Dr. Yu Zheng
Dr. Yu Zheng is a senior research manager in Urban Computing Group at Microsoft Research, passionate about using big data to tackle urban challenges. His research interests include big data analytics, spatio-temporal data mining, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.
Zheng currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology and a member of Editorial Advisory Board of IEEE Spectrum. He is also an Editorial Board Member of GeoInformatica and IEEE Transactions on Big Data, and the founding Secretary of SIGKDD China Chapter. He has served as chair on over 10 prestigious international conferences, e.g. as the program co-chair of ICDE 2014 (Industrial Track) and CIKM 2017 (Industrial Track), and as senior PCs or PCs on KDD, IJCAI, AAAI, UbiComp, SDM, ICDM, and ACM SIGSPATIAL. Zheng is an ACM Distinguished Scientist, a Distinguished Member and Distinguished Speaker of China Computer Federation (CCF).
Zheng publishes referred papers frequently as a leading author at prestigious conferences and journals, such as KDD, VLDB, UbiComp, and IEEE TKDE. Those papers have been cited over 12,000 times in recent five years (Google Scholar H-Index: 53). He received five best paper awards from ICDE’13 and ACM SIGSPATIAL’10, etc. He has been invited to give over 10 keynote speeches at international conferences and forums (e.g. RE 2016 and APEC 2014 Smart City Forum) and guest lectures in universities like MIT, CMU, and Cornell. His book, titled “Computing with Spatial Trajectories”, has been used as a text book in universities worldwide and honored as the Top 10 Most Popular Computer Science Book authored by Chinese at Springer.
Zheng has received 3 technical transfer awards from Microsoft and 24 granted/filed patents. His technology has been transferred to Microsoft Products like Bing Maps. One of his projects, entitled Urban Air, has been deployed with the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection, predicting air quality for over 300 Chinese cities based on big data. He also leads a China pilot project on urban big data platform, which has been deployed in Guiyang City.
Zheng has been featured multiple times by influential journals. In 2013, he was named one of the Top Innovators under 35 by MIT Technology Review (TR35) and featured by Time Magazine for his research on urban computing. In 2014, he was named one of the Top 40 Business Elites under 40 in China by Fortune Magazine, because of the business impact of urban computing he has been advocating since 2008.
Zheng is also a Chair Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, an Adjunct Professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Urban Computing: Enabling Intelligent Cities with AI and Big Data