Jia Zhang

Interim Chair, Department of Computer Science
Ph.D., Cruse C. and Marjorie F. Calahan Centennial Chair in Engineering, Professor

Department of Computer Science


Office: 457 Caruth Hall
Email: jiazhang@smu.edu
Professional website: https://s2.smu.edu/~jiazhang/

Educational Background

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago;
M.S. and B.S., Nanjing University, China


  • Data Science Infrastructure
  • Machine Learning and Deep Learning
  • Scientific Workflow
  • Cloud Computing
  • Software Engineering
Jia Zhang is serving as the Interim Chair of the Computer Science Department in the Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University. She is the Cruse C. and Marjorie F. Calahan Centennial Chair in Engineering, Professor of Department of Computer Science. Her research interests emphasize the application of machine learning and information retrieval methods to tackle data science infrastructure problems, with a recent focus on scientific workflows, provenance mining, software discovery, knowledge graph, and interdisciplinary applications of all of these interests in the area of earth science. She has served as PI on grants worth over $5 Million.

Dr. Zhang has co-authored one textbook "Services Computing" and has published over 190 refereed journal papers, book chapters, and conference papers. Her research won two Best Paper awards at IEEE SCC (2011, 2017), and three Best Student Paper awards at IEEE ICWS (2014, 2018) and IEEE ICCC (2018). She also holds three US patents. Dr. Zhang has served as an associated editor of the IEEE TSC since 2008. She served as Program Chair-in-Chief for IEEE SERVICES (2021, 2022), and Program Committee Chair for IEEE SCC (2020), ICWS (2019), CLOUD (2018), and BigData Congress (2017).

Dr. Zhang holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to joining SMU, she was a faculty at Carnegie Mellon University - Silicon Valley, Northern Illinois University, and Nanjing University, and worked in industry as a software architect.