James Zhang, Ph.D.

Dean, The Kimmel School

Professor of Electrical Engineering

Phone: 828-227-2159
Email: zhang@email.wcu.edu 
Office Address: Belk 161

Education:

  • Ph.D. Purdue University
  • M.S.E. Purdue University
  • M.A. Indiana University
  • B.S.E.E. Hunan University, PRC

Areas of Interest:

Professional interests include Communications Theory, Wireless Communication Systems and Networks, Bandwidth Efficient Modulation Schemes, Signal Design and Information Coding, Digital Signal Processing Techniques for Audio, Image, and Communications, and Engineering Education.

Recent Research Publications:

  • Shen, H., Tay, P. C., Adams, R. D., and Zhang, J. Z. (2013) A Microcalcification Enhancement Method for Mammogram Images. To appear in the Proceedings of the 2010 International Conference on Image Processing.

  • Han, J., Zhang, J. Z., (2013) Network Traffic Anomaly Detection Using Weighted Self-similarity Based on EMD. Proceedings of the IEEE SoutheastCon.

  • Huang, Y. Q., Zhang, J. Z., Adams, R. D., and Yang, W., (2013) Green's Dyadics for a Bounded Lossy Medium. To appear in the Proceedings of the IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and USNC-URSI National Radio Science.

  • Zhang, J. Z., Punch, A. J., (2012). Pattern Extraction of Sonar Images Using an LPC Edge Detector with Entropy Thresholding. Proceedings of the IEEE 2012 Oceans Conference.

  • Zhang, J. Z., Qin, Z., Tay P. C., and Adams, R. D., (2010) A Novel Facial Expression Recognition Method Using Fast BEMD Based Edge Detection. Proceedings of the 44rd Annual IEEE Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers. pp.204 – 208.

  • Ma, Y. M., Tay, P. C., Adams, R. D., and Zhang, J. Z. (2010) A Novel Shape Feature to Classify Microcalcifications. Proceedings of the 2010 International Conference on Image Processing, pp. 2265-2268.

  • Zhang, J. Z., Tay, P. C., and Adams, R. D., (2010) A Novel Image Edge Detection Method Using Linear Prediction. Proceedings of the 53rd IEEE Annual International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems, pp. 620-623.

  • Zhang, J. Z., Qin, Z. J., (2010) Edge Detection Using Fast Bidimensional Empirical Mode Decomposition and Mathematical Morphology. Proceedings of the IEEE SoutheastCon 2010. pp. 139-142.

  • Zhang, J. Z., Price, B. T., Adams, R. D., Burbank, K., Knaga, T. J., (2009). Hand Tremor Detection via Adaptive Empirical Mode Decomposition and Hilbert-Huang Transform. Technology Interface Journal, Vol. 10, No. 2, Special Issue Winter 2009. ISSN # 1523-9926.

  • Zhang, J. Z., N. Mbitiru, Tay P. C., and Adams, R. D., (2009) Analysis of Stress in Speech Using Adaptive Empirical Mode Decomposition. Proceedings of the 43rd Annual IEEE Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers. pp.361 – 365.

  • Huang, Y. Q., Burbank, K., and Zhang, J. Z., (2009) Integral Equation Method for the Computation of PD Inception Voltage in Voids. Proceedings of the IEEE 2009 Annual Report Conference on Electrical Insulation and Dielectric Phenomena. pp.565 – 568.

  • Zhang, J. Z., Price, B. T., Adams, R. D., Burbank, K. A. and Knaga, T. J. (2008). "Detection of Involuntary Human Hand Motions Using Empirical Mode Decomposition and Hilbert-Huang Transform," Proc. Of the 51st the 51st IEEE Annual Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems, pp. 157-160.

 

Publications Related to Engineering Education:

  • Yang, W., Martin, A., Adams,R. D., Zhang, J. Z., Burbank, K., (2010). A Case Study on Intentional Learning in Engineering and Technology Education. World Transactions on Engineering and Technology Education, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp.61-66, ISSN 1446-2257.

  • Yang W., Huang, Y., Adams, R.D., Zhang, J. Z., and Burbank, K. (2010). Computer-assisted teaching and learning of abstract photonics waveguide theory in undergraduate engineering technology program," World Transactions on Engineering and      Technology Education, vol. 8, pp. 145-149.

  • Huang, Y., Yang, W., Adams, R.D., Howell, B., Zhang, J. Z., Burbank, K., (2009). Teaching Electromagnetic Fields with      Computer Visualization. International Journal of Modern Engineering, Vol. 9, No. 2, Spring/Summer 2009. pp.43-49, ISSN# 1930-6628.

  • Zhang, J. Z., Teslow, M., Sanger, P., (2008). An Engineering-Health Science Interdisciplinary Approach to Promoting Mobile      Technology for Multidisciplinary Applications. International Journal of Engineering Education, Vol. 24, No. 1, pp.74-78, ISSN 0949-149x.

  • (Invited) Zhang, J. Z., Adams, R. D., Burbank, K., (2007). Using Matlab to Improve Learning Effectiveness and Quality in an Undergraduate Course on Wireless Communications and Systems. Global J. of Engng. Educ., Vol. 11, No. 1, pp. 45-54.

 

Granted Patents:

  • Mohan, C., Zhang, J. A., and Apraez, M., In-Band-On-Channel broadcast system for digital data. U.S. Patent number 7,388,911.

  • Mohan, C., Zhang, J. Z., Multi-Dimensional Coding for High-Density Storage Media Applications. U.S. Patent number 7,359,303.

  • Zoltowski, M. D., V. Krogmeier, J., Tomezak, G., Mohan, C., & Zhang, Z., DSP based variable aperture code generation. U. S. patent Number 7,042,959.

  • Mohan, C., Zhang, Z., Majumdar, J., Modulation technique for transmitting multiple high data rates signals through a band limited channel. U.S. Patent number 6,862,317.

  • Kapadia, M. B., Marjumdar, J., Zhang, J. Z., Technique for Communicating Variable Bit Rate Data Over a Constant Bit Rate Link. U.S. Patent number 6,956,875 B2, October, 2005.

  • Mohan, C., Riedl, W.E., & Zhang, Z., Digital signal modulation system. U.S. Patent number 6,775,324.

  • Mohan, C., Zhang, Z., Apraez, M., In-Band-On-Channel broadcast system for digital data. U.S. Patent number 6,792,051.

 

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