Dr Ya-Qin Zhang, Microsoft Corporation
Beijing, People’s Republic of China
As Corporate Vice President of Microsoft and Chairman of Microsoft China R&D Group (CRD), Dr Ya-Qin Zhang is responsible for driving Microsoft’s overall research and development efforts in China, ensuring success for the company in this growing market. Under Dr Zhang’s leadership, CRD has become Microsoft’s largest R&D center outside of the US, with more than 3000 engineers and scientists engaged in basic research, technology innovation and incubation, product development, and strategic partnership. Dr Zhang also serves on Microsoft China’s Executive Management Committee.
From 2004 to 2006, Dr Zhang was the Corporate Vice President of Microsoft, responsible for Microsoft’s Mobile and Embedded Division in Redmond, USA, including WinCE operating system, Smartphone, PocketPC and other Windows Mobile platform and devices. Prior to that, he was the managing director of Microsoft Research Asia, Microsoft’s basic research arm in the Asia Pacific region.
From 1994 to 1999, Dr Zhang was the director of the Multimedia Technology Laboratory at Sarnoff Corporation in Princeton, NJ (RCA Laboratories). He was with GTE (now Verizon) Corp. in Waltham, MA from 1989 to 1994.
He has published more than 500 refereed papers in leading international conferences and journals and has been granted over 50 US patents in digital video, Internet, multimedia, wireless and satellite communications. He serves on the Board of Directors of five hi-tech companies and advises several Chinese and US government agencies, including the National Science Foundation. Dr Zhang was a keynote speaker at the 2008 Australia China Business Forum in Brisbane in October, 2008.
Dr Zhang is a Fellow of IEEE. He has served as the editor-in-chief for the IEEE Trans. on Video Technology and on editorial boards of several other professional journals and more than a dozen conference committees. He has been a key contributor to the ISO/MPEG and ITU standardisation efforts in digital video and multimedia.
Dr Zhang received a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 1983 and 1985 and a Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from George Washington University in 1989. He trained in executive business development at Harvard University. Dr Zhang is an Honorary Adjunct Professor at The University of Sydney’s School of Information Technologies.