Harry Shum computer scientist

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Harry Shum
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Shen Xiangyang

October 1966 (age 54)
EducationSoutheast University (BA)
Hong Kong University (MA)
Carnegie Mellon University (PhD)
OccupationExecutive Vice President for Technology and Research
AwardsIEEE Fellow, ACM Fellow, FREng

Heung-Yeung "Harry" Shum (Chinese: 沈向洋; pinyin: Shěn Xiàngyáng; born October 1966)[1] is a Chinese computer scientist. He was a doctoral student of Raj Reddy. He was the Executive Vice President of Artificial Intelligence & Research at Microsoft.[2] He is known for his research on computer vision and computer graphics,[3] and for the development[4] of the search engine Bing.

Early life and education

Shum grew up in Nanjing, China. He got his bachelor's degree from Southeast University, Nanjing, China, and a master's degree from Hong Kong University.[5][6] He studied at Carnegie Mellon University[6] and earned a Ph.D. in robotics from its School of Computer Science in 1996.


In 1996, Shum joined Microsoft Research in Redmond. He then moved to Microsoft Research China (later renamed Microsoft Research Asia) when it was founded in 1998. In 2004, he became the Managing Director of Microsoft Research Asia.

In 2006, he was promoted to Distinguished Engineer of Microsoft Corporation. In 2007, he became Corporate Vice President of Bing Product Development at Microsoft. In 2013, he took on the responsibilities as Microsoft's Executive Vice President, Technology & Research including oversight of Microsoft Research.[7] Since 2016, he has been Microsoft's Executive Vice President for the AI & Research Group, leading the overall strategy and R&D efforts in AI while continuing oversight of Microsoft Research.[8]

In November 2019, it was reported by Mary Jo Foley in ZDNet that Shum was leaving Microsoft on 1 February 2020.[9]

Shum was announced as the chairman of the board of newsbreak.com in May 2020. The site was cofounded in 2015 by Jerry Yang and Jeff Zheng.[10]

Research and awards

Shum has published over 200 papers at international conferences and journals. Most of them are focused on computer graphics and computer vision. He is a pioneer and proponent of research on interactive computer vision.[11] He has published many important interactive computer vision papers on ACM SIGGRAPH. He was also active in Image-based modeling and rendering,[12] which is an important field in realistic computer graphics.[13] In recent years, since he worked on Bing he has been active in web search and data mining research.

Shum was named IEEE Fellow by Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in 2006.[14] In 2007, he was recognized as ACM Fellow by Association for Computing Machinery.[15]

In 2017, he was elected a foreign associate of the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE), for contributions to computer vision and computer graphics, and for leadership in industrial research and product development.[16] He received the Honorary Fellowship from the University of Hong Kong in 2017.[17]

In 2018 he was elected an International Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in the UK.[18]

See also


  1. ^ Fitzpatrick, Dan (November 26, 2006). "As CMU Internet experts discover, China's growing prosperity abets more freedoms, but there are limits". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Harry Shum, a 39-year-old CMU grad who runs Microsoft's Chinese research lab in Beijing.
  2. ^ "Harry Shum". Microsoft Corporation.
  3. ^ "Harry Shum". Microsoft Research. Retrieved December 30, 2013.
  4. ^ "Bing's Harry Shum Bags The 2014 Outstanding Technical Leadership Award". microsoft-news.com. 2014-03-16.
  5. ^ "Harry Shum". Microsoft Research Asia.
  6. ^ a b Heim, Kristi (April 27, 2011). "Harry Shums of the world find many ways to succeed". Seattle Times. Archived from the original on December 30, 2013. Shum, 44, grew up in Shanghai and came to the U.S. in 1991 to study robotics at Carnegie Mellon University.
  7. ^ "Steve Ballmer email on new roles for Eric Rudder and Harry Shum". Microsoft. Retrieved 2013-11-13.
  8. ^ "Microsoft expands artificial intelligence (AI) efforts with creation of new Microsoft AI and Research Group". Microsoft. 2016-09-29. Retrieved 2016-09-29.
  9. ^ "Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott takes over from Harry Shum as head of AI and Research | ZDNet". 2019-11-13. Archived from the original on 2019-11-13. Retrieved 2019-11-13.
  10. ^ "Harry Shum Appointed Chairman of the Board of Silicon Valley Startup News Break". News Break. Retrieved 7 June 2020.
  11. ^ Shum, Harry (October 2006). "Human Intention Modeling and Interactive Computer Vision". 2006 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems. IEEE: nil32. doi:10.1109/iros.2006.282193. ISBN 1-4244-0258-1.
  12. ^ "Image-Based Rendering".
  13. ^ "Visual Computing -- Convergence of Computer Graphics and Computer Vision". Schloss Dagstuhl. Retrieved 2009-10-31.
  14. ^ "IEEE - Fellows - S". IEEE.org. Retrieved 2009-10-31.
  15. ^ "ACM: Fellows Award / Harry Shum". ACM.org. Retrieved 2009-10-31.
  16. ^ "National Academy of Engineering Elects 84 Members and 22 Foreign Members". NAE Website.
  17. ^ "2017 HKU Honorary University Fellow - Dr Harry SHUM".
  18. ^ "50 engineering leaders become Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering". Retrieved 21 September 2018.

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