Hangzhou, July 7, 2016 －Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, has appointed Dr ZHOU Jingren as Chief Scientist to lead big data and artificial intelligence research at Alibaba Cloud iDST (Institute of Data Science Technology), developing cloud-scale distributed computation platforms, data analytic products and various business solutions.
At Alibaba Cloud iDST, Dr Zhou manages a team of top-tier engineers based in China and USA, which is engaged in the development of advanced technologies in speech, natural language, image and video processing and large-scale machine learning.
Prior to joining Alibaba, Dr Zhou was the Partner Engineering Manager at Microsoft, where he managed a team developing the big data computation platform supporting Microsoft’s Windows and Office applications and web search engine Bing. This platform laid the foundation for Microsoft’s entire back-end data services, utilizing over more than 10,000 computing clusters to provide diversified computing capability, real-time massive data streaming and processing.
Dr Zhou is a well-known researcher in the field of cloud computing, database and distributed systems. He has published dozens of papers in top-tier database and system journals (VLDB, SIGMOD, ODSI), and has been a chairperson and/or panelist at numerous academic conferences.
Dr Zhou received his PhD in Computer Science from Columbia University, having previously obtained his bachelor degree at the University of Science and Technology of China.
About Alibaba Cloud
Established in September 2009, Alibaba Cloud (intl.aliyun.com), Alibaba Group’s cloud computing arm, develops highly scalable platforms for cloud computing and data management. It provides a comprehensive suite of cloud computing services to support participants of Alibaba Group’s online and mobile commerce ecosystem, including sellers and other third-party customers and businesses. Alibaba Cloud is a business within Alibaba Group.