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Wenli Zhang

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Information Systems and Business Analytics

Office: 3332 Gerdin Business Building
Phone number: (515) 294-2469


Wenli's research interests revolve around the areas of Data Science and Information System Design, especially in developing techniques based on Machine Learning (ML), Natural Language Processing (NLP), Network Analysis, and Distributed Computing for solving real-world problems within the context of healthcare and other business concerns. Her current research focus is on developing innovative information technologies to lower healthcare costs, improve healthcare process, and improve chronic disease control.

Academic History

  • PhD, Management Information Systems, University of Arizona, 2018


  • Machine Learning
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Data Mining
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Network Analysis
  • Healthcare Analytics


Best Dissertation Proposal Award, Workshop on Information Technologies and Systems (WITS) 2017
Meritorious Mention, Association for Information Systems (AIS) - SIG Health 2016
Best Paper Award, the 6th Chinese Academy of Management Annual Meeting (CAMAM) 2011

Selected Publications

  • Wenli Zhang, Sudha Ram (2020) "A Comprehensive Analysis of Triggers and Risk Factors for Asthma Based on Machine Learning and Large Heterogeneous Data Sources", Management Information Systems Quarterly, 44 (1b):305-349. Link to Paper
  • Ram, S., Zhang, W., Williams, M., Pengetnze, Y. (2015) "Predicting Asthma-Related Emergency Department Visits Using Big Data", IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, 19 (4):1216-1223. Link to Paper