor of the ACM Transactions on Modelling and Computer Simulation (TOMACS) since 2007, an editor of the Future Generation Computer Systems (FGCS) since 2011. He is also an editor of the Journal of Simulation (JOS). He has chaired a number of international conferences in the areas of Modelling and Simulation, and Parallel and Distributed Computing. Most recent ones include: SIGSIM PADS’17, DS-RT’15, CloudCom’14, ICPADS’12, and MACOTS’11.
Research Interests
Prof Cai's research mainly focuses on the intersection between Computer Science and M&S. The current research interests include: performance and scalability of discrete event simulation, large-scale distributed virtual environment and cloud gaming, dynamic data-driven agent-based modelling and simulation, and agent-based simulation applications (e.g., crowd and traffic simulation).
Current Projects
  • A cooperative co-evolutionary framework for data-driven model calibration - RG 23/14
  • Area-Interlinking Design Analysis (AIDA)
  • Cache me if you can: Optimizing on-chip memory usage for multi and manycore processors - RG 20/14
  • Computing Real-World Phenomena with Dynamically Changing Complex Networks (DynaNets)
  • Crowd Simulation for Safe City Operations
  • Cyber-Physical Production System (CPPS) - Towards Contextual and Intelligent Response
  • DEPATHSS: Dynamic Egress PlAnning ThrougH valid Symbiotic Simulation.
  • Data Distribution for Exascale Distributed Virtual Environment Simulations
  • Efficient Consistency Maintenance in Wireless Distributed Virtual Environments
  • Evolutionary Computing based Methodologies Modelling, Simulation and Analysis
  • MOSAIC: SyMbiOtic Simulation and Video AnalysIs of Crowds
  • Multi-Platform Game Innovation Centre (Magic)
  • Optimising emergency medical systems (EMS) using 3D modelling and simulation of built public spaces
  • Project CROSIT - Crowd Simulation Training System
  • RP5-Modelling and Optimization for Architctures and Infrastructure
  • Theoretical study and technical design of green memory cloud systems for real-time data analytics - RG 21/14
  • Towards Highly Interactive Distributed Media Environment
  • Towards Scalable Distributed Cloud-Based MMOG Services
Selected Publications
  • Mingbi Zhao, Jinghui Zhong, and Wentong Cai. (2018). A Role-dependent Data-driven Approach for High Density Crowd Behaviour Modelling. ACM Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation, 28(4).
  • Philipp Andelfinger, Yadong Xu, Wentong Cai, David Eckhoff, and Alois Knoll. (2018). 2018 ACM SIGSIM Conference on Principles of Advanced Discrete Simulation (SIGSIM PADS 2018): Fast Forwarding Agent States to Accelerate Microscopic Traffic Simulation. (pp. 113-124)New York, NY, USA: ACM (Best Paper Award).
  • Yadong Xu, Vaisagh Viswanathan, and Wentong Cai. (2017). Reducing Synchronization Overhead with Computation Replication in Parallel Agent-based Road Traffic Simulation. IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, 28(11), 3286-3297.
  • Xiaosong Li, Wentong Cai, Stephen J. Turner. (2017). Cloning Agent-based Simulation. ACM Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation, 27(2).
  • Yusen Li, Wentong Cai. (2015). Consistency-aware Zone Mapping and Client Assignment in Multi-server Distributed Virtual Environments. IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, 26(6), 1570 – 1579.

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