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Nian Zhang, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
nzhang@udc.edu; 202.274.6615

Research Interests: Dr. Zhang's research expertise and interests include computational intelligence, machine learning and data mining, and various application fields including pattern recognition, time series prediction, biomedical applications, and autonomous robot navigation. Her long term goal is to advance the foundations and principles of imbalanced learning, prepare undergraduate students for STEM career, and broaden participation of undergraduate students.

Career in Brief: Dr. Zhang received her B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Wuhan University of Technology, M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Honors and Awards:

Outstanding Faculty Award, University of the District of Columbia, 2014 Summer Fellow, Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Washington, D.C., Summer 2014 and Summer 2013 Myrtilla Miner Faculty Fellow Award, University of the District of Columbia, 2013 Chair, ECE Department Curriculum Committee ECE Department Representative, SEAS Google Drive Advising System Committee Chair, Discover Innovation Day, University of the District of Columbia, 2014, 2013, and 2012 NSF Review Panelist, 2014 and 2012 Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks, 2010 to present Book Editor for “Advances in Neural Networks - ISNN 2009,” Berlin: Springer, 2009 (ISBN: 9783642015069) Guest Editor for Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience, Special Issue on Intelligent Computing for Hypersonic Vehicles, 2012 Guest Editor for International Journal of Systems, Control and Communications (IJSCC), Special Issue on Pattern Recognition and Intelligent Systems and Control, 2011 IEEE Senior Member IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Neural Networks (NN) Technical Committee Member District of Columbia Society of Professional Engineers (DCSPE) Member, 2014 International Institute of Informatics and Systemics (IIIS) Member, 2014 Publications Chair for Over 15 International Conferences Best Paper Award Recipient, "A Fuzzy Attributed Graph Approach to Subcircuit Extraction Problem", IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems (FUZZ-IEEE), 2003