Song Zhang

Song Zhang

Assistant Head for Experiential Learning, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering

School of Mechanical Engineering
Purdue University
585 Purdue Mall
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2088

Office: ME 2199, FLEX 2081D

Phone: 7654960389



  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Stony Brook University, 2005
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Stony Brook University, 2003
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China, 2000

Research Interests

  • Multiscale superfast 3D optical sensing
  • Biophotonic imaging
  • Optical metrology
  • Machine/computer vision
  • 3D video telepresence
  • 3D video processing
  • Virtual reality
  • Human computer interaction

Awards and Recognitions

  • Stony Brook University’s 40 under Forty Alumni Award (2014)
  • Fellow, SPIE (elected 2014)
  • College of Engineering's Early Career Engineering Faculty Research Award, Iowa State University (2014)
  • Named William and Virginia Binger Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Iowa State University (2012-2014)
  • Top 20 most cited paper during five year period: Applied Optics (2002-2012), Optics and Lasers in Engineering (2009-2014, 2008-2013, 2007-2012, 2006-2011, 2005-2010)
  • AIAA Outstanding Paper Award (2013)
  • Image of the Week Highlights (3 times): OSA Optics InfoBase(2014, 2011); American Journal of Physiology (2012)
  • Journal Cover Features (10 times): Optics Express (2014, 2013, 2010); Optics Letters (2010, 2011); Applied Optics (2014, 2012, 2008, 2006); Optical Engineering (2008)
  • NSF CAREER Award (2012)
  • Best of SIGGRAPH, The Walt Disney (2006)

Selected Publications

B. Li and S. Zhang, "Structured light system calibration method with optimal fringe angle," Appl. Opt., 53(13), 7942-7950, 2014 (cover feature)

W. Lohry and S. Zhang, "High-speed absolute three-dimensional shape measurement using three binary dithered patterns," Opt. Express 22(22), 26752-26762, 2014 (cover feature & Image of the Week)

L. Ekstrand, S. Zhang, T. Grieve, L. S. Chumbley, and J. Kreiser, "Virtual tool mark generation for efficient striation analysis," J. Forensic Sci., 59(4), 950-959, 2014

J. Dai, B. Li, and S. Zhang, "High-quality fringe pattern generation using binary pattern optimization through symmetry and periodicity," Opt. Laser Eng., 52, 195-200, 2014

Y. Wang, J. I. Laughner, I. R. Efimov, and S. Zhang, "3D absolute shape measurement of live rabbit hearts with a superfast two-frequency phase-shifting technique," Opt. Express 21(5), 5822-5832, 2013 (Cover feature) (Selected for May 22, 2013 issue of The Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics)

W. Lohry and S. Zhang, "Genetic method to optimize binary dithering technique for high-quality fringe generation," Opt. Lett. 38(4), 540-542, 2013

J. I. Laughner, S. Zhang, H. Li, C. C. Shao, and I. R. Efimov, "Mapping cardiac surface mechanics with structured light imaging," American Journal of Physiology: Heart and Circular Physiology 303(6), H712-H720, 2012 (Image of the week of October 1, 2012, American Journal of Physiology)

Y. Wang and S. Zhang, "Optimal pulse width modulation for sinusoidal fringe generation with projector defocusing," Opt. Lett., 35(24), 4121-4123, 2010

S. Zhang, D. van der Weide, and J. Oliver "Superfast phase-shifting method for 3-D shape measurement," Opt. Express 18(9), 9684-9689, 2010. (Selected for July 6, 2010 issue of The Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics)

S. Zhang, "Recent progresses on real-time 3-D shape measurement using digital fringe projection techniques," Opt. Laser Eng., 48, 149-158, 2010 (Invited)