Biography

I am a technical VP and the Chief Scientist overseeing and leading the R&D in multiple cloud intelligent services, including Smart Cities, Visual Computing, Satellite Remoting Sensing, Vechicle Networking, and Autonomous Driving at Futurewei Technologies.  Prior to joining the Futurewei,  I was a faculty member and the director of MAPLE (MAchine Perception and LEarning) lab at Computer Science Department  in the University of Central Florida, and a Research Staff Member at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center (Yorktown Heights, NY).  Before that, I worked in National University of Singapore and Microsoft Research Asia.  I received my Bachelor (2005) and Ph.D. (2009) degrees in Automation both from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), and another Ph.D. (2013) in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).

My main research interests include pattern recognition, multimedia analysis, and computer vision. In particular, I am interested in developing computational methods and theory for general-purpose AI systems to process and analyze diverse modalities of data (e.g., images, audios, sensors and text) in an open connected environment (e.g., camera, sensor, mobile and social networks) to enable effective situation awareness and reliable decision-making. My research results have been published in many venues, including ACM Multimedia, CVPR, ICCV, ICIP, ICML, NeurIPS, KDD,  IEEE T-PAMI, IEEE T-IP, IEEE T-KDE, and Proceedings of IEEE. 

I am the lead  General Chair for IEEE ICME 2021, and a Program Committee Chair for ACM MM 2020, ACM ICIMCS 2018 and  MMM 2016. I am an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Image Processing (T-IP), IEEE Transactions on Multimedia (T-MM), IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology (T-CSVT), ACM Transactions on Knowledge Discovery from Data (T-KDD), and Elsevier Journals on Pattern Recognition.  I am an elected member of IEEE Image, Video, and Multidimensional Signal Processing (IVMSP), Multimedia  Signal Processing (MMSP), and Visual Signal Processing and Communications (VSPC) Technical Committees. I have served or will serve as Area Chair (Senior Program Committee Member) for  ICIP, ICCV, ICME, ACM Multimedia, KDD, and CIKM, as well as Program Committee Member for CVPR, ICCV, NIPS and ICIP.   In addition, I have co-edited two special issues of "Deep Learning for Multimedia Computing" and "Big Media Data: Understanding, Search and Mining" for IEEE T. Multimedia and IEEE T. Big Data respecitvely. I am also regularly reviewing for IEEE. T. PAMI, IEEE T. Image Processing, Journal of Machine Learning Rsearch and many other academic journals.  I also served as a panelist for NSF,  DoE and Sigapore AI program.

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Last updated 3/3/2020