Hua is the discipline leader of technology in Engineering and Science, and a full time Professor at the Institute for Sustainable Industries & Liveable Cities, VU Research, Victoria University (VU). Before joining VU, he was a Professor at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) during 2011-2013. Hua has more than ten years teaching and working experience in Applied Informatics at both enterprise and university. He has expertise in Big Data, Health Informatics, Cloud Computing, Cyber Security, and Artificial Intelligence. As a Chief Investigator, Hua has successfully received six in total Australian Research Council (ARC) grants including four Discovery grants and two Linkage grants with 2.3M since 2006. He is also a successor for international grants such as two Japan – Australian grants, one German – Australian grant, one Norway Government grant and grants from Hong Kong Chinese University, Hong Kong City University.
Hua obtained his PhD in Computer Science from USQ in 2004.
Hua has published 232 refereed scholar papers including 46 Q1 (ERA2015 ranked) Journal papers in cyber security, Artificial Intelligence, data mining, database, privacy preserving and Web services. Representative publications are on ACM Transactions on Internet Technology, ACM Transactions on Information Systems, ACM Transactions on Knowledge Discovery from Data, IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering and World Wide Web; and Proceedings of ACL, AAAI, CIKM, ICDE, ICDM and PAKDD (scholar.google.com.au). Hua’s h-index is 34 based on Google Scholar website. As a principal supervisor, he currently has 14 PhD students at VU and has successfully supervised 7 PhD students.
Hua has been an ARC reviewer since 2009. He reviews more than 25 proposals each year for various proposals such as ARC DP, LP, DECRA, LIEF. Hua is the Editor-in-Chief, ICST Transaction on Scalable Information Systems, and also editor for PLOS ONE and World Wide Web Journal – Springer. He has involved in many prestigious international conferences such as PC members (AAAI, DASFFA) and chairs (WISE, HIS).