His research interests include big data analytics, spatio-temporal data mining, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. Before joining JD Digits, he was a senior research manager at Microsoft Research.

Zheng has received 3 technical transfer awards from Microsoft and 24 granted/filed patents. His technology has been transferred to Microsoft Products like Bing Maps. One of his projects, entitled Urban Air, has been deployed with the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection, predicting air quality for over 300 Chinese cities based on big data. He also leads a China pilot project on urban big data platform, which has been deployed in Guiyang City.

Zheng has been featured multiple times by influential journals. In 2013, he was named one of the Top Innovators under 35 by MIT Technology Review (TR35) and featured by Time Magazine for his research on urban computing. In 2014, he was named one of the Top 40 Business Elites under 40 in China by Fortune Magazine, because of the business impact of urban computing he has been advocating since 2008. In 2018, he is honored as one the top 10 most influential people in information and communications technology (ICT) Industries in China by Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
2021年当选IEEE Fellow。