Kaoru Ota was born in Aizu-Wakamatsu, Japan. She received an M.S. degree in Computer Science from Oklahoma State University, the USA in 2008, B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from The University of Aizu, Japan in 2006, 2012, respectively. She is currently an Associate Professor with the Department of Sciences and Informatics, Muroran Institute of Technology, Japan. From March 2010 to March 2011, she was a visiting scholar at the University of Waterloo, Canada. Also, she was a Japan Society of the Promotion of Science (JSPS) research fellow with the Graduate School of Information Sciences at Tohoku University, Japan from April 2012 to April 2013. Her research interests include Wireless Networks, Cloud Computing, and Cyber-physical Systems. Dr. Ota has received best paper awards from ICA3PP 2014, GPC 2015, IEEE DASC 2015, IEEE VTC 2016-Fall, FCST 2017, 2017 IET Communications Premium Award, and IEEE ComSoc CSIM Best Conference Paper Award 2018. She is an editor of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology (TVT), IEEE Internet of Things Journal, IEEE Communications Letters, Peer-to-Peer Networking and Applications (Springer), Ad Hoc & Sensor Wireless Networks, International Journal of Embedded Systems (Inderscience), and Smart Technologies for Emergency Response & Disaster Management (IGI Global), as well as a guest editor of ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications (leading), IEEE Internet of Things Journal, IEEE Communications Magazine, IEEE Network, IEEE Wireless Communications, IEEE Access, IEICE Transactions on Information and Systems, and Ad Hoc & Sensor Wireless Networks (Old City Publishing). She is the recipient of the IEEE TCSC Early Career Award 2017, and The 13th IEEE ComSoc Asia-Pacific Young Researcher Award 2018. She is Clarivate Analytics 2019 Highly Cited Researcher (Web of Science).