Dr. Qiang Zhu


Professor and Chair
William E. Stirton Professor

Department of Computer and Information Science
College of Engineering and Computer Science
University of Michigan - Dearborn
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128, USA
Office: 111 CIS    Phone: (313) 593-4998

Administrative Assistant Phone: (313) 583-6544
Department Office Phone: (313) 436-9145    Fax: (313) 593-9967


Brief Biography

Dr. Qiang Zhu is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Michigan - Dearborn. He also holds the William E. Stirton Professorship at the university. He is an affiliated faculty member in the Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS) at the University of Michigan. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo (Canada) in 1995, specializing in database systems. He also holds an M.Eng. and a B.Sc. from the Southeast University (China) and an M.Sc. from the McMaster University (Canada).

Dr. Zhu has been honored as an ACM Distinguished Scientist, an IBM CAS Faculty Fellow, and an IEEE Senior Member. He was a visiting scientist at the IBM Toronto Laboratory, conducting research on query optimization and multidatabase systems. He was a lecturer at the Southeast University in China, teaching and supervising students at both undergraduate and graduate levels. He was an instructor at the University of Waterloo, teaching a database course.

Dr. Zhu has many years research experience in the database field. He has extensive experience in developing centralized/distributed database systems. He has led and carried out research projects in various areas, including query optimization for advanced database systems, multidimenstional non-ordered discrete data indexing, big data processing and analytics, k-nearest neighbor search in complex data spaces, spatio-temporal data indexing, streaming data processing, self-managing databases, distributed databases, vehicular database applications, and bioinformatics. His research has been funded by highly competitive external and internal sources, including NSF, IBM, Ford, OVPR, Rackham, REEDF, and CEEP. He was also a recipient of 2013 ACM Distinguished Scientist Award, 2004 IBM Faculty Award, 2003 IBM Faculty Award, 2001 UMD Distinguished Faculty Research Award, 1999 IBM University Partnership Research Award, and 1988 Scientific Progress Award of PRC Education Commission, as well as a number of best paper awards (including The 2008 Wilkes Award from The British Computer Society), recognizing excellence of his research. He has published over 100 research papers in various journals and conference proceedings including ACM Transactions on Database Systems (TODS), ACM Transactions on Information Systems (TOIS), IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (TKDE), The VLDB Journal (VLDBJ), Information Systems (IS), Data & Knowledge Engineering (DKE), IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (TPDS), IEEE Transactions on Computers (TC), and Proceedings of the VLDB Endowment (PVLDB). His research work was cited by numerous research papers and included in several well-known database research/text books. Dr. Zhu was invited to give research presentations at many universities and industrial research centers/labs. He has served as an Editor-in-Chief, Associate Editor and Editorial Board member for several international technical journals including Information Sciences (Elsevier) and Journal of Big Data (Springer). He also served as a program/organizing committee member for over 100 international research conferences. He was a referee for numerous journals and conferences.

Main Research Interests

Database Research Group at UM-D

Course Taught in Winter 2018


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