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Nian Zhang, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; 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:

  • Faculty Recognition Award for outstanding undergraduate research mentorship.
  • Myrtilla Miner Faculty Fellow Award.
  • ONR Summer Faculty Research Fellow.
  • Chair of ECE Department Curriculum Committee.
  • Chair of Discover Innovation Day at UDC.
  • Faculty mentor in the UDC STEM Center and MARC program.
  • Associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems.
  • Guest editor of Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience Journal.
  • Guest editor of International Journal of Systems, Control and Communications (IJSCC).
  • NSF Review Panelist.
  • Judge at ABRCMS, BKX/NIS, and ERN Conferences.
  • Publications Chair of over 15 IEEE sponsored international conferences.
  • IEEE Senior Member.
  • IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Neural Networks Technical Committee Member.
  • Best Paper Award recipient for the paper entitled “A Fuzzy Attributed Graph Approach to Subcircuit Extraction Problem,” IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems (FUZZ-IEEE), St. Louis, MO, May 25-28, 2003.
  • Over sixty five research and education papers in refereed conferences and journals.