Lenovo today announced that Dr. Yong Rui is joining their company as Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President. Dr. Rui was previously at Microsoft where he led Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA) as deputy managing director, responsible for the key Artificial Intelligence research groups as well as the lab’s engineering groups. From 2010 to 2012, he served as general manager of Microsoft Asia-Pacific R&D (ARD) Group where he led a team in charge of China Innovation. Dr. Rui is a Fellow of IEEE, IAPR and SPIE, a Distinguished Scientist of ACM, and a Distinguished Lecturer of both ACM and IEEE. He is recognized as a leading expert in his research areas and holds 60 US and internationally issued patents.
Dr.Rui’s departure won’t have much impact at Microsoft Research Asia as it has a strong leadership in place. Dr. Hsiao-Wuen Hon is currently corporate vice president of Microsoft, chairman of Microsoft’s Asia-Pacific R&D Group, and managing director of Microsoft Research Asia. He drives Microsoft’s strategy for research and development activities in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as collaborations with academia.