Wei Cai, Ph.D., SMIEEE

Assistant Professor, Computer Engineering
Director, Human-Crypto Society Laboratory
Director, CUHK(SZ)-White Matrix Joint Metaverse Laboratory
School of Science and Engineering
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen
Chengdao 303, 2001 Longxiang Ave, Longgang District
Shenzhen, Guangdong, China 518172

Prospective Students

Our group is recruiting talented crypto natives or video game enthusiasts (perfect if you are both) for M.Phil. and Ph.D. programs. P.S. make sure to enclose your ETH address or ENS in your CV if you are a crypto person.

Brief Biography

Dr. Wei Cai is currently an assistant professor of Computer Engineering, School of Science and Engineering at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen. He is serving as the director of the Human-Crypto Society Laboratory, as well as the director of the CUHK(SZ)-White Matrix Joint Metaverse Laboratory. Wei received Ph.D., M.Sc. and B.Eng. from The University of British Columbia (UBC), Seoul National University and Xiamen University in 2016, 2011 and 2008, respectively. Before joining CUHK-Shenzhen, he was a postdoctoral research fellow in Wireless Networks and Mobile Systems (WiNMoS) Laboratory at UBC. He has completed research visits at Academia Sinica (Taiwan), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and National Institute of Informatics, Japan. Dr. Cai has co-authored more than 90 journal/conference papers and received 6 best paper awards in the area of interactive multimedia and decentralized systems. His recent research interests are mainly in the topic of human factors in metaverse, including blockchain, digital game, human-computer interaction, Web 3.0, DeFi/GameFi, UGC/AIGC, and computational art. He is now serving as a TPC member for top conferences including ACM MM, MMSys, NOSSDAV, GameSys, associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing, and a guest editor for many leading journals including ACM TOMM, IEEE Multimedia, TNSE, TCSS, etc. He is also an executive committee member of China Computer Federation (CCF) Computational Art Committee, Technical Committee on Human-Computer Interaction, and Technical Committee on Blockchain. He is a senior member of the IEEE and a member of the ACM.

Selected Publications

[CHI'23] Sizheng Fan, Tian Min, Xiao Wu, and Wei Cai, "Altruistic and Profit-oriented: Making Sense of Roles in Web 3.0 Community from Airdrop Perspective", In The ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Hamburg, Germany, April 23-28, 2023.
[TCSS] Hongzhou Chen, and Wei Cai, "How Information Manipulation on Social Media Influences the NFT Investors' Behavior: A Case Study of Goblintown.wtf", IEEE Transactions on Computational Social Systems, 2023.
[CommMag] Haihan Duan, Zhonghao Lin, Xiao Wu, and Wei Cai, "MetaCube: A Crypto-Based Unique User-Generated Content Editor for Web3 Metaverse", IEEE Communications Magazine, 2023.
[WWWJ] Sizheng Fan, Tian Min, Xiao Wu, and Wei Cai, "Towards Understanding Governance Tokens in Liquidity Mining: A Case Study of Decentralized Exchanges", World Wide Web, Springer, 2022.
[NOSSDAV'22]   Haihan Duan, Junhua Liao, Lehao Lin, and Wei Cai, "FLAD: A Human-centered Video Content Flaw Detection System for Meeting Recordings", In The 32nd ACM Workshop on Network and Operating System Support for Digital Audio and Video, Athlone, Ireland, June 14-17, 2022.
[FDG'22] Yu Jiang, Tian Min, Sizheng Fan, Rongqi Tao, and Wei Cai, "Towards Understanding Player Behavior in Blockchain Games: A Case Study of Aavegotchi", In 17th ACM International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games, Athens, Greece, September 5-8, 2022.
[TCC] Sizheng Fan, Juntao Zhao, Rong Zhao, Zehua Wang, and Wei Cai, "CryptoArcade: A Cloud Gaming System with Blockchain-based Token Economy", IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing, 2022.
[TOIT] Feijie Wu, Ho Yin Yuen, Henry C.B. Chan, Victor C.M. Leung, and Wei Cai, "Facilitating Serverless Match-based Online Games with Novel Blockchain Technologies", ACM Transactions on Internet Technology, 2022.
[MM'21] Haihan Duan, Jiaye Li, Sizheng Fan, Zhonghao Lin, Xiao Wu, and Wei Cai, "Metaverse for Social Good: A University Campus Prototype", In 29th ACM International Conference on Multimedia, Chengdu, China, October 20-24, 2021.


Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering

2011 - 2016
The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Supervisor: Prof. Victor C.M. Leung
Thesis: Optimizing Gaming Service Delivery with Cloud

M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

2009 - 2011
Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
Supervisor: Prof. Taekyoung Kwon
Thesis: A Genetic Algorithm Approach to Multi-Agent Itinerary Planning in Wireless Senor Networks

B.Eng. in Software Engineering

2004 - 2008
Xiamen University, Xiamen, China
Supervisor: Prof. Wenhua Zeng
Thesis: Multi-Interface and Multi-Path Ad hoc On-Demand Distance Vector Routing Protocol in Wireless Mesh Networks