Zhi (Jenny) Zheng, Ph.D

Assistant Professor
Biomedical Engineering

To learn more about Zhi Zheng, visit her website.

Education

  • Ph.D., 2016, Electrical Engineering, Vanderbilt University
  • M.S., 2013, Electrical Engineering, Vanderbilt University
  • M.S., 2011, Pattern Recognition and Intelligent Systems, Xidian University
  • B.S., 2008, Biomedical Engineering, Xidian University

Research Interests

  • Intelligent interactive systems, human-machine interaction, and human-centered computing
  • Computer vision, machine learning, pattern recognition, and data mining
  • Engineering education research and special education for children with developmental disabilities

Publications

  • Journals
    1. Zheng, Zhi, Huan Zhao, Amy Swanson, Amy Weitlauf, Zachary Warren, Nilanjan Sarkar “Longitudinal Autonomous Robot-mediated Joint Attention Intervention for Toddlers with ASD.” Human-Machine Systems, IEEE Transactions on. (minor revision)
    2. Jing Fan, Dayi Bian, Zhi Zheng, Linda Beuscher, Paul A. Newhouse, Lorraine C. Mion, Nilanjan Sarkar, “A Robotic Coach Architecture for Elder Care (ROCARE) Based on Multi-user Engagement Models,” Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, IEEE Transactions on. (electronic print, DOI: 10.1109/TNSRE.2016.2608791)
    3. Zheng, Zhi, Qiang Fu, Huan Zhao, Amy Swanson, Amy Weitlauf, Zachary Warren, Nilanjan Sarkar “Design of an Autonomous Social Orienting Training System
      (ASOTS) for Young Children with Autism.” Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, IEEE Transactions on. (electronic print, DOI: 10.1109/TNSRE.2016.2598727)
    4. Zheng, Zhi, Zachary Warren, Amy Weitlauf, Qiang Fu, Huan Zhao, Amy Swanson, and Nilanjan Sarkar. "Brief Report: Evaluation of an Intelligent Learning Environment for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. "Journal of autism and developmental disorders 46, no. 11 (2016): 3615-3621.
    5. Zheng, Zhi, Eric M. Young, Amy Swanson, Zachary Warren, and Nilanjan Sarkar. “Robot-mediated Imitation Skill Training for Children with Autism.” Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, IEEE Transactions on. 24, no. 6 (2015): 682-691.
    6. Warren, Zachary, Zhi Zheng, Shuvajit Das, Eric M. Young, Amy Swanson, Amy Weitlauf, and Nilanjan Sarkar. "Brief report: Development of a robotic intervention platform for young children with ASD." Journal of autism and developmental disorders 45, no. 12 (2015): 3870-3876.
    7. Bekele, Esubalew, Julie Crittendon, Zhi Zheng, Amy Swanson, Amy Weitlauf, Zachary Warren, and Nilanjan Sarkar. "Assessing the Utility of a Virtual Environment for Enhancing Facial Affect Recognition in Adolescents with Autism." Journal of autism and developmental disorders 44, no. 7 (2014): 1641-1650.
    8. Warren, Zachary E., Zhi Zheng, Amy R. Swanson, Esubalew Bekele, Lian Zhang, Julie A. Crittendon, Amy F. Weitlauf, and Nilanjan Sarkar. "Can robotic interaction improve joint attention skills?." Journal of autism and developmental disorders 45, no. 11 (2015): 3726-3734.
    9. Bekele, Esubalew, Zhi Zheng, Amy Swanson, Julie Crittendon, Zachary Warren, and Nilanjan Sarkar. "Understanding how adolescents with autism respond to facial expressions in virtual reality environments." Visualization and Computer Graphics, IEEE Transactions on 19, no. 4 (2013): 711-720.
    10. Jiao, Licheng, Maoguo Gong, Shuang Wang, Biao Hou, Zhi Zheng, and Qiaodi Wu. "Natural and remote sensing image segmentation using memetic computing." Computational Intelligence Magazine, IEEE 5, no. 2 (2010): 78-91.
  • Book Chapter
    1. Zheng, Zhi, Esubalew Bekele, Amy Swanson, Amy Weitlauf, Zachary Warren, and Nilanjan Sarkar, "The Impact of Robots on Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). " Autism Imaging and Devices, Taylor & Francis, Jan. 2017.
  • Conference Proceedings
    1. FakhrHosseini, Maryam, Dylan Lettinga, Eric Vasey, Zhi Zheng, Myounghoon Jeon, Chung Hyuk Park, and Ayanna Howard. “Both “Look and Feel” Matter: Essential Factors for Robotic Companionship.” In Robot and Human Interactive Communication, the 26th IEEE International Symposium on (Ro-Man 2017).
    2. Vasey, Eric, Maryam S. FakhrHosseini, Zhi Zheng, Chung-Hyuk Park, Ayanna Howard, and Myounghoon Jeon. “Development and Usability Testing of a Remote Control App for an Interactive Robot.” 2017 Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting.
    3. Jeon, Myounghoon, Jaclyn Barnes, Maryam FakhrHosseini, Eric Vasey, Zack Duford, Zhi Zheng, and Emily Dare. “Robot Opera: A Modularized Afterschool Program for STEAM Education at Local Elementary School.” In Ubiquitous Robots and Ambient Intelligence, the14th International Conference on (URAI 2017).
    4. Zheng, Zhi, Guangtao Nie, Amy Swanson, Amy Weitlauf, Zachary Warren, and Nilanjan Sarkar. "Longitudinal Impact of Autonomous Robot-Mediated Joint Attention Intervention for Young Children with ASD." In International Conference on Social Robotics, pp. 581-590. Springer International Publishing, 2016.
    5. Zheng, Zhi, Eric M. Young, Amy Swanson, Amy Weitlauf, Zachary Warren, and Nilanjan Sarkar. "Robot-mediated mixed gesture imitation skill training for young children with ASD." In Advanced Robotics (ICAR), 2015 International Conferenceon, pp. 72-77. IEEE, 2015.
    6. Zheng, Zhi, Qiang Fu, Huan Zhao, Amy Swanson, Amy Weitlauf, Zachary Warren, and Nilanjan Sarkar. "Design of a Computer-Assisted System for Teaching Attentional Skills to Toddlers with ASD." In International Conference on Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction, pp. 721-730. Springer International Publishing, 2015. (Best Paper Award)
    7. Zheng, Zhi, Shuvajit Das, Eric M. Young, Amy Swanson, Zachary Warren, and Nilanjan Sarkar. "Autonomous robot-mediated imitation learning for children with autism." In Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2014 IEEE International Conference on, pp. 2707-2712. IEEE, 2014.
    8. Bekele, Esubalew, Joshua W. Wade, Dayi Bian, Lian Zhang, Zhi Zheng, Amy Swanson, Medha Sarkar, Zachary Warren, and Nilanjan Sarkar. "Multimodal Interfaces and Sensory Fusion in VR for Social Interactions." In Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality. Designing and Developing Virtual and Augmented Environments, pp. 14-24. Springer International Publishing, 2014.
    9. Bekele, Esubalew, Dayi Bian, Zhi Zheng, Joel Peterman, Sohee Park, and Nilanjan Sarkar. "Responses during Facial Emotional Expression Recognition Tasks Using Virtual Reality and Static IAPS Pictures for Adults with Schizophrenia." In Virtual,Augmented and Mixed Reality. Applications of Virtual and Augmented Reality, pp. 225-235. Springer International Publishing, 2014.
    10. Zheng, Zhi, Lian Zhang, Esubalew Bekele, Amy Swanson, Julie A. Crittendon, Zachary Warren, and Nilanjan Sarkar. "Impact of robot-mediated interaction system on joint attention skills for children with autism." In Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR), 2013 IEEE International Conference on, pp. 1-8. IEEE, 2013. (Best student paper finalist)
    11. Bekele, Esubalew, Mary Young, Zhi Zheng, Lian Zhang, Amy Swanson, Rebecca Johnston, Julie Davidson, Zachary Warren, and Nilanjan Sarkar. "A step towards adaptive multimodal virtual social interaction platform for children with autism." In Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction. User and Context Diversity, pp. 464-473. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2013.
    12. Bekele, Esubalew, Zhi Zheng, Amy Swanson, Julie Davidson, Zachary Warren, and Nilanjan Sarkar. "Virtual reality-based facial expressions understanding for teenagers with autism." In Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction. User and Context Diversity, pp. 454-463. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2013.
    13. Bekele, Esubalew, Zhi Zheng, Uttama Lahiri, Amy Swanson., Julie Davidson, Zachary Warren, and Nilanjan Sarkar. (2012). “Design of a novel virtual reality-based autism intervention system for facial emotional expressions identification.” In The 9th International conference on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technologies.
    14. Zheng, Zhi, Maoguo Gong, Jingjing Ma, Licheng Jiao, and Qiaodi Wu. "Unsupervised evolutionary clustering algorithm for mixed type data." In Evolutionary Computation (CEC), 2010 IEEE Congress on, pp. 1-8. IEEE, 2010.