Dr. Chau-Wai Wong, Assistant Professor @ NC State

Research Interests: Multimedia Forensics, Signal and Image Processing, Machine Learning, Data Analytics, Video Coding

Affiliations: Electrical and Computer Engineering and Forensic Sciences Cluster


2072 Engr Bldg II, Campus Box 7911
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-7911, USA

Telephone: +1 (919) 515-5202

E-mail: chauwai.wong at ncsu dot edu


Prospective Ph.D. student not from NC State: My research group has a strong statistical flavor. To make a strong case, a solid undergrad first course in probability/statistics is required. I also assume that you have taken a machine learning/neural network course. In the first two years at NC State as a Ph.D. student, you will be required to take more stat/math courses, in addition to other ECE core courses such as random processes, image processing/computer vision, data science, and convex optimization. You should be good at programming if you do not plan to work on a purely theoretical project. If your background is not ECE, CS, or statistics, it's less likely to be a good fit. Email me your research ideas after reading my papers may increase your likelihood of getting an RA or TA offer. I cannot respond to all emails but it's likely that I'll respond to those emails from students with solid background and containing well-articulated research ideas. You may also be interested in other CSP faculty members (skip the research description, look for the faculty names on the right).

Masters student at NC State: I only take Masters students targeting at publishing a journal paper or journal-quality conference paper. If you are interested in, please email me.

Undergrad student at NC State: I only take well-prepared, enthusiastic undergrad students for research. You want to be strategic and to take "correct" courses starting from your 2nd year. Make sure you are ahead of your classmates and aiming at building a foundation that allows you to quickly diving into research by taking one or more core courses such as machine learning (online/at NC State), probability/statistics (400-level stat courses preferred, consult me), linear algebra. The goal of your research is to obtain solid research results that can be published at a renowned international conference. If you are interested in, please email me your plan, resume, and transcript.


Chau-Wai Wong received the B.Eng. degree with first class honors in 2008, and M.Phil. degree in 2010, both in electronic and information engineering from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2017.

He is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Forensic Sciences Cluster, North Carolina State University. He was a data scientist at Origin Wireless, Inc., Greenbelt, Maryland. He was a Research Assistant with the Media And Security Team (MAST), Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Maryland, under the supervision of Prof. Min Wu. He was a Research Associate/Assistant with the Centre for Signal Processing, Department of Electronic and Information Engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, under the supervision of Prof. Wan-Chi Siu. His research interests include multimedia forensics, signal and image processing, machine learning, data analytics, and video coding.

Dr. Wong was the recipient of multiple scholarships and awards, including Top 4 Student Paper Award, Future Faculty Fellowship, HSBC Scholarship, Hitachi Scholarship, Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad, two-year and four-year merit-based full scholarships for M.Phil. and B.Eng. studies, respectively. He is a member of the IEEE and the APSIPA, and he was the general secretary of the IEEE PolyU Student Branch from 2006 to 2007. He was involved in organizing the third edition of the IEEE Signal Processing Cup in 2016 on electric network frequency forensics. (Click links 1, 2, and 3 for more information.)