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Yi-Min Wang's Curriculum Vitae (Products)


Managing Director

Microsoft Research Technologies


Last Updated: October 15,2014

Internet technology leader seeking executive position in cloud computing and online service businesses


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois
Jan. 1990 – Aug. 1993
Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois
Aug. 1988 – Jan. 1990
M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering

National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
Aug. 1982 – May. 1986
B.S. in Electrical Engineering

Work Experience

Managing Director, Microsoft Research Technologies
January 2014 – Present

Managing Co-Director, Microsoft Research, Redmond, WA
November 2012 – January 2014

  • Management of basic research, applied research, mission-focused research, and disruptive technologies

Gaia Program Director—Skunkworks Projects, Microsoft Research, Redmond, WA
March 2012 – January 2014

  • MinuteSort World Record, May 2012
    • Flat Datacenter Storage (FDS) technology broke both the Daytona and Indy records
  • Guinness World Records, May 2013
    • “Fastest time to type a text message (SMS) on a touch-screen mobile phone”—20.53 seconds (broke the existing record)
    • “Fastest time to type a text message (SMS) on a touch screen mobile phone while blindfolded”—25.90 seconds (set a new record)

Deputy Managing Director, Microsoft Research, Redmond, WA
August 2011 – November 2012

  • As one of the three members of the new Office of Directors (OOD) which manages the 300+ researchers and engineers in the world’s best Computer Science industrial research lab

Director, Internet Services Research Center (ISRC), Microsoft, Redmond, WA
July 2009 – July 2011

  • Bing Search Quality
    • Serving as Director of Search Quality for Microsoft’s US$5-billion Bing Search business, leading the design and implementation of a division-wide, customer feedback-driven search quality process
    • Led ISRC search quality team to develop and deploy an end-to-end system for collecting, diagnosing, dispatching, and triaging tens of millions of customer feedback reports
    • ISRC’s search quality work is widely recognized as one of the most critical factors contributing to Bing’s significant search quality improvement over the past two years
  • Web-Scale Language Model
    • Led ISRC language model team to develop Microsoft Web-Scale N-gram – statistical analysis of tens of billions of web documents and queries
    • Released Web-Scale N-gram Services, sustaining a load of 4 billion queries per day
    • Also deployed in Bing Search production as a foundation for web-scale document and query understanding
  • Structured-Data Answers
    • Led ISRC structured data team to develop and ship structured-data answers on Bing based on Wolfram|Alpha and other data sources – a tens-of-million-US-dollar effort with rapid growth

Director, Search Quality & Cyber-Intelligence Lab (SQ-CIL), ISRC, Microsoft, Redmond, WA
July 2007 – June 2009

  • Web-Scale Dynamic Crawling
    • Invented Dynamic Crawler – using browser engine to crawl dynamic web pages so that crawlers truly see exactly what users see
    • Led ISRC advanced development team to develop Web-Scale Dynamic Crawler (with Server-Side Internet Explorer) – now running in Bing production crawling tens of millions of URLs per day for advanced document analysis

Manager, Cybersecurity and Systems Management Research Group, Microsoft, Redmond, WA
May 2005 – July 2007

  • Web-Scale Search Spam Detection
  • Web-Scale Malicious Website Detection
    • Invented Strider HoneyMonkey - using Virtual Machine (VM) networks to detect malicious websites that exploit unknown vulnerabilities
    • Became an industry-wide de facto standard for both the security industry and the search engine industry
  • Spyware and Rootkit Detection
    • Invented Strider Gatekeeper spyware management and Strider GhostBuster rootkit detection technologies
    • Jumpstarted Microsoft’s anti-spyware and anti-rootkit product efforts

Manager, Systems Management Research Group, Microsoft, Redmond, WA
March 2004 – May 2005

  • Flight Data Recorder (FDR) – shipped in Microsoft Windows
    • Highly efficient and highly compressed always-on tracing of persistent-state accesses for configuration monitoring
  • Patch Impact Analyzer – shipped as part of Windows Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT)
    • Intersecting always-on persistent-state access trace with patch manifest to predict potential stability impact due to patch installation
  • Strider Security Tracer shipped as part of Windows Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT)
    • A black-box tracing technique that identifies the causes for application dependencies on Admin privileges

Senior Researcher, Systems and Networking Research Group, Microsoft, Redmond, WA
Sep. 2003 – March 2004

Researcher, Systems and Networking Research Group, Microsoft, Redmond, WA
Jan. 1998 – Aug. 2003

Principal Technical Staff Member, Distributed Systems Group, AT&T Labs, Florham Park, NJ
Jan. 1996 – Jan. 1998

Member of Technical Staff, Reliable Distributed Systems Group, AT&T Bell Labs, Murray Hill, NJ
Aug. 1993 – Jan. 1996

Research Assistant, Fault-Tolerant Computing Group, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
Jan. 1990 -- Aug. 1993

Research Assistant, Digital Signal Processing Group, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
Aug. 1988 -- Jan. 1990

Hardware Engineer, Long Shine Electronics, Taipei, Taiwan
Mar. 1986 -- Oct. 1986

Honors and Awards

  • UIUC ECE Distinguished Alumni Award, 2014 - recognized for “contributions to dependable computing and web security, and leadership in industrial reseach"
  • IEEE Fellow, Class of 2010 - for contributions to Dependable Computing and Web Security 
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Computers, 2007 ~ 2010
  • Microsoft Partner Early Stock Award, 2006
  • Microsoft Achievement Award, 2005
  • Microsoft Gold Star Award, 2000, 2004, 2005
  • Best Paper Award, 17th Usenix Large Installation System Administration (LISA) Conference, 2003.
  • Robert T. Chien Memorial Award for excellence in research, Graduate College, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1993
  • Best Student Paper Award, 12th IEEE Symposium on Reliable Distributed Systems, 1993

Invited Talks

In the News


  • 42 patents issued in the areas of Dependability, Home Networking, Systems Management, Security and Privacy, Distributed Objects, Distributed Systems, and Web Search


  • 90 papers published