Dr. Zheng Xie

Lecturer in Electronic & Robotics Engineering

School of Engineering

Computing and Technology Building, CM126

+44 (0) 1772 89 3226

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

My recent undergraduate teaching interests include:

  • System on Programmable Chip
  • Integrated Circuit Design
  • Software Development
  • Digital Systems
  • Electronic System Applications
  • Robotics and Autonomous Systems
  • Mathematics and Modelling
  • Analogue and Digital Electronics
  • Signal Processing Systems

Research Activities

My research is in the overlap between Electronic Engineering and Computer Science.  My Ph.D. was carried out in the ‘Advanced Processor Technology’ group headed by Prof. Steve Furber within the School of Computer Science at Manchester University.  My Ph.D. thesis was concerned with the Monte Carlo simulation of large complex integrated circuits using the computational resources provided by parallel and distributed computing. The use of statistical simulation techniques for dealing with the ‘atomistic’ variability of nano-scale technology was at the heart of this project.  My main contribution was in reducing the computational complexity of the analyses through the use of statistical techniques such as ‘extreme value theory’ and ‘quasi-Monte-Carlo’ techniques.

I spent a year working as a fixed term Post-Doctoral Research Associate at Manchester Metropolitan University, working on a BBSRC project concerned with pattern recognition, machine learning, statistics and high performance computing. I designed a fine-grained parallel algorithm with MPI library for adapting data-intensive bioinformatics workflows to a distributed system (cluster) and the Cloud. My research adapted the concept of a ‘Petri Net’ to model ‘concurrency’ and ‘cost’ for automatically optimising the use of intermediate data storage and thus making more efficient use of Cloud resources.

I am currently working on efficient parallel computing, big data related issues and the use of web-based mobile digital signal processing (DSP) for biomedical applications.  I am working with Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI) on a project concerned with monitoring the voice characteristics of patients suffering from ‘spasmodic disphonia’. I am also working on the analysis of voice characteristics over mobile devices.

I was the ‘Local Chair’ for an international conference in Manchester (IEEE EMS2013, UKSim-AMSS, 7th European Modelling Symposium on Mathematical Modelling and Computer Simulation), and acted as guest editor for a scientific journal: the ‘International Journal of Simulation: Systems, Science and Technology’. I am the Local Chair for IEEE EMS2017 in Manchester.

  • Ph.D.  in Computer Science, University of Manchester
  • M.Sc. in Electronic Circuits and Systems, Beijing Institute of Technology
  • B.Eng. in Electronic & Electrical Engineering, Shanghai Tongji University
  • FHEA  Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy
  • MIEEE 


Zheng Xie, Chaitanya Gadepalli, Farideh Jalalinajafabadi, Barry M.G. Cheetham, Jarrod J. Homer, “Measurement of Rater Consistency and its Application in Voice Quality Assessments,” 10th International Congress on Image and Signal Processing, BioMedical Engineering and Informatics, Shanghai, China, October 2017.

Zheng Xie, C. Gadepalli, B.M.G. Cheetham, “Reformulation and Generalisation of the Fleiss Kappa,” 22nd International Conference on Healthcare & Life-Science Research (ICHLSR), London, UK, September 2017.

Zheng Xie, D.A.Edwards, “Computational Performance Optimisation for Statistical Analysis of the Effect of Nano-CMOS Variability on Integrated Circuits,” Journal of VLSI Design, vol.2013, Article ID 984376, 22 pages, 2013. Doi:10.1155/2013/984376.

Zheng Xie, Doug Edwards, “Statistical Analysis Model of Nano-CMOS Variability with Intra-die Correlation Due to Proximity,” the Proceedings of 8th EUROSIM Congress on Modelling and Simulation, pp.628-632, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom, 10-13 September 2013. ISBN 978-0-7695-5073-2.


Publications continued

Zheng Xie, Liangxiu Han, Richard Baldock, “Augmented Petri Net Cost Model for Optimisation of Large Bioinformatics Workflows Using Cloud,” the Proceedings of IEEE 7th European Modelling Symposium on Mathematical Modelling and Computer Simulation, pp. 191-195, Manchester, UK, 20-23 Nov 2013. ISBN 978-1-4799-2577-3.

Zheng Xie, Liangxiu Han, Richard Baldock, “Enhancing Parallelism of Data-Intensive Bioinformatics Applications,” Proc. IEEE 8th EUROSIM Congress on Modelling and Simulation, pp.519-524, Cardiff, Wales, UK, 10-13 September 2013. ISBN 978-0-7695-5073-2.

Liangxiu Han, Zheng Xie, Richard Baldock, “Automatic Data Reuse for Accelerating Data Intensive Applications in the Cloud,” Proc.8th International Conference for Internet Technology and Secured Transactions (ICITST-2013), London, UK, 9-12 Dec 2013.

Zheng Xie, "Computation Reduction for Statistical Analysis of the Effect of Nano-CMOS Variability on Integrated Circuits," PhD thesis, the University of Manchester, 2012.

Zheng Xie and Doug Edwards, “Computation Reduction for Statistical Analysis of the Effect of nano-CMOS Variability on Asynchronous Circuits”, the Proceedings of the 13th IEEE International Symposium on Design and Diagnostics of Electronic Circuits and Systems (DDECS), pp.161-166, April 14-16, 2010, Vienna, Austria. ISBN 978-1-4244-6610-8.

Zheng Xie, Doug Edwards, “Faster Statistical Analysis of the Effect of Nano-CMOS Variability on Asynchronous Circuits”, Proceedings of 21st UK Asynchronous Forum, Bristol, UK, September 2009.