Scholar of the Month | Kent State University

Scholar of the Month

Scholar Focuses on Data and Information Visualization

Scholar of the Month
Ye Zhao
Associate Professor of Computer Science
College of Arts and Sciences
2006-present

Ye Zhao is associate professor of computer science in the College of Arts and Sciences. His research focuses on physically based simulation and visualization, natural phenomena modeling, general purpose computing using graphics hardware, and information visualization and visual analytics.

In the past four years, Zhao has been awarded grants totaling more than $800,000, including a recent $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for research on a cloud-based visual analytics software system to advance transportation studies.

He also has published more than 50 referred technical papers in such prominent journals as ACM Transactions on Graphics and IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. In 2013, Zhao was named one of the top 25 STEM professors in Ohio by Online Schools Ohio, and in 2011, he received a Google Faculty Award for research in high-dimensional data visualization.

Zhao received a Ph.D. in computer science from Stony Brook University, as well as a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.

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About Kent State’s Scholar of the Month

Kent State’s Scholar of the Month recognizes faculty researchers and scholars whose recent work has had an important impact on their professional fields and has brought exposure to the university. Each month, a different college will have the opportunity to nominate a researcher/scholar for this recognition. There is also a month when a faculty member from the Regional Campuses will be featured.

The selection process is in the hands of the dean and his or her colleagues and faculty. Hence, this is recognition by the person’s college colleagues that is then taken up by the university. The deans communicate the person’s name to the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs for recognition as Scholar of the Month.