Hui Lei
Award Recipient


Hui Lei is Chief Technology Officer of IBM Watson Health Cloud, an IBM Distinguished Engineer, an IBM Master Inventor, and a member of the IBM Academy of Technology. Previously, he was Senior Manager of Cloud Platform Technologies at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center and led IBM’s worldwide research strategies in cloud infrastructure services and cloud managed services. He received the B.S. degree from Sun Yat-sen University, an M.S. degree from New York University, and a Ph.D. degree from Columbia University, all in Computer Science.

Dr. Lei’s work has spanned the areas of mobile and pervasive computing, big data, cloud computing, and enterprise computing. His technical vision and creative contributions have influenced many commercial software products and services, which have generated revenue in the hundreds of millions of dollars and have been deployed by enterprises around the globe. He has over 70 issued or pending patents to his credit. He has been recognized with numerous IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards, IBM Research Accomplishments, IBM Outstanding Research Accomplishments, and IBM Invention Achievement Awards.

Dr. Lei is a Fellow of the IEEE, a member of the IEEE Computer Society Golden Core, Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing, and a past Chair of the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Business Informatics and Systems. He has served as a Steering Committee Chair, General Chair, Program Committee Chair, or Keynote Speaker of many international conferences. He received a Distinguished Service Award from the IEEE Computer Society for his continual and outstanding service to the society’s mobile computing, cloud computing, and e-business communities.


2017 IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award
“For pioneering contributions to scalable access to real-world data.”
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