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Professor Jianhua ZHANG

PI, Computational Intelligence and Learning Systems (CILS) Lab

Deputy Head, OsloMet Artificial Intelligence Lab

Department of Computer Science                              

Oslo Metropolitan University

Pilestredet 35, PS326 

0166 Oslo, Norway


Phone: +47 67 23 66 91 (office)

Webpage (work)


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 and PI of Computational Intelligence and Learning Systems (CILS) Lab (a part of OsloMet AI Lab for which he also serves as Deputy Head), 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 9 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, Effective Programming in C and C++, 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 140 referred journal and conference papers.

Prof Zhang received several recognition for his significant research contributions, 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 is currently Chair of the IFAC (International Federation of Automatic Control) Technical Committee (IFAC TC4.5) on Human Machine Systems and Vice Chair of the IEEE Norway Section Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) Chapter. 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).


Computational Intelligence

Machine Learning

Pattern Recognition

Intelligent Systems and Control

Data Science

Human-Machine Hybrid Intelligence

Neurocomputing and Neuroengineering


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

Intelligent Systems Research Lab (Profs Derek A Linkens and Mahdi Mahfouf), The University of Sheffield (Sheffield, UK)

Research Assistant & Postdoctoral Fellow                                   2003-05

Department of EECS (Prof Johann F Boehme), Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Bochum, Germany)

Guest Scientist                                                          2002-03

Faculty of ECE (Prof Klaus Janschek), Technische Universität Dresden (Dresden, Germany)

Lecturer (Assistant Professor)                                             1999-02

College of Electr., Inform. & Control Eng., Beijing Univ. of Tech. (Beijing, China)


Germany: TU Berlin, Dresden; Univ. Dortmund, Erlangen, Saarland, Duisburg, and Stuttgart

France: CNRS-CRIStAL; Univ. Lille; IMT Lille Douai

Switzerland: ETH Zurich; Univ. Lausanne