Dr. Jian Chang
BSc; MSc; PhD
National Centre for Computer Animation
The Media School
Poole, BH12 5BB
+44 (0)1202 961881
Dr. Chang is a lecturer at the National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA), Bournemouth University and a member of the Computer Animation Research Centre. He received his PhD degree in computer graphics at the NCCA,
Bournemouth University in 2007. The NCCA has been well known for over twenty years of sustained excellence and pioneering development in the emerging computer animation industry and has been ranked the number one institution for the provision of computer animation education in the UK.
Chang’s research has focused on a number of topics relating to deformation and physically-based animation, geometric modelling, algorithmic art, character rigging and skinning. He has been specialised in modelling the deformation of various objects, such as the highly challenging task of describing the non-linear plastic deformation in car crash. One of his main achievements in this area is to develop the mesh-free computation technique for graphical applications where only surface points are distributed to estimate the deformation, which is advantageous over traditional methods where volumetric discretization is necessary. He has conducted research in applications relating to medical simulation and virtual surgery, involving complex modelling work of human anatomic structures. His research has also investigated the preservation of relief artworks by introducing the digital modelling techniques for relief generation which is jointly done with one of his graduated PhD students. He has supervised the research work of human motion synthesis with respect to different character setting and changing environment as well.
Chang has produced 30 peer reviewed publications that include international journal articles, conference papers, and book chapters (among them, 12 are included in SCI and SCI-E). He recently has secured several research grants, including one from the Royal Society and the other from the Higher Education Innovation Fund. He is now taking in charge of coordinating a joint EU funding proposal of international research staff exchange scheme among six institutions of China and Europe.
Chang has been one of the main contributors to the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008 and his research outputs which have helped secure the best RAE rating in the University. His outstanding work has been partly contributed to the big success of the NCCA of winning the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2012, the most prestigious recognition for the academic institutions in the UK.
Chang has been invited to join the International Programme Committees for a number of international conferences and he has been the reviewer for a number of journals.