Creative Computation

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Zizhen Chen

Caruth Hall, Room 308

Zizhen Chen

Adjunct Instructor

Zizhen Chen is a Ph.D. Computer Science candidate at SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering. His research interests include computer graphics, algorithms (graph theory), user interface design, arithmetic, data visualization, software engineering, compiling principle and software security.

Chen, a native of Shanghai, earned a bachelor of engineering degree in software engineering from North China Electric Power University before coming to SMU in 2011 to pursue a master’s degree in computer science. While a master’s student, Chen tutored undergraduate computer science students at SMU’s Altshuler Learning Enhancement Center. After tutoring a creative computing student, Chen became interested in the Processing language. By using Processing to create visualizing programs for algorithms, he came to not only understand the algorithms but also to see their beauty. He has an active interest in creating visualization for big data problems as well. Chen now teaches creative coding classes and visualization at SMU’s Center for Creative Computation, located in SMU Meadows School of the Arts, and at SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering.

His name, “Zizhen Chen,” is a direct letter translation from his Chinese name. Because some English speakers struggle with pronouncing his name, Chen invites students to call him by his nickname, “Z.”


Ph.D. Computer Science candidate, Southern Methodist University
M.S. in Computer Science, Southern Methodist University
B.E. in Software Engineering, North China Electric Power University


Linear Algorithms on Dominant Backbone Detection in Wireless Sensor Network

A new partitioning (clustering) method in networks based on hierarchical maximum concurrent flow

Algorithm and Data Visualization


Creative Coding I, CRCP/ASIM 1310
Creative Coding II, CRCP/ASIM 3305

Selected Publications

Zizhen Chen, David W. Matula, "Bipartite Grid Partitioning of a Random Geometric Graph,"Distributed Computing in Sensor Systems (DCOSS) 2017 International Conference, pp. 163-169, 2017

Zizhen Chen, David W. Matula, “Partitioning RGG’s into disjoint (1 − ε) dominant bipartite subgraphs,” in CSC14: The Sixth SIAM Workshop on Combinatorial Scientific Computing. SIAM, pp. 48–50, 2014


Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Southern Methodist University, 2016


Areas of Study



Art History

Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship

Corporate Communication and Public Affairs

Creative Computation

Undergraduate Studies

Classes (See Catalog)

Center of Creative Computation

Faculty and Staff

Student Internships & Collaborations


Film and Media Arts