Weitian Tong (童伟钿)
Tenure-track Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
Georgia Southern University
P.O. Box 7997, Statesboro, GA 30460

Email: wtong@georgiasouthern.edu
Phone (office): (912) 478-7251
Physical Address: 1100 I.T. Drive, 2nd Floor, Room 2305, Statesboro, GA 30458 [Map]




Employment

2015.08 –      Assistant Professor, Department of Computing Sciences, Georgia Southern University




Education

2012.01 – 2015.07     PhD (transferred from M.S.), Department of Computing Science, University of Alberta
Supervisor: Dr. Guohui Lin
2011.09 – 2011.12     M.S., Department of Computing Science, University of Alberta
Supervisor: Dr. Guohui Lin
2010.07 – 2010.10     Research student, Department of Applied Mathematics and Physics, Kyoto University
2007.09 – 2010.06     Finance Minor, College of Economics, Zhejiang University
2006.09 – 2010.06     B.S., Department of Mathematics, Zhejiang University




Research

My research focuses on the efficient algorithms design (approximation algorithms and online algorithm in particular) in data science, operation research, and combinatorial optimization.


Selected publications are shown as follows and the complete publication list refers to Google Scholar.


Underlined Authors are/were Georgia Southern Students. ‘∗’ indicates the corresponding author.

  1. H. Zhang, W. Tong, G. Lin, and Y. Xu.
    Online minimum latency problem with traffic uncertainty.
    European Journal of Operational Research (EJOR). 273 (2): 418 – 429 (2019). (Impact factor: 3.428)

  2. W. Tong*, L. Li, X. Zhou, A. Hamilton, and K. Zhang.
    Deep learning PM2.5 concentrations with Bidirectional LSTM RNN.
    Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health, 1 – 13 (2019). (Impact factor: 2.662)

  3. W. Luo, Y. Xu, B. Gu, W. Tong, R. Goebel, and G. Lin.
    Algorithms for communication scheduling in data gathering network with data compression.
    Algorithmica, 80(11): 3158 – 3176 (2018). (Impact factor: 0.667)

  4. W. Tong, E. Miyano, R. Goebel, and G. Lin.
    An approximation scheme for minimizing the makespan of the parallel identical multi-stage flow-shops.
    Theoretical Computer Science (TCS), 734: 24 – 31 (2018). (Impact factor: 0.772)

  5. W. Tong*, L. Li, X. Zhou, and J. Franklin.
    Efficient spatiotemporal interpolation with Spark machine learning.
    Earth Science Informatics, 1 – 10 (2018) (Impact factor: 1.495)

  6. J. Dong, W. Tong, T. Luo, X. Wang, J. Hu, Y. Xu, and G. Lin.
    An FPTAS for the parallel two-stage flowshop problem.
    Theoretical Computer Science (TCS), 657: 64-72 (2017). (Impact factor: 0.772) (Co-first authors)
    ( Corrigendum to "An FPTAS for the parallel two-stage flowshop problem",
    J. Dong, J. Hu, M. Y. Kovalyov, G. Lin, T. Luo, W. Tong, X. Wang, Y Xu.
    )

  7. W. Tong*, L. Chen, S. Buglass, W. Gao, and J. Li.
    An advanced private social activity invitation framework with friendship protection.
    Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing. 1-9 (2017). (Impact factor: 0.869)

  8. J. Hu, T. Luo, X. Su, J. Dong, W. Tong, R. Goebel, Y. Xu, and G. Lin.
    Machine scheduling with a maintenance interval and job delivery coordination.
    Optimization Letters (OPTL), 10(8): 1645-1656 (2016). (Impact factor: 1.013) <

  9. Z. He, Z. Cai, Q. Han, W. Tong, L. Sun, and Y. Li.
    An energy efficient privacy-preserving content sharing scheme in mobile social networks.
    Personal and Ubiquitous Computing Submission, 20(5): 833-846 (2016). (Impact factor: 2.395)

  10. H. Zhang, W. Tong, Y. Xu, and G. Lin.
    The Steiner traveling salesman problem with online advanced edge blockages.
    Computers & Operations Research (COR), 70: 26-38 (2016). (Impact factor: 2.962)

  11. W. Tong, R. Goebel, and G. Lin
    On the smoothed heights of Trie and Patricia index trees.
    Theoretical Computer Science (TCS), 609: 620-626 (2016). (Impact factor: 0.772)

  12. L. Huang, W. Tong, R. Goebel, T. Liu, and G. Lin.
    A 0.5358-approximation for Bandpass-2.
    Journal of Combinatorial Optimization (JOCO), 30: 612-626 (2015). (Impact factor: 0.927)

  13. H. Jiang, G. Lin, W. Tong, B. Zhu, and D. Zhu.
    Isomorphism and similarity for 2-generation pedigrees.
    BMC Bioinformatics, 16(Suppl 5): S7 (2015). (Impact factor: 2.213) (Alphabetical order)

  14. I. A. Kanj, G. Lin, T. Liu, W. Tong, G. Xia, J. Xu, B. Yang, F. Zhang, P. Zhang and B. Zhu.
    Improved parameterized and exact algorithms for cut problems on trees.
    Theoretical Computer Science (TCS), 607: 455-470 (2015). (Impact factor: 0.772) (Alphabetical order)

  15. H. Zhang, W. Tong, Y. Xu, and G. Lin.
    The graphic traveling salesman problem with online edge blockages.
    European Journal of Operational Research ( EJOR ), 243: 30-40 (2015). (Impact factor: 3.428)

  16. W. Tong, R. Goebel, T. Liu, and G. Lin.
    Approximating the maximum multiple RNA interaction problem.
    Theoretical Computer Science (TCS), 556: 63-70 (2014). (Impact factor: 0.772)

  17. W. Tong, R. Goebel, and G. Lin.
    Approximating the minimum independent dominating set in perturbed graphs.
    Theoretical Computer Science (TCS), 554: 275-282 (2014). (Impact factor: 0.772)

  18. Z. Chen, B. Fu, R. Goebel, G. Lin, W. Tong, J. Xu, B. Yang, Z. Zhao, and B. Zhu.
    On the approximability of the exemplar adjacency number problem for genomes with gene repetitions.
    Theoretical Computer Science (TCS), 550: 59-65 (2014). (Impact factor: 0.772) (Alphabetical order)

  19. W. Tong. Approximation algorithms under the worst-case analysis and the smoothed analysis. PhD Thesis, University of Alberta.





Fundings

2019-2020 Professional Travel Award ($1,510.24 USD) Faculty Development Committee at Georgia Southern University
2019-2020 Textbook Transformation Grants ($10,800 USD) Affordable Learning Georgia
Title: Interactive and cost-free course materials for two theoretical fundamental courses in Computer Science.
This is collaborative proposal with Dr. Lixin Li from Computer Science at Georgia Southern University. I serve as a PI in the proposal.
2019-2020 AWS Cloud Credits for Research program ($9,800 USD) Amazon
2018-2019 2018 Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering & Computing Faculty Research Seed Grant (CEC-FRSG) Award ($7,350 USD) CEC, Georgia Southern University
Title: Investigating secure smart contracts based on blockchain for automated real-world applications.
This is collaborative proposal with PI Dr. Lei Chen from Information Technology at Georgia Southern University. I serve as a co-PI in the proposal.
2018-2019 Development of Instruction Award ($1,199 USD) Faculty Development Committee at Georgia Southern University
2018-2019 Microsoft AI for Earth Grants. ($15,000 USD)
Title: Deeply Learn Spatiotemporal Air Pollution Data and Create a Visual Analytic Platform.
This is collaborative proposal with Dr. Lixin Li from Computer Sciences and Dr. Xiaolu Zhou from Department of Geology and Geography at Georgia Southern University. I serve as a PI in the proposal.
2018-2018 Faculty Service Award ($1,148.75 USD) Faculty Service Committee at Georgia Southern University
2017-2018 2017 Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering & Information Technology Faculty Research Seed Grant (CEIT-FRSG) Award ($8,000 USD) CEIT, Georgia Southern University
Title: Efficient and private mobile transparent computing.
This is collaborative proposal with co-PI Dr. Hayden Wimmer from Information Technology at Georgia Southern University. I serve as a PI in the proposal.
2017-2018 2017 Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering & Information Technology Faculty Research Seed Grant (CEIT-FRSG) Award ($8,000 USD) CEIT, Georgia Southern University
Title: Deep-learning based spatiotemporal interpolation for air pollution using recurring NN.
This is collaborative proposal with PI Dr. Lixin Li from Computer Sciences at Georgia Southern University. I serve as a co-PI in the proposal.
2017-2018 Microsoft Azure Research Award ($20,000 USD)
Title: Data Science: Efficient Spatiotemporal Air Pollution Interpolation and Multilevel Validation with Machine learning on Spark.
This is collaborative proposal with Dr. Lixin Li from Computer Sciences and Dr. Xiaolu Zhou from Department of Geology and Geography at Georgia Southern University. I serve as a PI in the proposal.
2016-2017 2016 Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering & Information Technology Faculty Research Seed Grant (CEIT-FRSG) Award ($10,000 USD) CEIT, Georgia Southern University
Title: Encrypting Spark Server for Protecting Location Privacy and Query Privacy in Mobile LRS.
This is collaborative proposal with co-PI Dr. Lei Chen from Information Technology at Georgia Southern University. I serve as a PI in the proposal.
2016-2017 Professional Travel Award ($1,996.80 USD) Faculty Development Committee at Georgia Southern University
2016-2017 Biomedical Engineering Seed Grant ($20,000 USD) Georgia Southern University and Augusta University.
Title: Spatiotemporal Interpolation for Environmental Exposure Analysis: Application to Air Pollution Exposure and Childhood Asthma.
This is collaborative proposal with Dr. Lixin Li from Computer Sciences at Georgia Southern University and Dr. Gina Besenyi from Health Sciences at Augusta University. I serve as a co-PI in the proposal.
2015-2017 Startup Funding ($25,000 USD), Georgia Southern University

Selected Awards

2014     Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarship ($31,500 CAD) Alberta Innovates Technology Futures
2014     Computing Science GPA Award ($1,000 CAD) Department of Computing Science, University of Alberta
2013     PhD Early Achievement Award Department of Computing Science, University of Alberta
2012     Graduate Student Teaching Awards Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, University of Alberta
2010     Excellent Graduate of Zhejiang University Ministry of Education of China
2009     The First Prize of National Teaching Bases Scholarship Ministry of Education of China
2008     National Scholarship Ministry of Education of China
2008     The First Prize of National Teaching Bases Scholarship Ministry of Education of China
2007     The Second Prize of National Teaching Bases Scholarship Ministry of Education of China




Professional Activities

  • Editorial Board Member:
  • Guest Editor:
  • Conference Chairs:
    • Publicity Chair, IEEE INFOCOM 2019 - The Third IEEE International Workshop on the Security, Privacy, and Digital Forensics of Mobile Systems and Networks (MobiSec 2019), Apr. 29 –- May 2, 2019, Paris, France
    • Program Chair, The 1st International Workshop on Security, Privacy, and Optimality in Collaborative Mobile Social Networks (SPO-CMSN 2018). Co-located with CIC 2018. Oct. 18, 2018, Philadelphia, PA, USA
    • Program Chair, The 1st International Workshop on Environmental Health and Air Pollution (IWEHAP 2018). Co-located with MobiMedia 2018, 21 – 22 June 2018, Qingdao, China
    • Workshop Chair, The 2nd IEEE International Conference on Smart City Innovations (SCI 2018), Oct. 8 - 12, 2018, Guangzhou, China
    • Publicity Chair, IEEE INFOCOM 2018 - The Second IEEE International Workshop on the Security, Privacy, and Digital Forensics of Mobile Systems and Networks (MobiSec 2018), Apr. 15 -- 19, 2018, Honolulu, Hi, USA
    • Publication Chair, The 9th IEEE International Conference on Social Computing and Networking (SocialCom 2016), Oct. 8 – 10, 2016, Atlanta, GA, USA
  • Program committee:
    1. IEEE INFOCOM 2019 - The Third IEEE International Workshop on the Security, Privacy, and Digital Forensics of Mobile Systems and Networks (MobiSec 2019), Apr. 29 –- May 2, 2019, Paris, France
    2. The 11th International Conference on Ubiquitous and Future Networks (ICUFN 2019), July 2 – 5, 2019, Zagreb, Croatia
    3. The 15th International Symposium on Bioinformatics Research and Applications (ISBRA 2019), June 3 - 9, 2019, Barcelona, Spain
    4. The 15th International Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing Conference (IWCMC 2019), Trust, Privacy and Security Symposium, June 24 - 29, 2019, Tangier, Morocco
    5. The 4th International Symposium on Sensor-Cloud Systems (SCS 2018). Dec. 11 - 13, 2018, Melbourne, Australia
    6. The 12th Annual International Conference on Combinatorial Optimization and Applications (COCOA 2018), Dec. 15 - 17, 2018, Altanta, GA, USA
    7. The 15th IEEE International Conference on Ubiquitous Intelligence and Computing (UIC 2018), Oct. 8 - 12, 2018, Guangzhou, China
    8. The 2nd IEEE International Conference on Smart City Innovations (SCI 2018), Oct. 8 - 12, 2018, Guangzhou, China
    9. The 14th International Symposium on Bioinformatics Research and Applications (ISBRA 2018), June 8 - 11, 2018, Beijing, China
    10. The 14th International Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing Conference (IWCMC 2018), Trust, Privacy and Security Symposium, June 25 - 29, 2018, Limassol, Cyprus
    11. IEEE INFOCOM 2018 - The Second IEEE International Workshop on the Security, Privacy, and Digital Forensics of Mobile Systems and Networks (MobiSec 2018), Apr. 15 - 19, 2018, Honolulu, Hi, USA
    12. 2018 International Conference on Computing, Networking and Communications: Communications and Information Security Symposium (ICNC'18 CIS), Mar. 5 - 8, 2018, Maui, Hawaii, USA
    13. The 3th International Symposium on Sensor-Cloud Systems (SCS 2017), Dec. 12 - 15, 2017, Guangzhou, China
    14. The 13th International Symposium on Bioinformatics Research and Applications (ISBRA 2017), May 30 - June 1, 2017, Hawaii, USA
    15. IEEE INFOCOM 2017 Workshop – The International Workshop on The Security, Privacy, and Digital Forensics of Mobile Systems and Networks (MobiSec 2017), May 1, 2017, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
    16. The International Workshop on The Security, Privacy, and Digital Forensics of Mobile Cloud (SeMoCloud 2017) in conjunction with The IEEE Mobile Cloud 2017, Apr. 6 - 8, 2017, San Francisco, USA
    17. The 25th International Conference on Computer Communication and Networks (ICCCN 2016), Aug. 1 - 4, 2016, Waikoloa, Hawaii, USA
    18. The 12th International Symposium on Bioinformatics Research and Applications (ISBRA 2016), June 5 - 8, 2016, Minsk, Belarus
    19. The 6th International Conference on Combinatorial Optimization and Applications (COCOA 2012), Aug. 5 - 9, 2012, Banff, Alberta, Canada
  • Local organizing committee:
    • One session "Resource allocation and optimization in urban emergency system" on the 8th Interna- tional Conference on Industrial Engineering and Systems Management (IESM 2019), Sept. 25 – 27, 2019, Shanghai, China
    • One session "Spatiotemporal analysis of air pollution and public health" on 2019 Association of American Geographers (AAG 2019) Annual Meeting, Apr. 3 - 9, 2019, Washington DC, USA
    • The 1st International Workshop on Environmental Health and Air Pollution (IWEHAP 2018). Co-located with MobiMedia 2018, 21 – 22 June 2018, Qingdao, China
    • One session "Spatiotemporal analysis of air pollution and public health" on 2018 Association of American Geographers (AAG 2018) Annual Meeting, Apr. 10 – 14, 2018, New Orleans, USA
    • Two sessions "Spatiotemporal analysis of air pollution and public health I" and "Spatiotemporal analysis of air pollution and public health II" on 2017 Association of American Geographers (AAG 2017) Annual Meeting, Apr. 5 – 9, 2017, Boston, MA, USA
    • The 6th International Conference on Combinatorial Optimization and Applications (COCOA 2012), Aug. 5 - 9, 2012, Banff, Alberta, Canada
  • Paper (sub) reviewer:
    • Algorithmica; Applied Sciences; Atmosphere; Bioinformatics; BMC Supplements; Digital Communications and Networks; Discrete Mathematics, Algorithms and Applications; IEEE Access; IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics; IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics; International Journal of Computational Science and Engineering; International Journal of Geographical Information Science; Journal of Graph Algorithms and Applications; Journal of Combinatorial Optimization; Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing; Journal of Sensor and Actuator Networks; Journal of Systems Science and Systems Engineering; EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking; Peer-to-Peer Networking and Applications; Security and Communication Networks; Sensors; Theoretical Computer Science; Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems;
    • COCOA 2012; COCOA 2018; DASFAA 2016; ICCCN 2016; ICNC'18 CIS; ICNC'19 CIS; ICPMS 2018; IEEE ICC’19 SAC; INFOCOM 2017; ISBRA 2016; ISBRA 2017; ISBRA 2018; MobiSec 2017; MobiSec 2018; SCI 2018; SCS 2018; SeMoCloud 2017; UIC 2018; WCMC-Security 2018.




Teaching

Spring 2019
  • CSCI 3230: Data Structures
  • CSCI 1301: Programming Principles I
  • Department of Computer Science, Georgia Southern University
Fall 2018
  • CSCI 3230: Data Structures
  • CSCI 3230 01F: Data Structures (Provis. MSCS)
  • CSCI 5330: Algo Design and Analysis
  • Department of Computer Science, Georgia Southern University
Summer 2018
  • CSCI 3230: Data Structures
  • CSCI 4890: Directed Study In CS
  • Department of Computer Science, Georgia Southern University
Spring 2018
  • CSCI 3230: Data Structures
  • CSCI 5437: Computer Graphics
  • Department of Computer Science, Georgia Southern University
Fall 2017
  • CSCI 3230: Data Structures
  • CSCI 3230 01F: Data Structures (Provis. MSCS)
  • CSCI 3236: Theoretical Foundation
  • Department of Computer Science, Georgia Southern University
Spring 2017
  • CSCI 1301: Programming Principles I
  • CSCI 3230: Data Structures
  • CSCI 3236: Theoretical Foundation
  • Department of Computer Science, Georgia Southern University
Fall 2016
  • CSCI 1301: Programming Principles I
  • CSCI 3230: Data Structures
  • CSCI 3230 01F: Data Structures (Provis. MSCS)
  • Department of Computer Science, Georgia Southern University
Spring 2016
  • CSCI 5332: Data Communication and Networking
  • Department of Computer Science, Georgia Southern University
Fall 2015
  • CSCI 1301: Programming Principle I
  • Department of Computer Science, Georgia Southern University

2011.09 – 2015.05
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of Computing Science, University of Alberta
  • Courses: Formal Systems and Logic (CMPUT 272), Algorithms II (CMPUT 304)




Other Links

Prof. Guohui Lin (My PhD Supervisor)
Lin Group