David Hung-Chang Du

Department of Computer Science
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55455

(612) 625-2560


Short Bio

Dr. Du is currently the Qwest Chair Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. He is the Center Director of the NSF multi-university I/UCRC Center of Research in Intelligent Storage (CRIS). In additional to NSF, CRIS is currently sponsored with 11 companies with 15 sponsored memberships. He was a Program Director (IPA) at National Science Foundation CISE/CNS Division from March 2006 to August 2008. At NSF, he was responsible for NeTS (Networking Research cluster) NOSS (Networks of Sensor Systems) Program and worked with two other colleagues, Karl Levitt and Ralph Wachter, on Cyber Trust (Internet Security) Program. In 2008 he was also assigned to CSR (Computer System Research) Cluster for handling research in computer systems. Dr. Du receives a B.S degree in Mathematics from National Tsing-Hua University (Taiwan) in 1974 and an M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from University of Washington (Seattle) in 1980 and 1981 respectively. He joined University of Minnesota as a faculty since 1981. Dr. Du also has been a visiting professor in Germany, Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan.


Research Expertise: Dr. Du’s current research focuses on intelligent storage systems, multimedia computing, sensor networks and cyber physical systems. He has had research in high-speed networking, database design, and CAD for VLSI circuits. He has authored and co-authored over 250 technical papers including 110 referred journal publications in these research areas.  He has graduated 54 Ph.D. and 100+ M.S. students in the last 30 years. His research in intelligent storage systems focus on new storage technologies/architectures, that can handle semantic data and adaptive to long-term data preservation, and efficient power management for data centers. His research in multimedia computing includes video-on-demand server architecture, video and audio synchronization techniques, and efficient large scale video streaming over Internet.  His research in sensor networks and cyber physical systems focuses on vehicle-to-vehicle communications, future intelligent transportation systems, next generation air-transportation systems and security and privacy issues for cyber physical systems. His research in CAD includes physical layout, timing verification and delay fault testing for high-speed and very large scale circuits.  His research in high-speed networking includes heterogeneous high-performance computing over high-speed networks, quality of service, parallel data archive for high-performance computing, and optical networks.


Professional Activities and Awards: Dr. Du is an IEEE Fellow (since 1998) and a Fellow of the Minnesota Supercomputer Institute. He is currently a member of Advisory Committee to Institute of Information Science and Research Center for Information Technology Innovation, Academic Sinica in Taiwan and a member of International Advisory Board to Korean Journal of Computer Science and Engineering.  He was an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Computers from 1993 to 1998.  He was the US WEST Chair Professor at the University of Minnesota from 1994 to 2000. He is currently serving on the Editorial Boards of several international journals including IEEE Transactions on Vehicle Technology. He has also served as Conference Chair and Program Committee Chair for several conferences in multimedia, networking security and database areas. Most recently, he is the General Chair for IEEE Security and Privacy Symposium (Oakland, California) 2009, Program Committee Co-Chair for International Conference on Parallel Processing 2009, and Workshop Co-Chair and the General Chair for IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems 2010 and 2011 respectively.  General, Co-Chair of ACM International Conference on Underwater Networks and Systems 2013 and General Chair of International Conference on Parallel Processing (ICPP) 2014. He also serves as the Chair of Steering Committee for ICPP.


He has had research grants from the National Science Foundation, DARPA, ONR, DOE and companies like 3M, Northern Telecom, Unisys, IBM, Seagate Technology, US WEST, Honeywell, Sun Micro, Intel, Cisco and etc.


Industrial Experiences: Dr. Du has served as a consultant to a number of companies in the past, including: Honeywell, NCR, Unisys, 3M and IXMICRO.  In 1996, he spent 6 months in the Computer Communications Lab (CCL) of the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) in Taiwan. His major function at CCL/ITRI was to plan several long term (5-year) R&D projects funded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs. He has served as a member of Technical Advisory Committee for CCL/ITRI in the last few years. In 1998, he joined IXMICRO as the Vice President of Research and Development for one year. He led a team of 30+ engineers to develop products such as ATM network interface cards, ATM switches, Fast Ethernet switches, wireless mice, ADSL modems, and streaming video servers.  He has co-founded a startup company called Streaming21 that was recently acquired by Foxconn and also helped to establish another startup company called Baynacre with his former students.  Baynacre was later acquired by Apache Design Solutions. He has served as Chairman and CEO for Streaming21 in 2000 and 2001. During this period, he helped to raise $18M funds from VCs for Streaming21 and managed 60+ employees. Streaming21 was focused on developing streaming video products for carrier and entertainment markets.  Baynacre was focused on static timing analysis software tools for nano-technology.









Year Completed


Ph.D. in Computer Science


University of Washington (Seattle)




M.S. in Computer Science


University of Washington (Seattle)




B.S. in Mathematics


National Tsing-Hua University (Taiwan)















Program Director



National Science Foundation CISE/CNS


March 2006 – August 2008


Qwest Chair Professor





University of Minnesota




1991 - Present


Chairman and CEO




2000 - 2001


US WEST Chair Professor


University of Minnesota


1994 - 2000


Vice President of Engineering


3CX, San Jose, California


Jan. 1998 – Dec. 1998


Associate Professor


University of Minnesota


1987 - 1991


Assistant Professor


University of Minnesota


1981 - 1986





Intelligent Storage Systems, Multimedia Computing, Cyber Physical Systems, Sensor Networks, Cyber Security, High-Speed Networks,  Distance Education, Database Design, Parallel/Distributed Architectures/Systems, CAD for VLSI Circuits.



·       Awards and Honors
·       Professional Activities
·       Grants
·      Publications
·      Student Supervision

Please mail your suggestions to du@cs.umn.edu