Hang Li is the director of Huawei Technologies Noah’s Ark Lab. Prior to joining Huawei, he worked at the Research Laboratories of NEC Corporation and Microsoft Research Asia. He obtained a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Kyoto University in 1988 and a M.S. in Computer Science from Kyoto University in 1990. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Tokyo in 1998. His research areas include statistical machine learning, information retrieval, data mining, and natural language processing.
Baofeng Zhang is the deputy director of Huawei Technologies Noah’s Ark Lab. He joined Huawei at 1998 and leads the IT (Information Technologies) lab in Huawei central research institute since 2009. His managerial experience and expertise covers widely in ICT (information and communications technology) industry.
Professor of Language Science (CORE) & Director, Macquarie University
Dr. Mark Johnson is currently a Professor of Language Science (CORE) in the Department of Computing at Macquarie University. He was awarded a BSc (Hons) in 1979 from the University of Sydney, an MA in 1984 from the University of California, San Diego and a PhD in 1987 from Stanford University. He held a postdoctoral fellowship at MIT from 1987 until 1988, and has been a visiting researcher at the University of Stuttgart, the Xerox Research Centre in Grenoble, CSAIL at MIT and the Natural Language group at Microsoft Research. He has worked on a wide range of topics in computational linguistics, but his main research area is parsing and its applications to text and speech processing. He was President of the Association for Computational Linguistics in 2003, and was a professor from 1989 until 2009 in the Departments of Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences and Computer Science at Brown University.
UIC Distinguished Professor & Wexler Chair, University of Illinois at Chicago
Dr. Philip S. Yu is currently a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago and also holds the Wexler Chair in Information and Technology. He received the B.S. Degree in E.E. from National Taiwan University, the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in E.E. from Stanford University, and the M.B.A. degree from New York University. He was manager of the Software Tools and Techniques group at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center. His research interests include data mining, Internet applications and technologies, database systems, multimedia systems, parallel and distributed processing, and performance modeling. Dr. Yu has published more than 500 papers in refereed journals and conferences. He holds or has applied for more than 300 US patents.
Choh-Ming Li Professor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Dr. John Chi-Shing Lui is currently the Choh-Ming Li Chair Professor in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA. When he was a Ph.D student, he worked as a research intern in the IBM T. J. Watson Research Laboratory. Before joining CUHK, he worked at the IBM Almaden Research Laboratory/San Jose Laboratory and participated in research and development projects on file systems and parallel I/O architectures. Currently, he and his research students and post-docs are working on research problems which span both in systems, networks and theory/mathematics.
Professor & Director, Max Planck Institute
Dr. Bernhard Schölkopf is currently Professor at Max Planck Institute for Intelligent System. He carried out his study of physics, mathematics and philosophy in Tübingen and London, doctorate computer science Technical University Berlin (1997). After graduation, he acted as researcher at German National Research Center for Computer Science, industrial research at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Microsoft Research, and Biowulf Technologies, Director and Scientific Member at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics (2001-2011), Honorary Professor TU Berlin (since 2002).