Z. Arnold Cao, Chief Scientist

  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • M.E. Electrical Engineering, Shanghi Jiaoton University
  • B.S. Electrical Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University

Dr. Cao’s technical expertise spans across wireless communications and networking systems, signal processing algorithms and software defined radio (SDR) system prototyping using heterogeneous computing platforms. He has organized and led a team to win a research program from the Office of Naval Research (ONR). This program provides innovative networking technology to ONR for tactical edge information sharing and prototypes the solution using field-deployable state-of-the-art reconfigurable radio platforms. In addition ,he successfully secured consulting contracts or sub-contracts from large commercial companies, such as Airbus and Dish Networks, in the area of terrestrial and airborne wireless networking systems. In USC/ISI, he led the technical development, large-scale emulation, field-testing and demonstration for the DARPA CBMEN program. He successfully organized a month-long DARPA CBMEN field tests and demonstration, which is a large-scale tactical mobile ad hoc network demonstration using Program of Record tactical radios and smart phones in a multi-kilometer range. In Calit2, he established the Wireless Communication System Prototyping Lab. He was the technical leader or the key staff for several projects. His sponsors include Ericsson Research and JTRS JPEO. He led his team to successfully develop an FPGA-based OFDM modem and demonstrated innovative wireless networking system concepts, such as Coordinated Multi-Point (CoMP) and Device-to-Device, in both Calit2 and Ericsson Research in Stockholm, Sweden. With support from JTRS, he developed SCA-compatible FM3TR waveform and P25 waveform on surrogate tactical software defined radio platforms.

In addition to his technical leadership at JC3, Dr. Cao is currently the Managing Director of Arlington Virginia based C-3 Comm System, LLC., which he founded in 2014. From March 2012to Feb. 2015, he was a research scientist in the wireless group at the University of Southern California Information Sciences Institution (USC/ISI).From 2004 to 2012, he was a senior staff and project leader at the University of California, San Diego Division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2).

Dr. Cao publishes in wireless communications and software defined radio prototyping. His journal and conference papers are well cited by other researchers.