Zhiqiang Ma

PhD Candidate
Department of Computer Science
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Phone: (704) 687-8538
Office: Woodward Hall 401 (IMI Lab)
Email: zma5 AT uncc DOT edu

Zhiqiang Ma is currently a PhD candidate in Computing and Information Systems and a MS student in Applied Statistics at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) under the supervision of Dr. Srinivas Akella. He got his B.S. in Automation Engineering 2005 and M.S. in Pattern Recognition and Intelligence System 2008 both from Shandong University, Jinan, China. After staying at Utah State University for one year, He joined Intelligent, Multimedia & Interactive Systems (IMI) Laboratory at UNCC in year 2009. Here is his resume.

Research Interests

  • Text Mining
  • Data Analysis
  • Machine Learning and Data Mining


  • TA to ITCS-6010/8010-001: Cloud Computing for Data Analysis, Spring 2010
  • TA to ITCS-1101: Introduction to Computer Concepts, Fall 2009
  • TA to CS-2420: Algorithms and Data Structures, Summer 2009 (at USU)
  • TA to CS-1410: Introduction to Computer Science, Spring 2009 (at USU)
  • TA to CS-5300: Compiler Design, Fall 2008 (at USU)


  • Z. Ma, W. Dou, X. Wang, S. Akella. Understanding Hashtags and Their Relationships via Modeling Tweet Content. To appear in 2013 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence.
  • W. Dou, L. Yu, X. Wang, Z. Ma, and W. Ribarsky. Hierarchical Topics: Visually Exploring Large Text Collections Using Topic Hierarchies. To appear in IEEE Transactions in Visualization and Computer Graphics (IEEE VAST 2013).
  • X. Wang, Z. Ma, W. Dou, and W. Ribarsky. Discover Diamonds-in-the-Rough using Interactive Visual Analytics System: Tweets as a Collective Diary of the Occupy Movement. IEEE SocMedVis 2013, pp. 2-5.
  • Z. Ma and S. Akella. Coordination of Droplets on Light-Actuated Digital Microfluidic Systems. 2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2012), pp. 2510-2516.
  • X. Wang, W. Dou, Z. Ma, J. Villalobos, Y. Chen, T. Kraft, W. Ribarsky. I-SI: Scalable architecture of analyzing latent topical-level information from social media data. EuroVis 2012 Computer Graphics Forum, Vol. 31, Issue 3pt4, pp. 1275-1284.
  • Z. Ma, F. Chang, W. Tian, Y. Zhao. An Approach to Detecting Faces in Color Images (in Chinese). Journal of Shandong University, Vol. 37(4), pp. 19-22.
  • F. Chang, Z. Ma, W. Tian. A Region-Based Skin Color Detection Algorithm. Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (PAKDD'07), Vol.4426, pp. 417-424.
  • F. Chang, Z. Ma, Z. Zhang. Real-time Vision Detection and Position of Multi-Line -Segments Objects Used in Robot (in Chinese). Journal of Electronic Measurement and Instrument, Vol. 21(6), pp. 99-103.
  • W. Tian, Y. Qiao, Z. Ma. Off-Line Signature Verification Based on Fuzzy Modeling with the Optimal Number of Rules. Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Multimedia & Expo (ICME) 2007, pp. 1435-1438.

This page was updated on Mar 5, 2010.