Portrait of Dongmei Zhang

Dongmei Zhang

Distinguished Scientist, Deputy Managing Director


Dr. Dongmei Zhang is a Distinguished Scientist and Deputy Managing Director at Microsoft Research Asia, leading research in the area of Data, Knowledge, and Intelligence with research directions in data intelligence, knowledge computing, information visualization, and software engineering. In addition to conducting state-of-the-art research, Dr. Zhang’s groups also collaborate closely and extensively with product teams at Microsoft, and have developed and transferred innovative technologies into multiple core products, creating high business impact.

Dr. Zhang joined Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA) in 2004. Prior to joining MSRA, Dr. Zhang worked at Microsoft headquarters starting in 2001, playing a key role in developing the Microsoft PhotoStory product. After joining MSRA, Dr. Zhang led the Digital Ink research. Her research team was active in the handwriting recognition research area, such as math equation recognition, chemical formula recognition, and East Asian language recognition. In addition to publishing at top conferences, her team collaborated with product teams to transfer the developed technologies and systems into a number of Microsoft products, e.g., the East Asian language handwriting recognition technology in Windows 7 and the Handwritten Math Equation Recognizer in the Education Pack for Windows XP (Tablet PC Edition), Vista and Microsoft Math 3.0.

Dr. Zhang founded the Software Analytics group at MSRA in 2009, and led the team to conduct cutting-edge research and technology innovation in an interdisciplinary area that spans across big data, machine learning, systems, and software engineering. In recent years, Dr. Zhang’s groups have expanded their research into business intelligence. Their research and technologies have helped Microsoft Power BI to establish a technical leadership in Smart Data Discovery in the BI and data analytics market.

Dr. Zhang received her Ph.D. in Robotics from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. She received her M.E. and B.E. from Tsinghua University.