Professor Lionel M. Ni assumed the role of the President Designate of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Guangzhou) on 1 June 2021. He first joined The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) in July 2002 and served in various capacities including Chair Professor and Head of Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Dean of HKUST Fok Ying Tung Graduate School, and Special Assistant to the President. In January 2015, he became the Vice Rector (Academic Affairs) and Chair Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Macau. He rejoined HKUST as Provost and Chair Professor of Computer Science and Engineering in May 2019.
Professor Ni earned his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 1980. He was Professor in Computer Science and Engineering at Michigan State University (1981 to 2002), the Microelectronic Systems Architecture program director at US National Science Foundation (1995-1996) and co-founder and CEO of CC&T Technologies, Inc., Michigan (1998-2001), and the Chief Scientist of the China’s National 973 Program on Wireless Sensor Networks (2006 to 2011).
Professor Ni’s research publications have received strong support with over 37,000 citations on Google Scholar. The winner of eight best paper awards, he has multiple achievements including ownership of 28 US/China patents and having supervised 73 PhD students
A Life Fellow of IEEE and Fellow of Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences, Professor Ni won the Overseas Outstanding Contribution Award from China Computer Federation in 2009, the First Class Award in Natural Sciences from the Ministry of Education, China in 2010, the Second Class Award in Natural Sciences for Research Excellence from the State Council, China in 2011, and the First Class Award in Science and Technology from the Guangdong Province in 2014.
|Interconnection Networks:An Engineering Approach; Jose Duato, Sudhakar Yalamanchili, Lionel Ni; first edition by IEEE Computer Society Press in 1997 and second edition by Morgan Kaufmann Publishers in 2002. (Google Citation: 3,075)|
Smart Phone and Next Generation Mobile Computing, by Pei Zheng Lionel Ni. Morgan Kaufmann. 2005
Professional Microsoft Smartphone Programming, by Baijian Yan, Pei Zheng, Lionel M. Ni. Wrox Press, 2007.
Top 10 Highly Cited Publications (According to Google Scholar, April 25, 2021)
- L.M. Ni, Y. Liu. Y.C. Lau and A.P. Patil, “LANDMARC: Indoor Location Sensing Using Active RFID,” In Proceedings of the 2003 IEEE Annual Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications (PerCom 2003), Dallas, Texas, March 2003. (Google Citation: 3,674)
- L. M. Ni and P. K. McKinley, “A survey of wormhole-routing techniques in direct networks,” in IEEE Computer, pp. 62-76, Feb. 1993. (Google Citation: 1,922)
- X. Xiao and L.M. Ni, “Internet QoS: A Big Picture,” IEEE Network, Vol. 13, No. 2, pp. 8-18, March 1999. (Google Citation: 1,439)
- C. J. Glass and L. M. Ni, “The turn model for adaptive routing,” in Proceedings of the 19th Annual International Symposium on Computer Architecture, pp. 278-287, May 1992, also appeared in Journal of the Association for Computing Machinery, Vol. 41, No. 5, pp. 874-902, September 1994. (Google Citation: 1,282+550=1,832).
- X. Xiao and L.M. Ni, “Traffic Engineering with MPLS in the Internet,” in IEEE Network, March/April 2000. (Google Citation: 699)
- Yuxi Wang, Kaishun Wu, Lionel M. Ni, “WiFall: Device-free Fall Detection by Wireless Networks”, in IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, Vol. 16, No. 2, pp. 581-594, Feb. 2017. (Google Citation: 648)
- F. Zhu, M. Mutka and L.M. Ni, “Service Discovery in Pervasive Computing Environments,” in IEEE Pervasive Computing, Vol. 4, No. 4, pp. 81-90, October/December 2005. (Google Citation: 591)
- Xiaofei Liao, Hai Jin, Yunhao Liu, Lionel M. Ni and Dafu Deng, “AnySee: Scalable Live Streaming Service Based on Inter-Overlay Optimization”, in Proceedings of INFOCOM 2006, Barcelona Spain, April 2006. (Google Citation: 467)
- P. K. McKinley, H. Xu, A. H. Esfahanian and L. M. Ni, “Unicast-based multicast communication in wormhole-routed networks,” IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, vol. 5, No. 12, pp. 1252-1265, Dec. 1994. (Google Citation: 440)
- Kaishun Wu, Jiang Xiao, Youwen Yi, Dihu Chen, Xiaonan Luo and Lionel M. Ni, “CSI-based Indoor Localization,” IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, Vol. 24, Issue 7, pp. 1300-1309, July 2012. (Google Citation: 392)
- Fellow of IEEE, for contributions to parallel processing and distributed systems, 1994.
- Distinguished Faculty Award, for contributions to excellent teaching, research, and service, Michigan State University, 1994.
- Fellow, Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences (HKAES), 2008.
- Overseas Outstanding Contribution Award, China Computer Federation, 2009.
- 教育部2010年度高等学校科学研究优秀成果自然科学一等奖，基于非测距的无线网络定位理论与方法研究， First Class in Natural Sciences for contributions in “Range-free Localization and Localizability for Wireless Network and IOT: Theory and Practice,” Awards for Research Excellence presented by the Ministry of Education, 2010.
- 国家自然科学奖（二等奖）, 国务院国家科学技术奖，基于非测距的无线网络定位理论与方法研究。State Natural Science Award (Second Class) of The State Science and Technology Awards for contributions in “Range-free Localization and Localizability for Wireless Network and IOT: Theory and Practice,” by the State Council of the People's Republic of China, 2011.
- 广东省科学技术一等奖，基于物理层技术的无线网络性能优化研究， 粤府证：［2015］1804号， 2014.
- 中国计算机学会物联网专业委员会十周年（2006年至2016年）杰出贡献奖， 2016.
- 国家教育部2018年度高等学校科学研究优秀成果奖（二等奖）。Natural Science Award (Second Class) for contributions in "Theory and Method of Device-free Wireless Sensing." Ministry of Education’s 2018 Higher Education Outstanding Scientific Research Output Awards (Science and Technology)
Best Paper Awards
- The Outstanding Paper Award (with A. Nanda), “MAD Kernel: An Experimental Testbed to Study Multiprocessor Memory System Behavior,” 1992 International Conference on Parallel Processing, St. Charles, Illinois, August 17, 1992.
- The Outstanding Paper (with C. Glass), “The Turn Model for Adaptive Routing,” 19th Annual ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Computer Architecture, Gold Coast, Australia, May 19-21, 1992 (recommended for publication in JACM). In 1998, this paper was selected as one of the 41 most significant impact papers in the last 25 years in computer architecture area.
- The Outstanding Paper Award (with Y.H. Liu, C.E. Wu, P. Dantzig), “A Distributed Connection Manager Interface for Web Services on IBM SP Systems,” 1996 International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Systems, Tokyo, June 1996.
- The Outstanding Paper Award (with J. Park, H.A. Choi, N. Nupairoj), “Construction of Optimal Multicast Trees Based on the Parameterized Communication Model,” 1996 International Conference on Parallel Processing, St. Charles, Illinois, August 17, 1996.
- The Best Paper Award (with C. Hu, Yanmin Zhu, J. Huai and Yunhao Liu), “S-Club: An Overlay Based Efficient Service Discovery Mechanism in CROWN Grid,” the 2005 IEEE International Conference on e-Business Engineering (ICEBE 2005), Beijing, China, October 18-20, 2005.
- The Outstanding Paper Award (with Yunhuai Liu and Qian Zhang), “Opportunity-based Topology Control in Wireless Sensor Networks,” the 28th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS 2008), Beijing, China, June 17-19, 2008.
- The Best Paper Award (with Ruobing Jiang, Yanmin Zhu, and Xin Wang), “TMC: Exploiting Trajectories for Multicast in Sparse Vehicular Networks,” in Proc. of The 8th International Conference on Mobile Ad-hoc and Sensor Networks (MSN 2012), Chengdu, China, Dec. 14-16, 2012.
- The Best Paper Award (with Jiang Xiao, Kaishun Wu, Youwen Yi, and Lu Wang), “FIMD: Fine-grained Device-free Motion Detection,” Proc. of the 18th IEEE International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Systems (ICPADS 2012), Singapore, December 17-19, 2012 (1 out of 294 papers).
- The Best Paper Award (with Yongpan Zou, Guanhua Wang and Kaishun Wu), “SmartSensing: Sensing Through Walls with Your Smartphone!” in Proc. of the 11th IEEE International Conference on Mobile Ad-hoc and Sensor Systems (MASS 2014), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, October 28-30, 2014.