Zhuhua Cai (蔡竹华)'s homepage

Database Group
Computer Science Department
Rice University
Houston, Texas, USA

Phone: 1-281-745-4263
Room 3064, Duncan Hall

News: check my released system, SimSQL!!!

I am now a phd student at the Computer Science department of Rice University working with Christopher Jermaine. Before that, I graduated with the degree of master of science advised by Prof. Zhong Chen, from the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Peking University in July 2009. My research interests include large scale data management and data analytics, and before that I worked in the areas of peer-to-peer networks, social networks and distributed systems.


I am eager to bring my impact to database and data mining areas. Fortunately, I am working now with a very active research group, and all the group members are very nice. The links of my specific projects are provided here: data mining for multiple antibiotic resistance and mining for errors in electronic medical records. The links of database projects in our group can be found here: DBO and DataPath, MCDB.  I worked as an intern in Telefonica Research Lab, working with Dionysios Logothetis and Geogios Siganos. Our group implemented a real-time data platform for large scale graph processing.

Before I joined this group, I worked with some very great guys in Peking University, and currently they work or study in diverse famous universities and institutes in the world. They are Ruichuan Chen, Ennan Zhai, Eng Keong Lua, Cong Tang, Long Zhang, etc. The information of them can be also referred in the peer-to-peer networking research group at Peking University. My resume is here.


  • A Comparison of Platforms for Implementing and Running Very Large Scale Machine Learning Algorithms,
    Zhuhua Cai, Zekai Gao, Shangyu Luo, Luis Leopoldo Perez, Zografoula Vagena, Christopher M. Jermaine,

  • Simulation of Database‑Valued Markov  Chains Using SimSQL,
    Zhuhua Cai, Zografoula Vagena, Subi Arumugam, Luis Leopoldo Perez, Christopher Jermaine and Peter J.Haas,

  • The Pairwise Gaussian Random Field for High-Dimensional Data Imputation,
    Zhuhua Cai, Christopher Jermaine, Zografoula Vagena, Dionysios Logothetis, and Luis L. Perez,
  • Facilitating Real-Time Graph Mining
    Zhuhua Cai, Dionysios Logothetis, Georgos Siganos,
    in CloudDB'12, Maui, Hawaii.

  • The Latent Community Model for Detecting Sybils in Social Networks
    Zhuhua Cai, Christopher Jermaine,
    in NDSS' 12, San Diego, California

  • Very Large Scale Bayesian Inference Using MCDB
    Zhuhua Cai, Zografoula Vagena, Christopher Jermaine, Peter J.Haas
    in NIPS' 11 workshop on BigLearning, Sierra Nevada, Spain.
  • Bring order to online social networks
    Ruichuan Chen, Eng Keong Lua, Zhuhua Cai
    in Infocom '11,  Orlando, Florida, USA

  • An Adjacency Matrixes-Based Model for Network Security Analysis
    Anmin Xie, Cong Tang, Nike Gui, Zhuhua Cai, Jian-bin Hu, Zhong Chen
    in ICC' 10, Cape Town, South Africa.

  • Evaluating Network Security With Two-Layer Attack Graphs
    Anming Xie, Zhuhua Cai, Cong Tang, Jianbin Hu and Zhong Chen
    in ACSAC'09, Hawaii, USA, December 2009.

  • Sorcery: Could We Make P2P Content Content Sharing Systems Robust to Deceivers?
    Ennan Zhai, Ruichuan Chen, Zhuhua Cai, Long Zhang, Eng Keong Lua, Huiping Sun, Sihan Qing and Zhong Chen
    in P2P'09, Seattle, USA, September 2009.

  • Green: Towards a Pollution-Free Peer-to-Peer Content Sharing Service
    Ruichuan Chen, Eng Keong Lua, Zhuhua Cai, Jon Crowcroft, Ennan Zhai and Zhong Chen
    in Sigcomm'09 (poster), Barcelona, Spain, August 2009.

  • A Holistic Mechanism Aganist File Pollution in Peer-to-peer File Sharing Networks
    Zhuhua Cai, Ruichuan Chen, Cong Tang,Jianqiao Feng, Jianbin Hu and Zhong Chen
    in SAC'09, Hawaii, USA, March 2009.

  • SKIP: A Secure Key Issuing Scheme for Peer-to-Peer Networks
    Cong Tang, Ruichuan Chen, Zhuhua Cai, Jianbin Hu and Zhong Chen
    In ICNS'09, Valencia, Spain, April 2009

  • Securing Key Issuing in Peer-to-Peer Networks
    Cong Tang, Ruichuan Chen, Zhuhua Cai, Anmin Xie, Jianbin Hu, Liyong Tang and Zhong Chen
    In SAC'09 poster session, Hawaii, USA, March 2009

Working and Intern Experience

  • external reviewer for Security and Communication Networks, HotPost 2012, IEEE CCNC 2010 Special Session on Social Networking
  • PC member for ICPADS 2012.
  • Intern in IBM China Development Laboratory, Telefonica Research Lab. 
  • Access Control for Distributed Systems in Military Networks, Network and Information Security Labratory, Peking University
  • Teaching Assistant, "Data Structure and Algorithms", 2007, 2008, 2010.
  • In my spare time, I like Swimming,Basket Ball and Running very much. Generally, I would do either of them once a week.
  • Our team accomplished the champion of both 2010 and 2011 RCSSC Basketball Contests, and I was the captain.
  •  I read some Chinese Traditional Poetries, Proses and history sometimes. For prose writers, I strongly recommend Albert Camus, Rabindranath Tagore and William Butler Yeats. Though I do not read many of their works, but some of their proses impressed me a lot, especially Albert Camus' "The myth of Sisyphus". For history, the "Records of the Grand Historian" written by Sima Qian is very good, so are some biography for Araham Lincoln (written by Benjamin P. Thomas), Winston Churchill (written by Xiaojun Wang), etc. Unfortunately, I just read only the Chinese version of them.
  • I once worked as a volunteer for Spectator Services Host for Table Tennis in Peking Univerisity Gymnasium(PKG) in the 29th Olympic Games in Beijing, China. And curretly I worked in the Chinese Student Association in Rice University.
  • Sometimes, I play Starcraft...
  • A funny dancing, and the video is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2d3kTSGS-tM.
  • From Steve Jobs: Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith . I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. ... If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don 't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle!
  • I traveled following cities: Jinan, Beijing, Huangshan, Taian, Nanjing, Changzhou, Nantong, Guiling, Hawaii, Tokyo, Indianapolis, Seattle. I went to a number of cities in Europe this year.

Last modified: 11/30/2011