External PhD candidate

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e-mail: z.gao@utwente.nlgaozhijun@pku.edu.cn

Dutch profile


  • Technical communication
  • Computer-aided translation
  • Software localization


Zhijun Gao’s PhD research focuses on localization, translation, and technical communication in a Chinese context. The research project includes six specific studies: (1) a literature study into the relationship between localization, technical translation, and technical communication, (2) a survey investigating current practices and problems of technical communicators and translators in China, (3) development and testing of a controlled language system, (4) a study into the usability of documents written using controlled language, (5) development and testing of specific controlled language systems for different companies, (6) a study into the contribution of controlled language to the reduction of writing and translation costs, in three conditions: normal translation, computer-aided translation and machine translation.

Apart from that, Zhijun Gao conducts research into technical translation tools, and the characteristics and use of instant messaging apps.


  • Promotor: Prof.dr. M.D.T. de Jong
  • Co-promotor: Prof. J. Yu (Peking University)

Positions & Memberships

  • Lecturer, School of Software and Microelectronics, Peking University, Beijing, China
  • Member of the Localization Service Committee of the Translators Association of China

Review activities

  • Member of the Editorial Review Board of Technical Communication

International experience

Visiting scholar at University of Twente, January 2013

Academic publications

Gao, Z. (2013). 计算机辅助翻译工具测评框架初探 [An initial exploration of the evaluation framework for computer-aided translation tools]. Chinese Translators Journal, 2013(5), 70–76.

Professional publications

Gao, Z., Yu, J., & De Jong, M. (2013). Technical communication in China: A world to be won. Intercom, 60(1), 11–13.


Translation technology overview. October 2012. Hohai University, Nanjing, China
The usage of computer-aided translation tools. March 2012. Beijing Jiaotong University