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Guobin Wu

Guobin Wu
SENIOR UR MANAGER
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Dr. Guobin Wu is a senior research program manager at Microsoft Research (MSR) Outreach Asia. He is a certified PMP by Project Management Institute. He is responsible for MSR Asia academic research partnerships in below universities and institutes: Chinese Academy of Science (CAS), University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), Nanjing University (NJU), Southeast University (SEU), Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU) and South China University of Technology (SCUT). From 2011 to 2013, he is the lead of research collaboration theme on Kinect for Windows in Asia. From 2013 to 2014, he is the lead of research collaboration theme on Microsoft Azure in China. From 2010 to 2014, he is responsible for talent programs in MSR Asia including Microsoft Student Club in 30 Chinese universities, Pre-PhD program and Joint PhD program. Currently, he mainly focuses on campus outreach programs in Asia. 

joined MSR Asia in September 2010. Prior to working at MSR Asia, Guobin was a technical staff in embedded software filed. Guobin received his Ph.D. in networking broadcasting system at USTC.

Primary Interests

· MSR Asia- USTC Joint Lab (Chinese website)- I was the program manager for this joint lab from 2012. In 2003, MSR Asia and USTC jointly set up “USTC-Microsoft Intelligent Computing Research Center”, to conduct extensive and in-depth cooperation in the field of intelligent computing. In 2004, the center became “Ministry of Education-Microsoft Key Lab for Multimedia Computing and Communication”. Through the two sides’ concerted efforts, the joint lab has made significant progress. Besides, to step up talent cultivation, USTC-Microsoft-Ministry of Education Innovative Talent Cultivation Pilot Area was inaugurated in 2008. It was advocated by the Ministry of Education with the aim of integrating all sides’ advantages to cultivate research talents who closely follow international science and technology frontiers with solid foundation in science and engineering in the new era. In April 2012, USTC-Microsoft National Engineering Practice Education Center was officially incorporated into the Ministry of Education’s Engineering Practice Education Center Program. The two sides will carry out talent cultivation on more levels on this platform.

· Microsoft Student Club (Chinese website)- I was responsible for this program from 2010. Microsoft Student Club is a student community program that promotes advanced technology through education, practice, and innovation. There are currently 32 clubs in China mainland and 1 club in Hong Kong with approximately ten thousand members. Microsoft Student Club membership is open to undergraduate and graduate students studying a wide range of topics at participating universities. MSR Asia provides technology and other support to the program. Every year, we organized Student Summer Camp for around 120 students from the clubs. From 2015, we also organized Microsoft Student Hackathon to cultivate student projects.

· Beauty of Programming Contest (BoP)- I initiated this contest and was the lead of this contest from 2012. The BoP is a Microsoft sponsored, large-scaled programming contest for students. The contest, aiming at broadcasting Beautiful Mind, Beautiful Code and Beautiful World, strives to encourages contestants to use the programming skills to solve practical problems. In 2015, we attracted 22,000+ students to attend the BoP.

· Azure for Research (A4R)- I was the lead of this theme in China from 2013 to 2014. Organized 6 A4R trainings and promoted A4R in 8 key academia events. Furthermore, led China team to win 24 A4R proposals. Besides, I led a lighthouse project "Microsoft Azure helps build a smart campus" which won the only one "Collaborative Award" presented at 2015 MSR Asia Symposium on Collaborative Research.   

· Kinect for Windows- I was the lead of this theme in China from 2011. Organized Kinect for Windows workshop in 2011, Kinect breakout session in Asia Faculty Summit 2012 and Kinect in CCF ADL. Please see collaboration project in the link. I also worked with two technical engineers to publish Kinect for Windows development book in Chinese version. I am the lead of this theme in Asia from 2013. Besides, I led a lighthouse project "Kinect-based sign language translation" from 2012-2014 which won the "2014 Ability Award- Contributing to the future" presented by Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. 

· e-Science- I was the lead of this theme in Asia from 2011 to 2012. Collaborating with CAS and other key universities to identify research collaboration in this field leveraging of Microsoft Technology such as Azure, Windows Phone and Kinect for Windows. I also facilitated CAS to translate “The Forth Paradigm” in Chinese version. In 2012, we worked with CAS to accelerate Azure collaboration plan on e-Science filed in China. We collaborated with CAS to organize 2013 Microsoft eScience workshop and IEEE 2013 e-Science conference in Beijing. Besides, I was the lead of WWT program in China collaborating with Chenzhou Cui from National Astronomical Observation, CAS.

· MSRA Pre-PhD program- I was in charge of the program from 2010 to 2014. To discover, secure, and foster outstanding undergraduate students at the early stage, we build MSR Asia Undergraduate Program collaborating with leading universities in China. The program provides 3rd or 4th year undergraduate students 6-12 months internship opportunities at MSR Asia.

· MSRA Joint PhD program- I was in charge of the program from 2011 to 2014. To discover, secure, and foster outstanding PhD students, especially young research talent, we build MSR Asia Joint PhD Program collaborating with leading universities in China. The program provides PhD students 4-5 years internship opportunities at MSR Asia with world-class research training and supervision. The student t will receive university’s PhD degree after graduation. Through this program, we contribute high-quality PhD to academy and industry. Till 2014, more than 150 young talents from 14 top Chinese universities have benefited from the program since its inception in 2003.

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