Jian Chang

Professor Jian Chang

  • Professor
  • Tolpuddle House TA121, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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I am a Professor and an active scientist in computer animation with over 15 years’ research experience in a world leading centre, the NCCA, the UK No.1 educational and research base for computer animation. My research has focused on physics based modelling (deformation & fluid), motion synthesis, virtual reality (surgery simulation), and novel HCI (eye tracking, gesture control and haptic). I am keen to exploit the usage of novel computer animation techniques for cross-disciplinary research and applications, which has led to international research collaboration and joint funding bids. My research has been funded by various funding sources, including the Royal Society, EU FP7, InterReg VA France (Channel) England, and HEIF. I have taken project management and supervision roles in a number of prestigious EU funded research project, including FP7 MC-IIF project “AniM” – 623883 (PI) on smart data management for computer animation and FP7 MC-IRSES project “AniNex” – 612627 (chief scientist) on next generation animation technologies putting together efforts of 5 leading international research institutions...



My research has focused on physics based modelling (deformation & fluid), motion synthesis, virtual reality (surgery simulation), and novel HCI (eye tracking, gesture control and haptic).


Journal Articles



  • Lyu, Y., Zhang, J., Sarafopoulos, A., Chang, J., Guo, S. and Zhang, J.J., 2020. Integral-Based Material Point Method and Peridynamics Model for Animating Elastoplastic Material. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics). 91-108.
  • Gavrilova, M.L., Thalmann, N.M., Chang, J., Hitzer, E. and Ishikawa, H., 2019. Preface. v-vi.
  • Chang, J., Zhang, J.J., Thalmann, N.M., Hu, S.M., Tong, R. and Wang, W., 2017. Preface.
  • Matko, T., Chang, J. and Xiao, Z., 2017. Recent progress of computational fluid dynamics modeling of animal and human swimming for computer animation. 3-17.
  • Chang, J., Pan, J. and Zhang, J.J., 2009. Modelling Rod-like Flexible Biological Tissues for Medical Training. Modelling the physiological human : second 3D physiological human workshop, 3DPH 2009, Zermatt, Switzerland, November 29 - December 2, 2009, proceedings. Berlin: Springer.



Profile of Teaching PG

  • Simulation and Rendering
  • Computer Generated Imagery Techniques

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Innovation
  • Simulation Techniques for Animation
  • Major Project
  • Effects for Production Tool
  • Computer Animation Specialist Production


  • AniStyle: Artistic Animation Rendering with Stylization - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (European Commission, 02 Feb 2018). Awarded
  • Visitor experience Innovation through Systematic Text Analytics and Augmented Reality (VISTA AR) (INTERREG VA France (Channel) England Programme, 01 Feb 2017). Awarded
  • Incubation of Autonomous Ground Vehicles (AGVs) in Lifeboat Launching – Using Computer Animation to Catalyse Innovation (Bournemouth University and Royal National Lifeboat Institution, 01 Jan 2017). Awarded
  • Virtual Prototyping of New Lifeboat Launching (HEIF 5+1, 01 Oct 2015). Completed
  • Enhanced Computer Animation by Fusing Computer Graphics Technology with Smart Data Management (EU FP7 Marie Curie, 01 Oct 2014). Completed
  • AniNex (EU-FP7-IRSES, 01 Jan 2014). Awarded
  • Dr Inventor - Promoting Scientific Creativity by Utilising Web-based Research Objects (European Commission, 01 Jan 2014). Awarded
  • The International Travel Grant (TG091783) (The Royal Society, 01 Nov 2009). Awarded


  • PhD in Computer Graphics (Bournemouth University, 2007)
  • MSc in Solid Mechanics (Chongqing University, China, 2001)
  • BSc (Hons) in Engineering Mechanics (Chongqing University, China, 1999)
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