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Zhijie (Professor of Visual Computing) has received a BEng degree on communication engineering from the Xi’an University of Science and Technology in 1991. After graduation, he has worked for one of the major Chinese Electrical and Machinery Companies - HH Yellow River Ltd for four years as an electronics engineer. He then traveled to the UK and spent a year working in a robotics lab in Derby. In 1996, he registered and became a postgraduate student at the University of Derby. His research topic is Virtual Reality for manufacturing simulations. In 2000, he has completed his PhD study and immediately been offered a tenured academic post at the University of Huddersfield. 

Zhijie’s research in the last twenty years has mainly been focused on the areas of visual computing, vision systems, data science and machine learning. He has published over one hundred peer-reviewed journal and conference papers as well as editing 5 books in the relevant fields. He has supervised 11 postgraduate (including 8 PhD) students to completion and been continuously winning substantial research and development grants in his career to date. He is a member of the IEEE, IET, BCS, BMVA and a fellow of HEA. In addition, he has been serving as an editor, reviewer and chair for many prestigious academic journals and conferences.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Imaging, vision, and visualisation
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • Simulation and systems control
  • Web technology and applications

Research Degree Supervision

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  • computer vision, interaction and visualisation

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Research Output 2007 2018

1 Citations

A Fuzzy Neural Network based Dynamic Data Allocation Model on Heterogeneous Multi-GPUs for Large-Scale Computations

Zhang, C., Xu, Y., Xu, Z., He, J., Wang, J. & Adu, J., 1 Apr 2018, In : International Journal of Automation and Computing. 15, 2, p. 181-193 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Data Allocation
Fuzzy neural networks
Fuzzy Neural Network
Graphics Processing Unit
Resource allocation

A Graphical Simulator for Modeling Complex Crowd Behaviors

Hao, Y., Xu, Z., Liu, Y., Wang, J. & Fan, J., 31 Jul 2018, (Accepted/In press) iV2018: 22nd International Conference Information Visualisation. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
Video recording
Data privacy

Dual-channel CNN for efficient abnormal behavior identification through crowd feature engineering

Xu, Y., Lu, L., Xu, Z., He, J., Zhou, J. & Zhang, C., 25 Aug 2018, In : Machine Vision and Applications. 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Neural networks

Effective Crowd Anomaly Detection through Spatio-Temporal Texture Analysis

Hao, Y., Xu, Z., Liu, Y., Wang, J. & Fan, J., 27 Sep 2018, In : International Journal of Automation and Computing. 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Texture Analysis
Anomaly Detection
Gray Level Co-occurrence Matrix

On the Pedagogy of Teaching Introductory Computer Graphics without Rendering API

Chen, M., Xu, Z. & Rippin, W., 9 Feb 2018, (Accepted/In press) Eurographics 2018. 4 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Computer graphics
Application programming interfaces (API)
Computer programming

Activities 2016 2017

  • 1 Participating in a conference, workshop, ...
  • 1 Oral presentation

23rd International Conference on Automation and Computing

Zhijie Xu (Chair)
7 Sep 20178 Sep 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

A Visualization Method for Understanding Forensic Statements

Zhijie Xu (Speaker), Daniel McIntyre (Speaker)
23 Oct 201628 Oct 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation