Outstanding Young Scientist Fund

  • Wu Fan

    Fan Wu is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He received his B.S. in Computer Science from Nanjing University in 2004, and Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2009. He has visited the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) as a Post Doc Research Associate. His research interests include wireless networking and mobile computing, algorithmic game theory and its applications, and privacy preservation. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers in technical journals and conference proceedings. He is a recipient of the first class prize for Natural Science Award of China Ministry of Education, NSFC Excellent Young Scholars Program, ACM China Rising Star Award, CCF-Tencent ``Rhinoceros bird'' Outstanding Award, CCF-Intel Young Faculty Researcher Program Award, and Pujiang Scholar. He has served as the chair of CCF YOCSEF Shanghai, on the editorial board of Elsevier Computer Communications, and as the member of technical program committees of more than 60 academic conferences.

  • Yu Kai

    Kai Yu got his B.S. and M.S. from Tsinghua University in 1999, 2002 and his Ph.D. from Cambridge University in 2006. He is a senior member of IEEE, a Technical Committee Member of the Speech, Language, Music and Auditory Perception Branch of the Acoustic Society of China, and a Technical Committee Member of the Human Machine Interaction Branch of China Computer Federation. He is also the associate director of the technical committee of the Alliance of Intelligent Speech Technology Industry of China. He was selected into the “1000 Overseas Talent Plan (Young Talent)” by Chinese central government, the “Excellent Young Scientists Project” by NSFC China and the Programme for Professor of Special Appointment (Eastern Scholar) at Shanghai Institutions of Higher Learning. 

    His research interests include dialogue systems, speech recognition, synthesis, speaker verification, natural language processing and machine learning. The goal of his research is to build speech-based cognitive user interface which can operate in complex environment, deal with uncertainty, deliver  information in a humanized way and evolve via interacting with human. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers and won several best paper awards of international conferences (InterSpeech and IEEE SLT) and the ISCA Computer Speech and Language Best Paper Award (2008-2012). He has served as the area chairs for speech processing and dialogue systems for EUSIPCO and INTERSPEECH. 

    He has participated in the DARPA funded large vocabulary continuous speech recognition project, EARS and GALE. The systems he built have defined the state-of-the-art during NIST organised evaluation and DARPA organised internal evaluation. He has also designed and managed the implementation of the Cambridge statistical spoken dialogue system, which achieved the best task completion performance in controlled test during the first spoken dialogue challenge. He has been active in knowledge transfer to industry. He was awarded WuWenJun Science and Technology Progress Award by the Chinese Association for Artificial Intelligence for his contribution in commercialising speech technology for language learning. He was also awarded the “IT Pioneer in Shanghai” in 2015. 

  • Zou Junni

    Junni Zou is currently a full Professor with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. She was a visiting professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, San Diego (UCSD), USA, from 2011 to 2012.

    Her research interests include video networking and communication, learning-based network resource optimization, wireless communication, and network information theory. She has published over 80 IEEE journal/conference papers, and 2 book chapters, including 18 IEEE Transactions journal papers. She holds 13 patents and has 10+ under reviewing patents.

    Dr. Zou was granted National Science Fund for Outstanding Young Scholar in 2016. She was a recipient of Shanghai Yong Rising Star Scientist award in 2011. She obtained the First Prize of the Shanghai Technological Innovation Award in 2017 and 2011, and the First Prize of the Shanghai Science and Technology Advancement Award in 2008. Also, she has served on some technical program committees for the IEEE and other international conferences.    

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