Professor Frank Zhigang Wang

Professor in Future Computing
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Professor Frank Zhigang Wang


Five years after earning his PhD, Frank achieved a promotion to a full professorship at the Cambridge Cranfield High Performance Computing Facility in 2004. In 2010, he assumed the role of Head of the School of Computing at the University of Kent.

To date, Frank has successfully secured research grants totaling £5 million from the EC/UK/industries. He has also chaired or co-chaired more than 10 international conferences, such as the ACM Conference on Information and Education Innovations (Manchester, 2023), International Conference on Computing Informatics and Networks (Delhi, 2022), International Collegiate Competition for Brain-Inspired Computing (Beijing, 2018), International Conference on Frontiers and Advances in Analytics and Data Science (Xi’an, 2017), 8th International Conference on Next Generation Mobile Apps, Services, and Technologies (Oxford, 2014), International Conference on Cloud and Service Computing (Shanghai, 2012), 11th IEEE International Conference on Computational Science and Engineering (São Paulo, 2008), IEEE Conference on Networking, Architecture, and Storage (Guilin, 2007), and IEEE Conference on Scalable Information Systems (Hong Kong, 2006).

Frank has served as a panel member for the UK government EPSRC "ICT," "e-Science," and "Hardware for Efficient Computing" programs. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society (BCS) and currently holds the position of Region 8 Area 2 Coordinator for the IEEE Computer Society, overseeing more than 10 Western European countries, including the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Iceland, Denmark, Austria, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Belgium, Spain, and Portugal. Until 2023, he served as the Chairman of the UK and Ireland Chapter, IEEE Computer Society.

Research interests

Frank belongs to the following research groups:

Current Research Interests

  • Quantum Computing
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Brain-like Computer
  • New Electronics & Memristor
  • Cloud Computing & Big Data
  • Deep Learning
  • Neuromorphic Computing
  • Post-Quantum Cryptography
  • Data Science
  • Green Computing


  • MSc System Architecture
  • MSc Security for Networking
  • MSc Project
  • BSc Security for Networking
  • BSc e-Commerce
  • BSc Project
  • BSc Year-in-Computing Project


PhD Scholarships & Applications

The School of Computing offers PhD Scholarships. If you are interested in applying for a PhD Scholarship with me, please email Frank. Frank can supervise PhD studies in the following fields:


Recent Academic Activities

  • Finalist Award, ACM/IEEE Super Computing, Storage Challenge, Nevada, USA, 2007.
  • Sat on EPSRC e-Science, Hardware for Efficient Computing, ICT Panels
  • Regular reviewers of EPSRC proposals on quantum computing, AI and neuromorphic computing
  • Invited talks:
    • “Quantum Computing Using Single Spins” at Hik Vision, Hangzhou, China, 21st August 2023
    • “Near-Landauer-Bound Quantum Computing” at Beijing Academy of Quantum Information Sciences, Beijing, China, 18th May 2023
    • IBM Hursley Lab, invited by Dr. Paul Fairbairn, IBM UK Laboratories, 7 December, 2007
    • Oxford University, Computer Lab, invited by Dr. Andrew Simpson, 11 October, 2007
    • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, 27 July, 2007
    • National Tsinghua University, Taiwan, 29 July, 2007
    • EADS, Wales, 12 July 2007, hosted by Dr. Paddy Francis, CTO
    • Carnegie Mellon University, hosted by Prof Garth Gibson, Director, Parallel Data Lab, 17 May 2007, Pittsburgh, USA
    • CERN, 11 May 2007, Geneva, Switzerland
    • Xerox, 15 May 2007, Webster, NY, USA, hosted by Dr. Sophie Vandebroek, President of Xerox Technology Innovation Centre
    • BBC, 29 March 2007, hosted by Dr Richard Wright, BBC Future Media & Technology, Surrey
    • Rolls Royce, 23 March 2007, hosted by Prof Ric Parker, Director of RR Research & Technology, Derby
    • Princeton University, Department of Computer Science, Hosted by Prof. Kai Li, 15 January 2007
    • Cambridge University, Computer Laboratory, 25 January 2007, hosted by Prof Jon Crowcroft
  • Supervision of 15 PhD students (14 completed, including 4 sponsored by foreign governments)
  • Supervision of 7 visiting scholars sponsored by foreign governments
  • Supervision of 7 research fellows sponsored by EPSRC/EC/etc
  • The Best Teacher Award nominated by the Kent Student Union in 2016 & 2022
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