Chau-Wai Wong

Assistant Professor


 Engineering Building II (EB2) 2072
 Campus Box 7911


Chau-Wai Wong received his B.Eng. degree with first-class honors in 2008, and an M.Phil. degree in 2010, both in electronic and information engineering from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2017.

He is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Forensic Sciences Cluster, and Secure Computing Institute, North Carolina State University. He was a data scientist at Origin Wireless, Inc., Maryland, USA. He was a Research Assistant with the University of Maryland. He was a Research Associate/Assistant with The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His research interests include machine learning, multimedia forensics, signal and image processing, data analytics, and video coding, with a recent focus on federated learning and physiological sensing.

Dr. Wong was the recipient of multiple scholarships and awards, including a Top-4 Student Paper Award, Future Faculty Fellowship, HSBC Scholarship, Hitachi Scholarship, Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad, two-year and four-year merit-based full scholarships for M.Phil. and B.Eng. studies, respectively. He is a member of the IEEE and the APSIPA, and he was the general secretary of the IEEE PolyU Student Branch from 2006 to 2007. He is an elected member of IEEE MSA TC (2022–26) and APSIPA IVM TC (2020–22). He was the area chair for the Image/Video Processing track of ICME’21 and ICME’22, a workshop chair for MIPR’22, a tutorial chair for VCIP’20, and an area chair for MIPR’19. He has given tutorials at WIFS’21 and CVPR’22. He was involved in organizing the third edition of the IEEE Signal Processing Cup in 2016 on electric network frequency forensics.


  • Ph.D. 2017
    Electrical Engineering
    University of Maryland, College Park
  • Master's 2010
    Electronic and Information Engineering
    The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
  • Bachelor's 2008
    Electronic and Information Engineering
    The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Recent News

ECE Students Win Best Poster Award from CAEML

Posted on January 13, 2023 | Filed Under: News

Priyank Kashyup and Yuejiang Wen each won the Best Poster Award at CAEML’s Fall 2022 Semiannual Meeting.

New authentication system uses unclonable, microscopic features to detect counterfeits with smartphone

Posted on July 20, 2022 | Filed Under: Faculty

ECE assistant professor, Chau-Wai Wong, creates a new authentication system that gets down to the microscopic level to detect counterfeits using a smartphone.

AI Researchers Tackle Longstanding ‘Data Heterogeneity’ Problem for Federated Learning

Posted on July 15, 2022 | Filed Under: News

NC State ECE researchers have developed a new approach to federated learning that allows them to develop accurate artificial intelligence (AI) models more quickly and accurately.

Media Mentions

Video-Style Compression Brings Federated Learning to Smartphones, Other Bandwidth-Limited Devices

February 17, 2022

Designed to work around the bandwidth requirements of privacy-preserving federated learning, this new approach cuts the communication cost.



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