Professor Jianhua ZHANG
Applied AI Research Group
Department of Computer Science
0166 Oslo, Norway
Phone: +47 67 23 66 91 (office)
Prof Jianhua Zhang received his MSc degree in Control Theory and Engineering from the Beijing University of Technology, Beijing, China in 1996 and PhD degree in Electrical Engineering and Information Sciences from the Ruhr University Bochum, Bochum, Germany in 2005. Subsequently he was Postdoctoral Research Associate at Intelligent Systems Research Lab, The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK from 2005 to 2006. From 2007 to 2017 he was a Professor and Head of Intelligent Systems Group at School of Information Science and Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST), Shanghai, China. In 2017 he joined VEKIA (Lille, France) as R&D Scientific Director and Head of Machine Learning Research Lab. Since Sep. 2018 he has been a Professor of AI at Applied AI Group, Department of Computer Science, Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet), Norway. He also held research positions of Guest Scientist at Technische Universität Dresden, Germany from 2002 to 2003, invited Adjunct Professor at Institute for Cognitive Neurodynamics of ECUST from 2009 to 2017, and Visiting Professor at Technische Universität Berlin and Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, Germany, between 2008 and 2015.
Prof Zhang’s research interests cover the areas of computational intelligence, machine learning and pattern recognition, intelligent systems and control, intelligent data-driven modeling and analysis, modeling and analysis of biomedical systems, human-machine systems, and brain-machine interaction. In addition to those theoretical developments, he also applies advanced computational intelligence and machine learning techniques proposed by his group to solve real-world modeling, pattern recognition, control, optimization and decision support problems in the fields of biomedical engineering, healthcare, intelligent transportation systems, retail business and precision agriculture. So far he has successfully supervised eight PhD and 27 research-based (three-year) MSc students at the East China University of Science and Technology (China), Beijing University of Technology (China), and VEKIA (France). Some of his former research students have become university academics or held R&D positions in industry in China, US, and Germany. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on Principles of Automatic Control Systems, Intelligent Control, Computational Intelligence, Artificial Intelligence, Introduction to Cybernetics, Fuzzy Systems, and Soft Computing and Intelligent Systems.
Prof Zhang has been the principal investigator (PI) or core partner in more than 30 R&D projects funded by the Chinese, German, UK, and French governments and private sectors. He has published four books, ten invited chapters in books, and over 130 referred journal and conference papers.
Prof Zhang received several recognitions for his significant research contribution, including Chinese Government Scholarship and Senior Research Fellowship from China Scholarship Council, Ministry of Education, in 2001 and 2012, PhD Scholarship from German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in 2002, Pujiang Talent Award from Shanghai Science and Technology Commission in 2007, Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers from Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, Germany, in 2011, and the top 1% engineering scientists in the world by Universal Scientific Education and Research Network (USERN) in 2017.
Prof Zhang currently chairs the IFAC (International Federation of Automatic Control) Technical Committee (IFAC TC4.5) on Human Machine Systems. He is a member of three other IFAC TCs (Large-Scale Complex Systems, Biological & Medical Systems, and Transportation Systems), CAA (Chinese Association of Automation, the Chinese NMO of IFAC) TC on Human-Machine Hybrid Intelligence, and USERN Advisory Board. He is Associate Editor of the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience (sect. Neural Technology) and is on the Editorial Board of three other journals, Cognitive Neurodynamics (Springer), Cognition, Technology & Work (Springer), and Heliyon (Elsevier). He is the IPC Co-Chair for the 2013 IFAC Symposium on Large-Scale Systems (LSS’2013, Shanghai) and 2016 IFAC Symposium on Human-Machine Systems (HMS’2016, Kyoto), and IPC Chair for the 2019 IFAC Symposium on Human-Machine Systems (HMS’2019, Tallinn). He was Technical Associate Editor for 19th and 20th IFAC World Congress in Milan and Toulouse, respectively. He has been the reviewer for over 20 international journals (such as IEEE T-HMS, IEEE T-SMC, IEEE T-BME, IEEE T-ASE, IEEE T-Reliability, IEEE T-NSRE, Annual Reviews in Control, and Information Sciences) and invited Keynote/Plenary Speaker at over 10 international conferences (such as EEA’2016 in Hong Kong and FSDM’2016 in Macau).
Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition
Intelligent Systems and Control
Intelligent Data Modeling and Analysis
Brain-Machine Interaction and Neurocomputing
Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Bochum, Germany) Feb. 2005
Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Information Science; Supervisor: Prof Johann F Boehme
Beijing University of Technology (Beijing, China) Apr. 1996
M.S. in Control Theory and Engineering
Jiangxi University of Science and Technology (Ganzhou, China) July 1993
B.S. in Automation Engineering
Full Professor 2018-present
Department of Computer Science, OsloMet - Oslo Metropolitan University (Oslo, Norway)
Scientific Director, Head of Machine Learning Research Lab 2017-18
VEKIA (Lille, France)
Full Professor, Head of Intelligent Systems Group 2007-17
School of Inform. Sci. & Eng., East China Univ. of Sci. and Tech. (Shanghai, China)
Invited Adjunct Professor 2009-17
Inst. for Cognitive Neurodynamics, East China Univ of Sci. and Tech. (Shanghai, China)
Research Associate 2005-06
Research Assistant & Postdoctoral Fellow 2003-05
Guest Scientist 2002-03
Lecturer (Assistant Professor) 1999-02
College of Electr., Inform. & Control Eng., Beijing Univ. of Tech. (Beijing, China)
- Technische Universität Berlin and Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems (Prof Joerg Raisch), GERMANY (Five times for one year in total, 2008-15)
- Other short academic visit
GERMANY: TU Berlin, Dresden; Univ. Dortmund, Erlangen, Saarland, Duisburg, and Stuttgart
FRANCE: CNRS-CRIStAL; Univ. Lille; IMT Lille Douai
SWITZERLAND: ETH Zurich; Univ. Lausanne