Feng Zhao is an Assistant Managing Director at Microsoft Research Asia, where he oversees multiple research areas including hardware computing, mobile and sensing, software analytics, systems, and wireless and networking. He is also an Affiliate Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering at University of Washington and an adjunct Professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. His own research interest includes sensor networks, mobility, and cloud computing.
Prior to Microsoft Research Asia, he was a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research in Redmond in US, where he founded and managed the Networked Embedded Computing Group. The group has developed the MSR sensor mote, tiny Web Service, SenseWeb and SensorMap, Data Center Genome, JouleMeter, and GAMPS data compression. With the help of some of these technologies, today the Microsoft data centers are among the most densely instrumented and monitored cloud computing infrastructures in the world.
Prior to joining Microsoft Research in March 2004, Dr. Zhao was a Principal Scientist and directed the Embedded Collaborative Computing Area at Xerox PARC. He led two projects, Collaborative Sensing (CoSense) and Smart Matter Diagnostics, that investigate how MEMS sensor and networking technology can change the way we build and interact with physical devices and environments. He was also a Consulting Faculty of Computer Science at Stanford University 1999-2006.
Dr. Zhao received his PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 1992, where he developed one of the first algorithms for fast N-body computation in three spatial dimensions and phase-space nonlinear control synthesis. He received a BS from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. From 1992 to 1997, he was Assistant and Associate Professor (with tenure) of Computer and Information Science at Ohio State University. His INSIGHT Group developed the SAL software tool for rapid prototyping of spatio-temporal data analysis applications; the tool has been used by a number of other research groups.
An IEEE Fellow and ACM Distinguished Engineer, Dr. Zhao received the ONR Young Investigator Award and the NSF Young Investigator Award, and was an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Computer Science. His research has been featured in news media such as BusinessWeek, BBC World News, and Technology Review. His book, Wireless Sensor Networks: An information processing approach, co-authored with Leo Guibas, is published by Morgan Kaufmann in May 2004. He is the founding Editor-In-Chief of ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks and serves on the editorial board of AI Magazine, and guest co-edited several special issues on sensor and actuator networks. He founded the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks (IPSN), serving as its steering committee chair, and was a TPC Co-Chair for the ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems (Sensys), 2005. He has authored or co-authored over 100 technical papers, and is a co-inventor of 10 US Patents and 26 pending patent applications.
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