Hui Lei
2021 Transactions Operations Committee Chair


Hui Lei is a Vice President at Futurewei Technologies. Previously, he held various leadership roles at IBM, including Director and CTO of IBM Watson Health Cloud, IBM Distinguished Engineer, IBM Master Inventor, and Senior Manager at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center. He has been offered honorary appointments of Visiting Professor or Adjunct Professor at Sun Yat-sen University, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Fudan University, and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Columbia University.

Dr. Lei’s technical interests span cloud computing, AI and data engineering, and the Internet of things. He has published extensively on those topics and has produced over 90 patents. His technical vision and creative contributions have exerted a significant impact on many commercial software products and services, including those of the IBM Watson, IBM Cloud, IBM SmartCloud, and IBM WebSphere brands. His recent work has been focused on open-source software projects, in collaboration with communities such as the Open Infrastructure Foundation.

An active member of the IEEE Computer Society, Dr. Lei has served as Chair of the Transactions Operations Committee, a member of the Publications Board, a member of the Board of Governors, and Chair of the Technical Committee on Business Informatics and Systems. He was Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing and a Steering Committee member of the IEEE Cloud Computing magazine. He co-founded the IEEE International Conference on Cloud Engineering (IC2E) and the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Internet-of-Things Design and Implementation (IoTDI). He has also participated as General Chair, Program Committee Chair, or a keynote speaker in many international conferences such as ICDCS, ICAC, MDM, and PerCom.

Dr. Lei is a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of the IEEE Computer Society Golden Core. He has been recognized with an IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award for “pioneering contributions to scalable access to real-world data” and an IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Service Award for “continual and outstanding service to the society’s mobile computing, cloud computing, and e-business communities.” In addition, he has received an IBM Corporate Award, the highest technical award at IBM, for his leadership and breakthrough achievements leading to the Watson Platform for Health.

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