Kevin Tsai


B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Electrical Engineering, 1979
M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Electrical Engineering, 1982
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Electrical Engineering, 1986


The Henry Samueli School of Engineering
University of California, Irvine
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Irvine, CA 92697-2625

ZOT Code: 
(949) 824-2321

Dr. Tsai is interested in computer and communication networks and specifically, flow control, routing and traffic management.

Dr. Tsai's current research projects focus on control and optimization, and are aimed at addressing one of the most critical issues in the network today: lack of quality of service (QoS). Dr. Tsai's projects aim at bringing together control and optimization, network protocol and architecture, and computer architecture to increase QoS. His work looks at the concepts of scalability, controllability, observability, functional placement, stability and optimality, which are fundamental to solving the QoS dilemma. The projects also are aimed at producing prototype protocols and systems that can be readily adapted to the networking and computer industry.

Dr. Tsai's work can be applied to most areas of computer networks, storage and computer systems and Internet applications.

Research topics: 
Data networks (flow control and routing in integrated networks), digital signal processing, neural networks, and multi-objective optimization.