School of Computing

Frank Wang

Professor of Future Computing

Photo of Frank Wang, if available
  • Room S102
    School of Computing
    University of Kent,
    CT2 7NF


My publications are available from the University of Kent's Academic Repository.

Professor Wang has a publication record:

  • 75 journal papers [IEEE Transactions on Computers (IF=1.875), Information Sciences (IF=3.095), ACM Operating System Review (IF=1.0), Neural Networks (IF=2.5), IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems (IF=1.97), New Generation Computing (IF=0.97), Journal of Applied Physics [IF=2.5], etc]
  • 68 conference proceeding papers (ACM/IEEE SuperComputing, IEEE Big Data, IEEE Mobile Services, EuroPar, IC, etc)
  • 1 Book and 4 book chapters (Wiley/Elsevier/Cambridge University Press, Springer/Tsinghua University Press, including Encyclopedia of Computer Science And Engineering by Wiley)
  • Research Interests

    I belong to the following research groups:

    My Current Research Interests

    • Big Data
    • Data Storage via memristor
    • Cloud Computing
    • Brain-like Computer
    • Green Computing


    I teach on Cloud Computing (CO846) and Green Computing (CO847) modules at the postgraduate level. I supervise students on CO600 (BSc Project) and CO880 (MSc Project). I am also leading a new MSc course on Future Computing.

    Personal Interests

    I love playing football and tennis.

    PhD supervision

    • PhD candidate: Mian-Guan Lim, Sponsored by EPSRC, 2008-2012
    • PhD candidate: Md Mamunur Rashid, sponsored by EC CERN Doctoral Scholarship, 2007-2011
    • PhD candidate: Unekwu Solomon Idachaba, from NHS, p/t, 2010-2016
    • PhD candidate: Xiao Yang, 2010-2014.
    • MSc Res/PhD candidate: Bin Ye, 2011-2016.
    • PhD candidate: Wanlong Chen, 2011-2015.
    • PhD candidate: Khaled Alanazi, accepted, to be sponsored by The Saudi Arabian government, 2012-2016.>
    • Visiting Scholar: Jiyuan Li (Wuhan University), sponsor: Chinese Governmental Scholarship Council, 2011-2013.
    • PhD candidate: Gbola Akanmu, sponsored by the Nigerian Government, 2012-2016.

    Recent Academic Activities

    • Chairman, 8th International Conference on Next Generation Mobile Apps, Services and Technologies, 10-12 September, 2014, Oxford.
    • Invited talk "Computing Research in UKRI", IEEE Networking Event focused on Research Collaboration with Africa, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 28 October 2014.
    • Keynote Speaker, The CICT First Annual Global Online Conference, 3-5 December 2014, USA
    • Keynote speaker, International Conference on Information Society (i-Society 2014), November 10-12, 2014, London, UK
    • Invited talk "How will computers evolve over the next 10 years?", Prof. Frank Wang, Science and Information (SAI) Conference, London, 27-29 August, 2014.
    • Invited talk, China Academy of Electronics and Information Technology, Beijing, 30th September, 2014
    • Invited talk, Tianjin University, Tianjin, 28th September 2014
    • Invited talk, Tsinghua University, Beijing, 4th July 2014
    • Invited talk, Memristor-based Adaptive Neuromorphic Architecture, Annual World Congress of NeuroTalk, 16-18 July 2014, Nanjin, China.
    • Invited talk, "Is memristor the 4th circuit element?", The Memristor Science & Technology Workshop, Dresden, Germany, 28 March 2014
    • Keynote speech "How will computers evolve over the next 10 years?", UKSim, Cambridge University (Emmanuel College), 26 - 28 March 2014.
    • Keynote speech "How will computers evolve over the next 10 years? A Perspective on Cloud Computing/Green Computing/Future Computing.", the IEEE 4th International Conference on Big Data and Cloud Computing (BDCloud 2014), 3-5 Dec. 2014, Sydney, Australia.

    Professor Frank Zhigang Wang, FBCS, SMIEEE, PhD, MSc, BSc

    Prof. Frank Wang is Head of School, School of Computing (formerly known as Computing Laboratory), University of Kent, UK. In 1987 the Computing Laboratory Extension was formally opened by Her Majesty the Queen. In 1998 the University of Kent becomes the first European university to be recognised as an Authorised Academic Java™ Campus, reflecting the University's position as a 'first-tier' university in Computer Science. Kent was placed 24th out of 159 participating institutions in terms of the 4* (World Leading) research according to the UK Government's 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.

    In 2004, Frank's appointment as Chair & Professor in Grid Computing & e-Science was seen as crucial to the initiative of the CCHPCF (Cambridge-Cranfield High Performance Computing Facility), which is a collaborative research facility in the Universities of Cambridge and Cranfield (with an investment size of 40 million GBPs). As the founding Director, Professor Frank Wang and his colleagues at Centre for Grid Computing have been developing a Grid Computing platform. This platform can universally accelerate Office/Database/Web/Media applications by a factor up to ten. This work won an ACM/IEEE Super Computing Finalist Award in 2007. Positive comments have been received, including "This is a famous follow-on project :-)"--- Professor. Garth Gibson, Father of NAS & NASD, Carnegie Mellon University, "It is certainly first of its kind" -- an EC reviewer, and "This proposed work has all the potentials of keeping the UK research and development - world class." -an EPSRC reviewer. A number of collaborations have been fostered with industrial giants, including IBM, BBC, Microsoft, Xerox, CERN, Rolls Royce, HP and EADS.

    Professor Frank Wang and his colleagues are also pioneering Grid Computing education. In 2005, they launched a new MSc Programme in Grid Computing that is the first in UK and the second in the world. Two of their students have been recruited by Microsoft, and another student, Mr. Christos Melissidis, won the Champion of the Grid Computing Competition organized by British Computer Society (BCS) in 2008.

    Professor Wang's research interest includes Future Computing, Green Computing (via memristor), Grid/Cloud Computing, Biologically-inspired Computing, Quantum Computing/Communication, Data Storage & Data Communication, and Data Mining and Data Warehousing, etc. His publications include a book, 68 journal papers [13 IEEE Transactions such as IEEE Transactions on Computers, 3 ACM publications such as ACM Operating System Review, etc], 53 conference papers, and 4 book chapters (Wiley/Elsevier/Cambridge/Springer, including Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering by Wiley).

    Prof Wang is the Chairman (UK & Republic of Ireland Chapter) of the IEEE Computer Society and Fellow of British Computer Society. He has served the High End Computing Panel for Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and the UK Government EPSRC e-Science Panel. Frank has attracted a number of EC/EPSRC/DTI/Industrial grants, totaling a few million euros. He has been invited to present keynote speeches and other invited talks at Princeton University (USA), Carnegie Mellon University (USA), Oxford University (UK), Edinburgh University (UK), CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research, Geneva), Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (Hong Kong), Tsinghua University (both China and Taiwan), Jawaharlal Nehru University (India), Aristotle University (Greece), Helsinki Technology University (Finland), Turkish Government The Ministry of Industry and Commerce, University of Johannesburg (South Africa), Central Philippine University (Philippine), and Princess Sumaya University for Technology (Jordan), etc. Prof Frank Wang is Co-Editor-in-Chief of Encyclopedia of Grid Computing and Co-Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Grid and High Performance Computing. In 1992 Frank was awarded Japanese Government Scholarship (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) for academic study at Research Institute of Electrical Communication Technology, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan. In 1999 Frank obtained his PhD at University of Plymouth, UK. In 2001 Frank won The Newly Appointed Lecturer Award from The Nuffield Foundation in Science, Engineering and Mathematics. Prof Wang is CTO of SanjiTech Software Co., LTD.

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    Last Updated: 20/10/2020