Dr. HongJiang Zhang, is currently a Venture Partner at Sourcecode Capital. He retired on Dec 1, 2016 from the positions of Executive Director and the CEO” of Kingsoft (a Hong Kong listed public company). He was also a director and the CEO of Kingsoft Cloud, a director of Cheetah Mobile Inc. (NYSE: CMCM) a subsidiary of Kingsoft, and a director of Xunlei Limited (NASDAQ: XNET) and a director of 21Vianet Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: VNET).
Before Kingsoft, he was the CTO for Microsoft Asia-Pacific Research and Development Group (ARD) and the Managing Director of the Microsoft Advanced Technology Center (ATC). In his dual role, Dr. Zhang led Microsoft’s research and development agenda in China, including strategy, planning, R&D and incubation for products, services and solutions. Dr. Zhang was also an Assistant Managing Director and a founding member of Microsoft Research Asia. His outstanding leadership and achievement, illustrated by the high impact he made in academia and Microsoft’s products, was critical in establishing Microsoft Research Asia into a world class basic research center in computer science, and a technology powerhouse in Microsoft, and has made him one of the 10 Microsoft Distinguished Scientists.
As an Expert of China’s “Thousands Talent” program, a Fellow of the Institute of Electric and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and Association of Computing Machines (ACM), Dr. Zhang is well known in the research community for his leadership in media computing and his pioneering work in video and image content analysis and search. He was the recipient of the 2010 IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award, 2012 ACM SIGMM Outstanding Technical Achievement Award, and the winner of 2008 "Asian-American Engineer of the Year" award. He holds close to 200 US and international patents, and has authored four books and over 400 scientific papers, many of which have become classic references in their respective research areas. He is one of the most cited researchers in computer science (H-Index=112).
Dr. Zhang received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Zhengzhou University, China. Prior to joining Microsoft, Dr. Zhang was a research manager at Hewlett-Packard Labs at Palo Alto, CA. He also worked at the Institute of Systems Science, National University of Singapore.