Academic Profile

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.
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Prof Wentong Cai
Associate Chair
Professor, School of Computer Science and Engineering

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).
  • Agent-based Modelling and Simulation of Epidemic Dynamics

  • Cyber-Physical Production System (CPPS) - Towards Contextual and Intelligent Response
  • 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.