Dr. Zhang works across machine learning and large-scale systems to create innovative Big Data solutions. An internationally acclaimed scholar in the field, he has been named on numerous expert committees for major international conferences and journals. Dr. Zhang is an inventor behind around 25 patent applications (nine granted and many pending) and an author of at least two dozen publications (selected articles). He has been recognized as an Individual with Extraordinary Ability.
The large-scale systems work by Dr. Zhang spans parallel analytics frameworks (Spark, YARN), distributed data storage (Object, HDFS, clustered file systems) and cloud computing (OpenStack). He often uses machine learning (probabilistic graphical models, clustering, regressions etc.) to discover knowledge from data. He has applied his work to domains including user modeling, recommendation systems, targetted advertising, finance, online social networks and image analysis. Dr. Zhang had acted as a Principal Investigator / Technical Lead on research projects and played key roles in product efforts.
An aspiring ballroom dancer and Slavic language enthusiast, Rui completed his PhD at charming Oxford.