Before joining Lenovo, Dr. Rui worked for Microsoft for 18 years. His roles included Senior Director and Deputy Managing Director of Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA) (2012-2016), GM of Microsoft Asia-Pacific R&D (ARD) Group (2010-2012), Director of Microsoft Education Product in China (2008-2010), Director of Strategy (2006-2008), and Researcher and Senior Researcher of the Multimedia Collaboration group at Microsoft Research, Redmond, USA (1999-2006). Yongrui
A Fellow of IEEE, IAPR and SPIE, and a Distinguished Scientist of ACM, Dr. Rui is recognized as a leading expert in his fields. He holds 62 US and international issued patents. He was a recipient of the prestigious 2016 IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award.
Dr. Rui is the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE MultiMedia magazine, an Associate Editor of ACM Trans. on Multimedia Computing, Communication and Applications (TOMM), and a founding Editor of International Journal of Multimedia Information Retrieval (IJMIR). He was an Executive Member of ACM SIGMM, as well as the founding Chair of its China Chapter.
Dr. Rui served as a member of review panels for the US National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), the Australian Research Council, and the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong. He holds the title of a Guest Professor within the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Peking University, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), Zhejiang University, and Southeast University.
Dr. Rui has extensive R&D experience, and has taken leadership roles in R&D strategy, basic research, technology incubation, and product development. He shipped numerous technologies and products in Microsoft Bing Search (image search, video search and entity search), Microsoft XiaoIce (微软小冰), Microsoft Satori (entity graph), Microsoft Office (RoundTable, OneNote and Sway), Microsoft OneDrive (photo tagging), Microsoft Hololens (3D reconstruction), and Microsoft Cognitive Services on Azure (face, image and video analysis).
Dr. Rui received his BS from Southeast University, his MS from Tsinghua University, and his PhD from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He also holds a Microsoft Leadership Training Certificate from Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania.