Professor Xiaofang Zhou PhD (UQ), FIEEE

Head of Department

Otto Poon Professor of Engineering and Chair Professor of Computer Science and Engineering

Department of Computer Science and EngineeringThe Hong Kong University of Science and TechnologyClear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong KongOffice: Room 3531, Academic Building (Lift #25-26)Phone: (+852) 2358 7009 Homepage: firstname dot lastname at ust dot hk

Dr Xiaofang Zhou is Otto Poon Professor of Engineering and Chair Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is Head of Department of Computer Science and Engineering. He is also Co-Director of HKUST Big Data Institute (BDI), Director of JC STEM Lab of Data Science Foundations (DSF), and Director of HKUST-HKPC Joint Lab on Industrial AI and Robotics Research (INAIR). He is a Global STEM Scholar of Hong Kong and a Fellow of IEEE.

Professor Zhou's research focus is to find effective and efficient solutions for managing, integrating and analyzing large-scale complex data for business, scientific and personal applications. He has been working in the area of spatiotemporal and multimedia databases, data mining, data quality management, high-performance query processing, big data analytics, and machine learning, co-authored over 400 research papers. He received the Best Paper Awards of WISE 2012&2013, ICDE 2015&2019, DASFAA 2016 and ADC 2019. He was the Program Committee Chair of IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE 2013), ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM 2016), and International Conference on Very Large Databases (PVLDB 2020). He was the General Chair of ACM Multimedia Conference (MM 2015). He was a keynote speaker at WISE 2008, CIKM 2015, DEXA 2018 and MDM 2019.

He has been on the program committees of numerous international conferences, often as a Senior PC member, including SIGMOD, VLDB, ICDE, EDBT, WWW, ACM Multimedia, CIKM, ICDM, PAKDD, ICDCS, IJCAI, AAAI and SIGKDD. He was the Convenor and Director of the ARC Research Network in Enterprise Information Infrastructure (2004-2011, a major national research collaboration initiative in Australia), Research Director of the ARC Training Centre for Information Resilience (2020), and a Chief Investigator for the ARC Centre of Excellence in Bioinformatics (2003 - 2010) and Center for Energy Data Innovation (2018 - 2023). Currently, he is an Associate Editor of The World Wide Web Journal and Springer's Encyclopedia of Database Systems. He was the Chair of IEEE Technical Committee on Data Engineering (2015 - 2018) and a member of IEEE Fellow Evaluation Committee (2018, 2021, 2022). He was the founding chair of ACM SIGSPATIAL Australian Chapter (2010-2011). He has been on the Steering Committees of ICDE, DASFAA (Vice Chair 2019-2021), WISE, APWeb (Chair, 2010 - 2018), Australasian Database Conferences (Chair, 2020-2021) and BigComp conferences, and a member of the PVLDB Advisory Board (2019-2021). In the past, he was an Associate Editor of The VLDB Journal (2008-2015), IEEE Data Engineering Bulletin, Information Processing Letters, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (2009 - 2015), IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing (2013-2019), Distributed and Parallel Databases (2015-2020), Knowledge and Information Systems (2017-2021).

From 2006 to 2020, he was a Professor of Computer Science at The University of Queensland, leading the Data and Knowledge Engineering (DKE) research group and Data Science Discipline at UQ. Under his leadership, UQ DKE/Data Science discipline received 5 out of 5 ranking in the Australian Research Council's research quality assessment for three consecutive rounds (ERA 2012, 2015, 2018). Before joining UQ in 1999, he worked as a Senior Research Scientist in the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and was the leader of its Spatial Information Systems group. He was a Lecturer in Computer Science at Nanjing University (1987 - 1991) and held visiting positions at The National University of Singapore (2002 and 2018) and Nanyang Technological University (2006). Xiaofang received his BSc and MSc degrees in Computer Science from Nanjing University in 1984 and 1987 respectively, and PhD in Computer Science from UQ in 1994.

He is also a Chair Professor at HKUST Shenzhen Research Institute and an Affiliate Professor at HKUST (Guangzhou).