Dr. Kien A. Hua received a B.S. degree in Engineering Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in 1982, where he wasranked in the top one percent of his graduating class. In the summer of 1983, he designed and implemented for International Business Machine (IBM) Corporation a logic synthesis system for VLSI circuits. As a result of this work, the company granted him a $75,000 monetary award to support Ph.D. research on the topic of his choice. Upon returning to the University of Illinois, he completed the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1984 and 1987, respectively.
Facing the severe downturn in the mainframe business, the Exploratory Systems Group at IBM hired Dr. Hua in 1987 to conceptualize and to design a future-generation mainframe computer. His design later became a series of IBM products. When the product was announced in 1991, it was called InPAC (Integrated Parallel Accelerator). This was a precursor to the series of products known as SPx (e.g., SP1, SP2, etc.) which are the most successful commercial MPP (Massively parallel processor) product line on the market. While with IBM. Dr. Hua was also involved in designing high-performance processors. His work led to an important patent for IBM and earned him a Best Paper Award from 1990 IEEE International Conference on Computer Design. Besides conducting several successful research and development projects at IBM, Dr. Hua organized, and served as the Program Chair, the IBM Internal Symposium on Cache Design for Mainframe Computer Systems held in Kingston, New York, in 1988. In the same year, he was selected to the IBM Executive Resource Program.
In 1990, Dr. Hua was recruited by the Univeristy of Central Florida (UCF) to head-up its database program. Last year, he was appointed the first Director of a newly created Database Systems Laboratory. Ten graduate students, mostly Ph.D. candidates, are currently working in this laboratory under his supervision. Their work primarily focuses on multimedia servers, parallel database systems, and object-oriented databases. This group is currently prototyping a parallel database management system on a 64-processor nCUBE/2 computer. They are also designing a large-scale video-on-demand server using a technology they developed called HOPE. These students, with Dr. Hua, have authored more than 30 refereed articles. Among them was a paper submitted to the International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Information Systems which was selected as one of the four best papers and appeared in a special issue (July 1993) of VLDB Journal.
Besides being a highly productive researcher, Dr. Hua is very active nationally as a reviewer, referee and consultant. He served in the program committee of the ACM SIGMOD 1995 International Conference on Management of Data. He is currently serving in the programming committee of the IEEE 1996 International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Information Systems. He is also involved in the planning for the 1998 IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering. Dr Hua is also an excellent speaker and instructor. He received, by an audience vote, the Best Presenter Award at the 1990 IEEE International Conference on Computer Design. These skills carry over into instruction in classrooms. In 1993, he was selected for a Teaching Incentive Award at UCF.