Jia Zhang is the interim chair and the Cruse C. and Marjorie F. Calahan Centennial Chair in Engineering and professor in the Department of Computer Science in the Lyle School of Engineering at SMU. Her research interests emphasize the application of machine learning and data mining 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 areas of earth science and health care.
She has served as PI on external grants worth over $5.5 million. Zhang has co-authored one textbook, Services Computing, and has published over 200 refereed journal papers, book chapters and conference papers. Her research won two Best Paper awards at IEEE SCC (2011 and 2017) and three Best Student Paper awards at IEEE ICWS (2014 and 2018) and IEEE ICCC (2018). She holds four U.S. patents. Zhang has served as an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Services Computing since 2008. She served as program chair-in-chief for IEEE SERVICES (2021 and 2022) and program committee chair for IEEE SCC (2020), ICWS (2019), CLOUD (2018) and BigData Congress (2017). Zhang holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Illinois at Chicago.