Assistant Managing Director
Microsoft Research Asia
Dr. Wei-Ying Ma is an Assistant Managing Director at Microsoft Research Asia, where he oversees multiple research groups in the areas of Web Search, Data Mining, and Natural Language Computing.
Dr. Ma and his team of researchers have developed many key technologies that have been transferred to Microsoft’s Bing Search Engine. He has published more than 250 papers at international conferences and journals. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Distinguished Scientist of the ACM, and currently serves on the editorial boards of ACM Transactions on Information System (TOIS) and the ACM/Springer Multimedia Systems Journal. In recent years, Dr. Ma served as Program Co-Chair of WWW 2008, Program Co-Chair of the Pacific Rim Conference on Multimedia (PCM) 2007, and General Co-Chair of the Asia Information Retrieval Symposium (AIRS) 2008. He is the General Co-Chair of ACM SIGIR 2011.
Before joining Microsoft in 2001, Dr. Ma was with Hewlett-Packard Labs in Palo Alto, California, where he worked in the fields of multimedia content analysis and adaptation. From 1994 to 1997, he was engaged in the Alexandria Digital Library project at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan in 1990. He earned a Master of Science degree and a doctorate in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1994 and 1997, respectively.