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Prof. REN Kui and Prof. ZHOU Kun named ACM Fellows

By Yu Liu

On January 13th, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) announced the 2020 ACM Fellows to recognize their work that underpins today’s computing innovations. Two professors from Zhejiang UniversityProf. REN Kui and Prof. ZHOU Kun from the College of Computer Science and Technology were elected as 2020 ACM Fellows. They were among the 1 percent of ACM members to receive this distinction.  


I am really proud to see the outstanding achievements of our faculty being recognized by these international esteemed honors. The CS College has embraced rapid growth in the recent years, with an outstanding faculty consisting of three CAE/CAS academicians and other top talents. With the collective efforts, we continue to make significant research progresses in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Cyborg Intelligence, Computer Graphics and Visualization, Cybersecurity, Blockchain and Distributed Computing. Our students have also made remarkable performances at the global stage, such as receiving the Distinguished Paper Awards at top-tier international conferences, wining world championships in ACM ICPC, etc.”


This year’s 95 ACM fellows were named for their distinctive contributions spanning such computer science disciplines as artificial intelligence, cloud computing, computer graphics, computational biology, data science, human-computer interaction, software engineering, theoretical computer science, and virtual reality, among other areas.


This year our task in selecting the 2020 Fellows was a little more challenging, as we had a record number of nominations from around the world,” explained ACM President Gabriele Kotsis and quoted from the ACM press release. “The 2020 ACM Fellows have demonstrated excellence across many disciplines of computing. These men and women have made pivotal contributions to technologies that are transforming whole industries, as well as our personal lives.

Prof. REN Kui was elected for contributions to wireless system security and cloud data security. He has published over 300 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences in the broad areas of cloud and outsourcing security, wireless and wearable system security, and artificial intelligence security, with total citations over 34,000 times and an H-index of 75. His research was also transferred into extensive industry applications in collaboration with leading tech firms such as Alibaba. Besides recognized as ACM Fellow, Prof. REN Kui is also an IEEE Fellow (2016), ACM Distinguished Member (2017) and Highly Cited Researcher (2020). He serves as the Vice Dean of the ZJU College of Computer Science and Technology and Dean of the School of Cyber Science and Technology.

Prof. ZHOU Kun was elected for contributions to computer graphics. Over the years, He has conducted a wide range of research on shape modeling, real-time rendering, GPGPU computing, digital avatars and 3D printing. These lines of research have led to over 60 publications in ACM SIGGRAPH/TOG and more than 50 granted patents. His technologies have been adopted by nearly 1000 companies all over the world. He was also named one of the world's top 35 young innovators by MIT Technology Review (2011) and elected as an IEEE Fellow (2015). 


 “Being recognized as ACM Fellow is a great honor for me. I am extremely humbled and feel very grateful to my students and collaborators.” Said REN Kui. “Pursuing innovative research ideas and making real-world impacts have always been my motivation both as an individual and as the director for the institute that I founded at Zhejiang University. I also would like to thank many colleagues all over the world for their congratulating messages.”


I am honored to receive this prestigious recognition from ACM. ”Said ZHOU Kun. “I hope I can contribute more creative ideas and works to the field that eventually impact industries and the world in the future.”


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About ACM

Founded in 1947, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is the world's largest educational and scientific computing society. It has nearly 100,000 members and its publications consist of some of the most respected academic journals in the field of information. The Turing Award, awarded by ACM (A.M. Turing Award), is widely recognized as the Nobel Prize in the computer sciences world.

The ACM Fellows program recognizes the top 1% of ACM Members for their outstanding accomplishments in computing and information technology. Fellows are nominated by their peers, with nominations reviewed by a distinguished selection committee. By 2020, a total of 1,316 scholars worldwide had been elected as ACM Fellows. Among them, only 9 fellows were from mainland Chinese universities (at the time of election).

The College of Computer Science and Technology educates future leaders in computer science with interdisciplinary innovation capabilities to address global challenges in the AI2.0 world.