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Daokun Zhang received his PhD degree in data science from University of Technology Sydney in November 2019. Dr Zhang is now an Assistant Professor at School of Computer Science, University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC). Prior to that, Dr Zhang worked as a Research Fellow at Department of Data Science and AI, Monash University, from April 2021 to January 2024, and a Postdoctoral Research Associate at The University of Sydney Business School, from June 2019 to April 2021.

Dr Zhang’s research focuses on graph machine learning, specifically on studying problems related to graph representation learning, graph structure learning, node classification, and link prediction, etc. Additionally, Dr Zhang applies graph machine learning techniques to solve real-world problems across different disciplines, including knowledge graph completion and alignment, combinatorial optimization, computational material and drug discovery, particle system simulation, and geographic data forecasting.

Recently, Dr Zhang is interested in exploring the following research topics:

  1. Weakly supervised learning with sparse labels/Meta learning and Few-shot learning
  2. Uncertainty quantification for machine learning predictions
  3. Applying machine learning to solve discrete optimisation problems
  4. Next-generation Graph Neural Networks beyond feature smoothing

Dr Zhang is always open to internal and external research collaborations. If you want to work with Dr Zhang for a Master/PhD program or collaborative research, please feel free to drop an email to

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Technology Sydney

31 Aug 201512 Nov 2019

Award Date: 12 Nov 2019


  • Computer Science and Engineering

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  • Staff


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