Her research interest is mainly on machine learning with applications to multimedia and healthcare. Before joining Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Dr. Zhang was a research manager at Yahoo! Labs, where she leaded a R&D team of researchers with strong background in data mining and machine learning to improve the web search quality of Yahoo international markets. Prior to joining Yahoo, Dr. Zhang was an assistant professor at University of Kansas with research focus on machine learning applications in bioinformatics and information retrieval. Dr. Zhang published more than 70 refereed papers in prestigious international conferences and journals including TPAMI, TIP, TNNLS, ICDM, CVPR, ICCV, ECCV, and ECML. She currently holds 5 US patents and 4 China patents, and has 9 patents pending in the areas of multimedia analysis. She is appointed as the Chief Expert for the project 'Research of Key Technologies and Demonstration for Digital Media Self-organizing' under the 863 program by Ministry of science and technology of China.