Dr Fang Fang Cai

Deputy Dean, International & Partnerships

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Computing and technology

Fang Fang has over 20 years' experience of teaching, research and management in UK universities, with a strong focus on computing subjects and international collaboration.



Fang Fang received his PhD in computer science in 1992, having received his BSc (Hons) in computing and MPhil in computer science. His teaching experience covers a range of computing subjects.

He has extensive experience in academic leadership, curriculum development and delivery, quality assurance and enhancement, and management of academic teams and programmes. He has also developed and managed for many years a range of large-scale international partnership programmes, studied by thousands of students in more than 15 countries worldwide.

Fang Fang has regularly served on validation and review panels for academic programmes delivered at universities in the UK and overseas.

Research interests

  • Database systems and performance
  • Data mining and data warehousing
  • Parallel and distributed systems
  • Intelligent diagnostic feedback on student assessment using neural nets
  • Agent-based information systems

Areas of research supervision

  • Fang Fang has successfully supervised a number of PhD students in computing subject areas, as well as serving as an external examiner for PhD examinations at UK universities
  • He's published in international conferences and journals for over 20 years, and has regularly served on international conferences as a chair or member of programme committees


  • DPhil Computer Science, Ulster
  • MPhil Computer Science, Swansea
  • BSc (Hons) Computing, Shanghai

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Chartered IT Professional, CITP, since 2003
  • Chartered Engineer since 1997
  • Member, British Computer Society, since 1997

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange


  • External examiner for Roehampton University
  • External examiner for Staffordshire University
  • External examiner for Open University (2007-2013)

Selected recent publications

Guo, R., Palmer-Brown, D., Lee, S.W. and Cai, F.F., 2013. Intelligent Diagnostic Feedback for Online Multiple-Choice Questions. Artificial Intelligence Review, Springer.

Recent presentations and conferences

Guo, R., Palmer-Brown, D., Lee, S.W. and Cai, F.F., 2012. Effective Diagnostic Feedback for Online Multiple-Choice Questions. Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations, Proc. 8th AIAI 2012 International Conference, September 2012, Greece.

Yu, Q., McCann, J. and Cai, F.F., 2009. An Agent-based Join Algorithm for Distributed Data Warehousing. 1st International Conference on Adaptive and Self-adaptive Systems and Applications, Greece. IEEE Computational World.