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Wei ZHANG, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Industrial Engineering

Tsinghua University,Beijing 100084, P. R. China

Phone:  +86-10-62792257 (Office)
               +86-13911337590 (Mobile)

Fax:      +86-10-62774399

E-mail:   zhangwei@tsinghua.edu.cn




Ph.D. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, 1997, Tsinghua University, Beijing, P. R. China

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, 1992, Tsinghua University

Minor B.S. in Electric Engineering, 1992, Tsinghua University



Oct. 2001 - Present

Associate Professor and Department Laboratory Director Dept. of Industrial Engineering, Tsinghua University

Sept. 2000 - Sept. 2001

Associate Professor
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Tsinghua University

Sept. 1999 - Aug. 2000

Post-doctoral Research Associate
Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
University of Missouri-Rolla, Missouri, USA

Jul. 1997 - Aug. 1999

Post-doctoral Research Associate
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
New Jersey Institute of Technology, New Jersey, USA



  • Manufacturing Technology II, collaborated graduate course for Tsinghua-RWTH Aachen joint master program in production engineering, in English
  • New Product Development Technology & Management, undergraduate course
  • Human Factors I, undergraduate course
  • Virtual Reality for Product Development, Graduate courses for Industrial Engineering, joint course with Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France

Graduate students supervised: 3 Ph.D. candidates and 3 Master graduate students. Over 20 Master graduate students have graduated and all joined either multinational companies or pursuing Ph.D. in the USA, France, and Germany.



Interested Areas:
Virtual Reality and Applications, Driving Simulation, Driving Safety, Human

Funded Research Projects:

  1. Evaluation and analysis of driver’s reaction characteristics to road hazards and intervention effectiveness evaluation, funded by National Natural Science Foundation (Grant #: 70771057), RMB 200,000, Jan. 2008-Dec. 2010, on-going. Principal Investigator.
  2. Fundamental research of collaborated virtual product shape design and rapid manufacturing, funded by National Natural Science Foundation (Grant #: 50205014), RMB 220,000, Jan. 2003-Dec. 2005, completed. Principal Investigator.
  3. Evaluation of the fatigue during a task simulation, jointly with Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France, funded by European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company EADS France, Euro 50,000, June 2007-June 2009, on-going. Principal Investigator.
  4. Effectiveness of Safety Devices for Typical Road Fatalities in China, funded by Nissan – China, RMB 562,000, on-going, Principal Investigator.
  5. Prediction of China Road Transportation Fatalities by 2030, funded by Nissan – China, RMB 130,000, completed, Principal Investigator.
  6. Factors and behaviors influencing driving safety in China, funded by Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety, RMB 650,000, Jan. 2003-Dec. 2008, on-going, Principal Investigator.
  7. Computer modeling and simulation of aged people using diapers, funded by Procter & Gamble (P&G - Japan), RMB 64,000, Jan. 2004-Dec. 2004, completed, Co-Principal Investigator.
  8. Rapid freezing prototyping, funded by China Ministry of Education, RMB 40,000, Jan. 2002-Dec. 2003, completed, Principal Investigator.

Wei Zhang, Ming C. Leu, Zhiming Ji, Yongnian Yan, “Method and Apparatus for Rapid Freezing Prototyping.” 2001, number 6,253,116


  1. Book translation: P. Banerjee  and Dan Zetu, Virtual Manufacturing, John Wiley & Sons, 2001, translated into Chinese by Wei Zhang, Published by Tsinghua University Press in March 2005.
  2. W. Zhang, H. Lin, and W. H. Zhang, From Virtuality to Reality: Individualized Freeform Model Design and Rapid Manufacturing, Formally Accepted for publication, Intl. J. of Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing.
  3. W. Zhang, Y. H. Huang, M. Roetting, Y. Wang and H. Wei. Driver's views and behaviors about safety in China - What do they NOT know about driving? Accident Analysis and Prevention, 38, pp. 22-27.
  4. Y. H. Huang, W. Zhang, M. Roetting and D. Melton. Experiences from dual-county drivers: Driving safely in China and the US. Safety Science, 44, pp. 785-795.
  5. W. H. Zhang, X. Peng, M. C. Leu and W. Zhang, A Novel Contour Generation Algorithm for Surface Reconstruction from Dexel Data, ASME Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering, 7(3), pp. 203-210.
  6. L. Ma, D. Chablat, F. Bennis, W. Zhang. A new dynamic muscle fatigue model and its validation, formally accepted by the International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics.
  7. L. Ma, D. Chablat, F. Bennis, W. Zhang, F. Guillaume. A new muscle fatigue and recovery model and its ergonomics application in human simulation, submitted to IDMME – Virtual Concept 2008 International Conference.
  8. Y. Wang, E. D. Zhang, W. Zhang, M. C. Leu and H. Zeng. Development of A Low-cost Driving Simulation System for Safety Study and Training. Proceedings of Driving Simulation Conference Asia/Pacific 2006, Tsukuba, Japan, May 31-June 2, 2006.
  9. Y. Wang, W. Zhang, F. Bennis and D. Chablat. An Integrated Simulation System for Human Factor Study. Proceedings of Industrial Engineering Research Conference 2006, Orlando, USA, May 19-25, 2006.
  10. Wei Zhang, Weihan Zhang, Heng Lin, and Zhicong Zhang, Multi-axis Milling Simulation based Raycasting Method, Computer Integrated Manufacturing Systems (CIMS) (in Chinese), Vol. 10 (2), 209-214.
  11. Xinghua Lang, Yang Guo, Heng Lin, and Wei Zhang, Stereo and Multi-screen Visualization of STL Models, Journal of System Simulation (in Chinese),  Vol. 16 (4), pp. 740-744.
  12. Wei Zhang, Weihan Zhang, Heng Lin, Research of a collaborated virtual product shape design and rapid manufacturing system, Journal of System Simulation (in Chinese), Vol. 16 (9), 1974-1977.
  13. Y. Wang, P. Peng, Lijun Liang, W. Zhang and S. Wu. Road Hazard Reaction Testing Using Driving Simulation: the Novice vs. the Experienced Drivers, Proceedings of International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, 2007.
  14. Y. Y. Liu, L. J. Liang, W. Zhang. Study of microscopic simulation and influence of lane changing and car following behaviors on traffic flow, Accepted by ICCTLP international Conference.
  15. Y. B. Wang, B. Hu, W. Zhang, J. B. Yan, L. Zhang and K. B. Liao. Road Guide Signs Evaluation and Optimization of a Main Cloverleaf Junction Based on Driving Simulation, Proceedings of the IIE annual Conference, Vancouver, Canada, May 2008.


    1. Editorial board member, International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing.
    2. Editorial board member, International Journal of Universal Access in the Information Society.
    3. Editorial board member, Chinese Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing Systems (CIMS).
    4. Conference organizing committee board member and session chair, Eleventh HCI International Conference jointly with the 1st International Conference on Virtual Reality.
    5. Appointed proposal reviewer, China National Natural Science Foundation.
    6. Board member, Chinese Ergonomics Society
    7. Board member, Chinese Graphics and Image Society – Virtual Reality Division
    8. Conference Chair, China National Conference on Practice Education and Laboratory Building for Industrial Engineering, Nov. 20-21, 2004, Tsinghua University, Beijing


Multi-functional Rapid Prototyping System and Technology, Beijing Science and Technology Lead Award, first prize, 2002.
Multi-functional Rapid Prototyping System and Technology, China National Science and Technology Lead Award, second prize, 2003.
Excellent Faculty of the Department of the year 2007.


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