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Jian Zhang PhD, SMIEEE

Leader of Multimedia and Data Analytics Lab at University of Technology Sydney (UTS)


Associate Professor Jian Zhang joined the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in 2011. Now he is with the School of Computing and Communications. Before that he was a Principal Researcher with Data61 (formerly NICTA) and a Conjoint Associate Professor in School of Computer Science & Engineering, the University of New South Wales.

A/Prof Zhang was with the Advanced Analytics Institute (AAi) and recently he is the research lab leader of Multimedia and Data Analytics in the Global Big Data Technologies Centre (GBDTC) at UTS, Sydney.

A/Prof Zhang has published over 120 papers in top journals and refereed conference proceedings. He has actively engaged with research collaboration with industry labs supervised PhD research students, as well as developed new multimedia analytics courses. Since 2011, as a leading chief investigator in UTS, he has led more than 7 research projects with industry labs, whose total value exceeds A$1 million. The industry labs include Microsoft Research, Nokia Research Centre and Toshiba Tec, Huawei Technologies in US, Finland, Japan, Australia and China. Apart from paper publications and book chapters from his research output, he was co-author of more than ten patents filed in US, UK, Japan and Australia including six issued US patents and one China patent.

Dr. Jian Zhang was a Conjoint Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of New South Wales. Dr Zhang earned his Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering from East Normal University, China in 1982; a Masters of Science in Computer Science from Flinders University, South Australia in 1994; and a PhD from School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, UNSW@ADFA, Australian Defence Force Academy, at the University of New South Wales in 1999.

From January 2004 – July 2011, Dr Zhang was a Principal Researcher with National ICT Australia (NICTA), where he is a research leader of Multimedia and Video Communications Research at NICTA Sydney Lab in UNSW Kensington campus. He leads three NICTA research projects in the areas of computer vision, multimedia content analysis and management, and multimedia content indexing and query. His research interests include multimedia content management; video understanding; and video coding and communication. Multimedia content management provides advanced algorithms to manage, index search, and retrieve rich multimedia content. Video understanding is concerned with the automatic or semi-automatic extraction of semantic information from video sequences. Video coding and communication provides an efficient method for video compression and robust transmission. Apart from more than 90 paper publications and book chapters from his research output, he was co-author of more than ten patents filed in US, UK, Japan and Australia including five issued US patents.

In 1997, Dr. Zhang joined the Visual Information Processing Lab, Motorola Labs in Sydney as a senior research engineer and later became a principal research engineer and foundation manager of Visual Communications Research Team, Motorola Labs in Sydney, Australia. While at Motorola labs, he worked on a range of research projects including image processing, video coding and communication, image segmentation and multimedia content adaptation.

Dr. Zhang is an IEEE Senior Member. He is the member of Multimedia Signal Processing Technical Committee in Signal Processing Society, member of Circuits and Systems Society. Dr. Zhang was Technical Program Chair, 2008 IEEE Multimedia Signal Processing Workshop; Associated Editor, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology (T-CSVT) and Associated Editor, EURASIP Journal on Image and Video Processing. Dr Zhang was Guest Editor of T-CSVT for Video Technology for Special Issue (March 2007) of the Convergence of Knowledge Engineering Semantics and Signal Processing in Audiovisual Information Retrieval.

As a General Co-Chair, Prof. Jian Zhang chaired the International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME 2012) in Melbourne Australia 2012.