I received the PhD degree in Pattern Recognition and Intelligent Systems at the Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2006, and the B.Sc and M.Sc. degrees both in Computer Science at the University of Science and Technology Beijing, China, in 1999 and 2002 respectively.
I started my industrial career as a R&D engineer for OCR and Pattern Recognition technologies at the R&D center, Hanwang Technology Co. Ltd. in 2002. Later, I became the technical leader for the project of Financial Document Image Recognition Technologies, and developed several state-of-the-art recognition systems which had been widely applied in hundreds of business systems in commercial banks in China (e.g., Bank of China, China Construction Bank, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Bank of Communications, etc.).
From August 2006 to June 2008, I was a researcher at Information Technology Lab, Fujitsu R&D Center, where my main research focused on Document Analysis and Recognition Technologies for Smart Phones, e.g., perspective rectification for MobileCam-based document images (which had been applied in Fujitsu Phones), and MobileCam-based flower retrieval.
In July 2008 I joined the faculty of Department of Computer Science and Technology, School of Computer and Communication Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, China, as an Associate Professor, and now an Full Professor. Currently, I am the deputy chair of Department of Computer Science and Technology. My Pattern Recognition and Computer Vision research team won the 1st place of ICDAR 2013 Robust Reading Competition "Text Localization in Real Scenes", "Text Localization in Born-Digital Images (Web and Email)", and "Text Segmentation in Born-Digital Images (Web and Email)"; and further won the 1st place of ICDAR 2015 Robust Reading Competition "End-To-End Focused Scene Text Recognition (Generic)", "End-To-End Born-Digital Image Text Recognition (Generic)", "End-To-End Born-Digital Image Text Recognition (Weak)", and "Video Text Detection". My Information Retrieval and Data Mining research team won the 1st place of CLEF/INEX 2014 Social Book Search Track and CLEF 2016 Social Book Search Track (Suggestion Task), and also won several batches of 2015 (and 2017) BioASQ Challenge Task 3b: Biomedical Semantic QA.
From January 2013 to January 2014, I was a visiting professor at the Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval with Prof. James Allan, School of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA. From July 2014 to August 2014, I was a visiting professor at the Computer Vision Lab with Prof. Erik Learned-Miller, School of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA. From July 2016 to August 2016, I was a visiting professor at the BioNLP Lab with Prof. Hong Yu, University of Massachusetts Amherst Medical School, USA.
My research interests broadly include pattern recognition and computer vision, information retrieval and data mining, and other related research fields.
I like most sports, e.g., badminton, basketball, table tennis, running, hiking, swimming, etc.