Dr. Dongsong Zhang Named Director of Research

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Dr. Dongsong Zhang has been appointed as the Director of Research for UNC Charlotte’s School of Data Science.

Zhang, who joined UNC Charlotte in 2018 as a Belk Endowed Chair Professor in Business Analytics, has more than 20 years of data science related research experience.

He will be instrumental in the ongoing success of the School of Data Science (SDS) as a leader in data science research. In this role, Zhang will spearhead the SDS Seed Grant program, cultivate new, interdisciplinary partnerships within SDS, with other University researchers and with academic and industry partners outside of UNC Charlotte.

“I’m thrilled to join the School of Data Science as the Director of Research,” Zhang said. “I look forward to supporting our research faculty on campus and acting as a bridge between the University and our industry partners to expand collaboration efforts across the region.”

His current research interests include social computing, health IT, online fraud and deception detection, mobile HCI, business intelligence, and online communities. Zhang has published approximately 160 research articles in journals and conference proceedings, and has received a dozen research grants and awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Education, Google Inc., etc. He received his Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from the Eller School of Management at the University of Arizona.