Alumni Bios

Professor Winston Hsu

Professor Winston Hsu is an active researcher dedicated to large-scale image/video recognition and machine intelligence. He is keen on realizing advanced research towards business deliverables via academia-industry collaborations and co-founding startups. He is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, National Taiwan University and co-leads Communication and Multimedia Lab (CMLab). Working closely with the industry, he was a Visiting Scientist at Microsoft Research Redmond (2014) and had his 1-year sabbatical leave (2016-2017) at IBM TJ Watson Research Center, New York, to enhance Watson’s visual cognition, where he contributed the first AI produced movie trailer. He is the Founding Director for NVIDIA AI Lab (NTU), the 1st in Asia. Having investigated deep neural networks for numerous image/video challenges, recently, he is also helping companies set up the AI/deep learning teams for advanced products. He received Ph.D. (2007) from Columbia University, New York. Before that, he was a founding engineer and RD manager in CyberLink Corp. He serves as the Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology (TCSVT) and IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, two premier journals, and was in the Editorial Board for IEEE Multimedia Magazine (2010 – 2017). He is also a columnist for Digitimes for the machine learning aspect.

Professor Jingyue Ju

Professor Jingyue Ju received his Ph.D. degree in Bioorganic Chemistry from the University of Southern California in 1994. He was a U.S. Department of Energy Human Genome Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley from 1994 to 1995 and co-invented the fluorescence energy transfer labeling technology for DNA sequencing, which was used to complete the International Human Genome Project. From 1995 to 1999, he was a Senior Scientist and Director of Chemistry and Assay Development at Incyte Genomics. He joined Columbia University as a faculty member in 1999 and is currently a Samuel Ruben-Peter G. Viele Professor of Engineering, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Pharmacology, and Director of Center for Genome Technology & Biomolecular Engineering. He is the Research Director of the Steering Committee at the Tsinghua Center for Advanced Genomic Research with Columbia University. His laboratory has invented several generations of DNA sequencing technologies, including a DNA sequencing by synthesis platform using cleavable fluorescent nucleotide reversible terminators, currently the dominant approach used in the Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) systems. Professor Ju is the inventor of 48 issued U.S. patents in genomics, including a single molecule real-time electronic DNA sequencing method that has the potential to accelerate the application of DNA sequencing for precision medicine. Four biotech companies have been founded based on technologies developed in his laboratory at Columbia. Professor Ju is a recipient of the Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering. His research interest is in the design and synthesis of novel molecules for biological labeling and imaging, and developing new technologies for genomic research. In 2017, he received the Distinguished Fundamental Research Award for Next Generation DNA Sequencing Research & Development from the NGS Research and Development Association in China.

Sai Mao, MS'14

Sai Mao has a BA in Economics and Finance from Boston College and an MS in Management Science & Engineering from Columbia University.

Mr. Mao currently serves as the Board Secretary of China ChengXin Group and as CFO/Managing Director of China ChengXin Credit Information Co., Ltd (CCXC). CCXC is the first company to obtain Operation Permission of Enterprise Credit Information and the first group to receive Operation Permission (preparative) of Personal Credit Information. CCXC is the industry leader in China’s credit information business and the establishment of China’s social credit system.

Mr. Mao previously co-founded LiLiCai, an internet finance service company. Beforehand, he worked for Moody’s Analytics in New York, focusing on enterprise default frequency forecast.

Social Impact: Founding Chairman of NiuDu Hui, a subsidiary of Heifer International, a world-leading poor alleviation NGO.

Main Research Direction: Personal Credit Analysis, Big Data, Credit Risk Management.

Xiaolu Ye, MS'98

Xiaolu Ye is an Executive Director leading the Algorithmic Trading Frameworks team at Morgan Stanley Shanghai. She is also a member of the China Technology Management Committee. Xiaolu has 20 years of experience in Wall Street technology. She started her career in Wall Street with Morgan Stanley New York office when she joined the Distributed Training Program in 1998. She has held various positions at Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, and Bank of America, with expertise ranging from Enterprise Application Infrastructure, Equities OTC Straight Through Processing, Cross-Asset e-Trading, US Equities Smart Order Router, Dark Pool, and Algorithmic Trading Platforms. In June 2017, Xiaolu Ye moved back to Shanghai with her family.

Xiaolu Ye received an MS in Computer Science from Columbia University and a BS in Computer Science from Nanjing University. She’s also a mother of two beautiful daughters.

Qi Yin, MS'13

Qi Yin founded Megvii, short for megavision, with two friends from Tsinghua University, Wenbin Tang and Yang Mu, in 2011. Megvii owns the most advanced human face recognition technology, Face++. Its technology is widely used for online payments and other security areas. The company counts CITIC, PingAn Bank, Uber, Alibaba, Meitu, and Vanke among its key clients.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Yin was a researcher and the director of a facial recognition project group at Microsoft Research Asia.

In 2016, Mr. Yin was included in Forbes Asia's 30 Under 30 List, and Megvii was ranked top in enterprise technology in Asia.

Mr. Yin graduated from Tsinghua University and earned a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Columbia University.