June 20, 2024

Endowed Lecture Series

Thursday, October 17 | Save the Date

You are invited to the UW Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering’s annual  Dean W. Lytle Endowed Lecture Series.

We are extremely excited to welcome Dr. Yong Rui, Corporate CTO and Senior Vice President of Lenovo Group, as this year’s keynote speaker. More details about his lecture will be coming soon, but it will be held on Thursday, October 17, 2024. Please click the button below to view more information about our Lytle Lecture Series.

The Lytle Lecture Series is UW ECE’s premier annual event, featuring internationally renowned researchers in the field of communications, signal processing, control systems, and machine learning. This lecture series is free and open to the public. We look forward to seeing you there!

Speaker’s Biography

As the Corporate CTO and Senior Vice President of Lenovo Group, Dr. Young Rui oversees a $2.5B annual research and development budget and directs Lenovo’s technical strategies and R&D directions. Additionally, Dr. Rui leads Lenovo Research which investigates AI, 5G/6G, XR/metaverse, intelligent devices, intelligent computing infrastructure, and smart vertical solutions.

Prior to joining Lenovo, Dr. Rui spent 18 years with Microsoft where he held various leadership roles in R&D strategy, basic research, technology incubation and product development.

A Fellow of ACM, IEEE, AAAS, IAPR and SPIE, and a foreign member of Academy of Europe and the Canadian Academy of Engineering, Dr. Rui is recognized as a leading expert in AI and multimedia analysis and retrieval. He is a recipient of the 2018 ACM SIGMM Technical Achievement Award, 2017 IEEE SMC Society Andrew P. Sage Best Transactions Paper Award, 2017 ACM TOMM Nicolas Georganas Best Paper Award, 2016 IEEE Computer Society Edward J. McCluskey Technical Achievement Award, 2016 IEEE Signal Processing Society Best Paper Award, and 2010 Most Cited Paper of the Decade Award from Journal of Visual Communication and Image Representation. He holds 112 issued patents, has published four books, 12 book chapters, and 260 refereed journal and conference papers.

Dr. Rui is a technology leader who turns technologies into real-life products. At Lenovo, he is one of the key drivers of the 3S (Smart IoT, Smart Infrastructure and Smart Verticals) strategy, which is transforming Lenovo significantly beyond PCs. Under his leadership, Lenovo has developed award winning products including ThinkReality A3 (TIME 100 Best Innovations), Lenovo AI/HPC products (HPCWire Award), Lenovo 5G (GSMA Foundry Excellence Award), Lenovo Supply Chain Intelligence (Gartner Global Supply Chain Top 25 Award), Lenovo advanced planning and scheduling system for smart manufacturing (Franz Edelman Finalist), and Lenovo foldable and rollable devices (CES and MWC awards). Dr. Rui’s industry leadership has been featured in MIT Technology Review, HPC Wire, Tech Republic, Geek Metaverse, EdgeIR, and Fortune Italy.

Dr. Rui received his bachelor’s degree from Southeast University Summa cum laude, his master’s degree from Tsinghua University, and his doctoral degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He is a Distinguished Alumni of the ECE Department, at UIUC.