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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.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Computer Vision
  • Interaction
  • Visualisation
  • Imaging
  • Vision
  • Virtual & Augmented Reality
  • Simulation and Systems Control
  • Web Technology and Applications


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