Zhidong Xiao

Dr Zhidong Xiao

  • 01202 961125
  • zxiao at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Senior Lecturer in Computer Animation
  • Weymouth House W234, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Dr. Xiao is currently a Senior Lecturer and the Programme Leader of BA(Hons) Computer Visualisation and Animation programme at National Centre for Computer Animation, Faculty of Media and Communication. Dr. Xiao's research focuses are in the areas of Motion Capture, Human-like Character Animation, Crowd Simulation, Image Processing, Biomechanics and Robotics. Dr. Xiao has supervised six PhD students and two of them have successfully completed their research degrees. Working as principal investigator, Dr. Xiao has developed various enterprise activities. Dr. Xiao had successfully secured and completed a few commercial projects of 3D animation production and motion capture services for companies from China and in the UK. Working as co-investigator, Dr. Xiao has helped the team to secure and complete various research council funded projects.

Journal Articles

  • Gouvatsos, A. and Xiao, Z., 2018. Digital Media in 3D Animation Pre-Production. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media.
  • Gouvatsos, A., Xiao, Z., Marsden, N. and Zhang, J., 2017. Posing 3D Models from Drawing. ACM Computers in Entertainment (CIE) - Theoretical and Practical Computer Application in Entertainment, 15 (2).
  • Liu, S., Yang, X., Wang, Z., Xiao, Z. and Zhang, J., 2016. Real-time facial expression transfer with single video camera. Computer Animation and Virtual Worlds, 27 (3-4), 301-310.
  • Zhang, M., Ge, X., Huo, J., Xiao, Z., You, L. and Zhang, J., 2016. Facial expression cloning optimization method based Laplace operator. Computer Engineering and Application, 52 (6), 178-181.
  • Tang, Z., Xiao, J., Feng, Y. and Xiao, Z., 2015. Sketch-based Human Motion Retrieval via Selected 2D Geometric Posture Descriptor. Signal Processing, 113, 1-8.
  • Zhang, M., Ge, X., Liu, S., Xiao, Z., You, L. and Zhang, J.J., 2014. Fast individual Facial Animation Framework Based on Motion Capture Data. Journal of Donghua University, 31 (3), 256-261.
  • Gingrich, O., Renaud, A., Emets, E. and Xiao, Z., 2014. Transmission: A Telepresence Interface for Neural and Kinetic Interaction. Leonardo, MIT Press Journals,, 47 (4), 375-385.
  • Xiao, Z., Nait-Cherif, H. and Zhang, J.J., 2009. Incomplete motion data reconstruction for character animation. Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference Computer Graphics, Visualization, Computer Vision and Image Processing 2009, CGVCVIP 2009. Part of the IADIS MCCSIS 2009, 89-98.
  • Xiao, Z., Nait-Charif, H. and Zhang, J.J., 2009. Real time automatic skeleton and motion estimation for character animation. Computer Animation and Virtual Worlds, 20, 523-531.
  • Xiao, Z., Yang, X. and Zhang, J.J., 2005. Motion data correction and extrapolation using physical constraints. Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Visualisation, 2005, 571-576.



  • Matko, T., Chang, J. and Xiao, Z., 2017. Recent Progress of Computational Fluid Dynamics Modeling of Animal and Human Swimming for Computer Animation. In: The 11th International conference on E-learning and Games 22-28 November 2017 United Kingdom.
  • Weaver, T. and Xiao, Z., 2016. Fluid simulation by the smoothed particle hydrodynamics method: A survey. 215-225.
  • Gouvatsos, A., Xiao, Z., Marsden, N. and Zhang, J., 2014. Automatic 3D posing from 2D hand-drawn sketches. In: The 22nd Pacific Conference on Computer Graphics and Application (Pacific Graphics 2014) 8-10 October 2014 Seoul.
  • Gingrich, O., Renaud, A., Emets, E. and Xiao, Z., 2014. Transmission: A Telepresence Interface for Neural and Kinetic Interaction. In: SIGGRAPH 2014 10-14 August 2014 Vancouver. 390-401.


PhD Students

  • Simone Barbieri. Character Posing by Sketch-based Interaction
  • Tom Matko. Fluid Simulation
  • Alexandros Gouvatsos. Image analysis and intelligent linkage to 3D systems
  • Oliver Gingrich. Immersion and Interactivity in Telepresence
  • David Greer. Lifelike character control in commercial physics engines

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Personal Inquiry
  • Computer Generated Imagery Tool
  • Fundamentals of Computer Graphics
  • Personal Inquiry
  • Computer Animation and Effects Common

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Effects Production Tool
  • Advanced VFX Techniques
  • Visual Effects and Compositing Techniques
  • Major Project and Report
  • MasterClasses
  • Computer Animation & Visualisation Specialist Tools
  • Computer Animation Arts Specialist Production
  • Computer Animaiton Production and Practice
  • Computer Animation Production 1 CGI Fundamental Practice

Invited Lectures

  • Computer Animation and Visual Effects, British Council Beijing, 23 Oct 2015 more
  • Computer Animation Education at NCCA, Wuhan University of Technology, 17 May 2017 more
  • Data Visualisation, Communication University of China, 21 Oct 2015 more
  • Visual Effect Techniques in Computer Animation, Wuhan Business University, 15 May 2017 more


  • Understanding visual strategies for Neuro-feedback analysis (Bournemouth University Fusion Investment Fund and Centre of Digital Entertainment research Fund, 01 Aug 2014). Completed
  • Rehabilitation Enhancement by Image Guided medical intervention and Motion Capture (Bournemouth University Fusion Investment Fund, 01 Aug 2013). Completed
  • Cross-Channel Film Lab (Interreg, 01 Mar 2012). In Progress
  • Digital Beijing Opera Project (Beijing New Media College, 10 Apr 2010). Completed
  • Behavioural Fidelity of Visual Humans and Applications to Social Pstchology of Street Violence (EPSRC, 01 Aug 2008). Completed

External Responsibilities

  • EPSRC, Peer Review (2016-)
  • Faculty of Media and Communication, Study Abroad Coordinator

Internal Responsibilities

  • Co-I China Innovation Hub (CIH), China Global Regional Group
  • Academic Adviser, CAAG Group
  • Global Engagement Lead, Global Engagement
  • PGR supervisor, PRG Research Committee
  • Developing Coach, BU Internal Coaching Bank
  • Co-ordinator, Study Abroad
  • Internal Developing Coach, Organisational and Staff Development
  • Programme Leader - BA(Hons) Computer Visualisation and Animation, Computer Animation Academic Group

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • How to Build Your Portfolio
  • Visiting Professor to Wuhan Business University
  • UG Open day Programme support
  • UG Open day
  • The 14th European Conference on Visual Media Production
  • GFOL 2017: Disruption in the Digital Age: Rethinking Big Data
  • Festival of Learning 2017
  • Festival of Learning 2013, 2014
  • Accessmocap Studio Producer
  • 13th China International Cartoon and Animation Festival in Hangzhou, China

Consultancy Activities

  • Children of Null, Motion capture services for computer animation. John Butler

Attended Training

  • Enhancing Practice & Developing the Self: The BU Certificate in Programme Leadership, 15 Aug 2017, PG Cert
  • Preparing impact case studies for REF2011 - Vertigo Venture Training Session, 03 Jul 2017
  • Doctoral Supervision: Established Supervisors Workshop, 02 Jun 2016
  • Teach@BU: Introductory Session, 26 Jan 2015
  • Teach@BU: Applying for HEA Fellowship, 17 May 2016
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP): A Taster, 28 Apr 2015
  • The coach as reflective practitioner, 06 Jun 2016
  • UKRO Workshop, 14 Oct 2015
  • MSCA Workshop, 24 May 2016


  • PGCE in Research Degree Supervision (Bournemouth University, 2011)
  • PGCE in Education Practice (Bournemouth University, 2010)
  • BEng (Hons) in Thermodynamics (Taiyuan University of Technology, China, 1994)
  • PhD in Computer Graphics (Bournemouth University, 2010)


  • ACM SIGGRAPH, Member (2012-),
  • BU Coaching Community, Member (2014-),
  • Centre for Digital Entertainment, PRG Supervisor (2010-),
  • Computer Graphics and Visualisation Research Group, Member,
  • Higher Education Academy, Fellow (2011-),
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