Dr Cui's reserch interests cover the design, modelling, and performance evaluation of networks and distributed systems. Recently, her research mainly focuses on exploiting the spatial properties in the modeling of network topology, network mobility, and group membership, scalable and efficient communication support in overlay and peer-to-peer networks, algorithm and protocol design in underwater sensor networks and autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) networks. She is a member of ACM, ACM SIGCOMM, ACM SIGMOBILE, IEEE, IEEE Computer Society, and IEEE Communications Society.
Dr. Cui won NSF CAREER Award for proposal "Tackling Fundamental Networking Problems in Underwater Acoustic Sensor Networks" in 2007, and ONR YIP Award for proposal "A Networking Perspective: Towards Reliable Underwater Acoustic Sensor Networks" (also a nominee for Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 2008. She also received the United Technologies Corporation (UTC) Professorship in Engineering Innovation award at UConn in 2008 and UCLA Engineering Distinguished Young Alumnus Award in 2010. More recently, she received Outstanding Faculty Mentoring Award, School of Engineering UConn (2013), which was established to recognize those faculty members who generously provide their time and energy to mentor other faculty members, in particular, early career faculty members. Dr. Cui received 12 nomination letters from the faculty for this award.