Professor, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair

Contact InformationZhou Wang

Phone: 519-888-4567 x35301
Location: E5 5113


Biography Summary

Zhou Wang is a Professor at the University of Waterloo in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is currently a certified Professional Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He is a recipient of 2014 NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship Award, 2013 IEEE Signal Processing Magazine Best Paper Award, 2009 IEEE Signal Processing Society Best Paper Award, 2013 NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement, and 2009 Ontario Early Researcher Award.

Professor Wang’s research interests include signal and image processing, computational vision and pattern analysis, multimedia coding and communications, and biomedical signal and image processing. He has more than 100 published journal and conference papers in the field with over 25,000 citations.

Research Interests

  • Image processing
  • Digital signal processing
  • Computational vision
  • Pattern recognition
  • Multimedia communications
  • Image and video compression
  • Image denoising
  • Restoration and enhancement
  • Visual perception
  • Biomedical signal processing
  • Information Systems
  • Medical imaging
  • Wireless communications/networking


  • 2001, Doctorate, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
  • 1995, Master's, Electronic and Communication Engineering, South China University of Technology
  • 1993, Bachelor's, Electronic & Information Engineering, with minor in Applied Mathematics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology


  • ECE 318 - Analog and Digital Communications
    • Taught in 2014
  • ECE 417 - Image Processing
    • Taught in 2014
  • ECE 499 - Engineering Project
    • Taught in 2014
  • ECE 413 - Digital Signal Processing
    • Taught in 2016, 2018
  • ECE 710 - Special Topics in Communications and Information Theory
    • Taught in 2016
  • ECE 613 - Image Processing and Visual Communication
    • Taught in 2016, 2017, 2018
* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Zhao, Tiesong and Wang, Zhou and Chen, Chang Wen, Adaptive Quantization Parameter Cascading in HEVC Hierarchical Coding, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, 25(7), 2016, 2997 - 3009
  • Wang, Shiqi and Gu, Ke and Zeng, Kai and Wang, Zhou and Lin, Weisi, Objective Quality Assessment and Perceptual Compression of Screen Content Images, , 2016
  • Ma, Kede and Zhao, Tiesong and Zeng, Kai and Wang, Zhou, Objective quality assessment for color-to-gray image conversion, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, 24(12), 2015, 4673 - 4685
  • Hassen, Rania and Wang, Zhou and Salama, Magdy MA, Objective quality assessment for multiexposure multifocus image fusion, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, 24(9), 2015, 2712 - 2724
  • Rostami, Mohammad and Michailovich, Oleg V and Wang, Zhou, Surface reconstruction in gradient-field domain using compressed sensing, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, 24(5), 2015, 1628 - 1638
  • Fang, Yuming and Ma, Kede and Wang, Zhou and Lin, Weisi and Fang, Zhijun and Zhai, Guangtao, No-reference quality assessment of contrast-distorted images based on natural scene statistics, IEEE Signal Processing Letters, 22(7), 2015, 838 - 842
  • Ma, Kede and Yeganeh, Hojatollah and Zeng, Kai and Wang, Zhou, High dynamic range image compression by optimizing tone mapped image quality index, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, 24(10), 2015, 3086 - 3097
  • Fang, Yuming and Zeng, Kai and Wang, Zhou and Lin, Weisi and Fang, Zhijun and Lin, Chia-Wen, Objective quality assessment for image retargeting based on structural similarity, IEEE Journal on Emerging and Selected Topics in Circuits and Systems, 4(1), 2014, 95 - 105
  • Fang, Yuming and Wang, Zhou and Lin, Weisi and Fang, Zhijun, Video saliency incorporating spatiotemporal cues and uncertainty weighting, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, 23(9), 2014, 3910 - 3921
  • Wang, Shiqi and Rehman, Abdul and Wang, Zhou and Ma, Siwei and Gao, Wen, Perceptual video coding based on SSIM-inspired divisive normalization, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, 22(4), 2013, 1418 - 1429