Kang Zhang


Dr. Kang Zhang is Professor of Computer Science and Director of Visual Computing Lab, Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, also Professor of Arts and Technology, at the University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Zhang received his B.Eng. in Computer Engineering from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, China, in February 1982; Ph.D. from University of Brighton, UK, in December 1990; and Executive MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas in May 2011. He was a CAD Software Engineer at the East-China Research Institute of Computer Technology, Shanghai in early 80s, and then held academic positions in the UK (Jan. 1986 - Aug. 1991) and Australia (Sep. 1991 - Dec. 1999), before moving to the USA. His current research interests are in the areas of visual languages, aesthetic computing and information visualization, generative art, software engineering, visual data mining.

Zhang is an ACM Distinguished Speaker. He has been invited to deliver keynotes and invited talks at various computer science, art/design, and management conferences and events, and served as an expert witness for several law firms. Listen to a recent Podcast on his generative art work published on MIT Arteca. He recently visited Tasmania College of Arts in Australia as an computing and art expert on a joint project (see the local newspaper report).

Zhang is a Senior Editorial Board member of Journal of Visual Languages and Computing, Area Editor of International Journal of Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering, an Editorial Board member of The Visual Computer, Journal of Big Data, International Journal of Advanced Intelligence, and Journal of Visual Languages and Sentient Systems.

In his spare time, Kang likes to swim, play badminton, travel (see his travel page), and play go, chess, and bridge. Oil painting (won 3rd Prize in Shanghai in 1984. His recent works), paper art, logo design, Chinese calligraphy (won 1st Prize in Sichuan Province in 1981. The style Kang learnt is Liu Gongquan) (his own works in Regular Script, Clerical Script1, and Clerical Script2), and photography (see Kang's Photo Gallery, and a photo at Sillicon Valley Art Museum) are his real hobbies.


Computer Graphics for Java Programmers (Video presentations in MOOC style)

Books I (co-)authored or (co-)edited


My Chinese name
Chinese Page