Interview with Dr. Yong Rui, ACM Fellow

1. [SIGMM Editor] “Why do societies such as ACM offer Fellows status to some of its members?”
Dr. Yong Rui: 

The ACM Fellow status is ACM's most prestigious member grade that recognizes the top 1% of ACM members for their outstanding accomplishments in computing and information technology and/or outstanding service to ACM and the larger computing community. The ACM Fellow’s technical insight and achievements play a critical role in driving the development of the field. In addition, the ACM Fellows are models to motivate other ACM members to advance their research in computing technologies. 
2. [SIGMM Editor] “What is the significance for you as an individual researcher in becoming an ACM Fellow?”
Dr. Yong Rui:

Being named an ACM Fellow is a great honor and an important research milestone for me. I’m delighted that my research work in the field of multimedia is recognized by the ACM and fellow researchers. I want to take this opportunity to thank Microsoft and Lenovo, my former and current employers, who encourage open and high-impact research. I also want to thank all of my colleagues and students who helped make these research successes. 
I am very happy to see that many of the technologies I developed have become products and services that are used by millions of people around the world. 
3. [SIGMM Editor] How is the recognition perceived by your institution?
Dr. Yong Rui: 

As CTO and Senior Vice President of Lenovo Group, I oversee the company’s corporate technical strategy, research and development directions, and lead Lenovo Research. Lenovo Research was founded in 1999 and serves as one of Lenovo’s most important innovation engines. Areas of research at Lenovo Research include artificial intelligence, intelligent devices, enterprise cloud computing, 5G, and smart lifestyle incubation and innovation. 
My colleagues at Lenovo and Lenovo Research were excited about the news. On one hand, it demonstrated Lenovo R&D’s technical capabilities and strength. On the other hand, this recognition also connects Lenovo and academia more closely, keeping us up-to-date with the latest research breakthroughs. 
4. [SIGMM Editor] “You have been one of the important torch bearers of the SIGMM community. What does this recognition imply for the SIGMM Community?”
Dr. Yong Rui: 

This recognition is yet another piece of evidence that multimedia research is playing an increasingly important role in the field of computing and information technology. 
I published my first ACM MM paper more than 20 years ago. Over the years, I became a winner of ACM MM Best Paper Award, an executive member of the ACM SIGMM, the founding chair of SIGMM China Chapter, and General Co-Chairs of ACM MM 2009 and 2014. I grew together with SIGMM -- SIGMM is a community where members can interact with each other and develop their long-term research careers. The exchanges of ideas and in-depth discussions between SIGMM members provided inspiration for all the researchers in the community. 
5. [SIGMM Editor] “How will this recognition influence the SIGMM community?”
Dr. Yong Rui:

I hope this recognition will influence the SIGMM community in at least two ways: 1). motivate more young SIGMM researchers to actively explore new frontiers in multimedia, advance the state of the art, and become leaders and influencers in their own fields. 2). encourage more SIGMM members to conduct research with an industry application (think about the MM Grand Challenges) in mind. The collaboration between academia and industry will result in a virtuous cycle that accelerates the advancement of multimedia research. 
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