Dr. Ming Zhou is an Assistant Managing Director of Microsoft Research Asia and research manager of the Natural Language Computing Group. He is the president (election manifesto) of Association of Computational Linguistics (ACL). He is the chair of the Chinese Computer Federation’s (CCF) Chinese Information Technology Committee and an executive member of the Chinese Information Processing Society (CIPS). With his relentless efforts of decades, he made important contribution to the promotion and development of NLP, especially in China.

In 1989 he designed the CEMT-I machine translation system, the first experiment on Chinese-English machine translation obtaining the government’s science and technology advancement prize in Mainland China. In 1998, he designed the famous Chinese-Japanese machine translation software product J-Beijing in Japan which was later deployed in J-Server, a popular translation service in Japan that won the Makoto Nagao Award given by the Japan Machine Translation Association in 2008. He is the leader of the renowned AI gaming of Chinese Couplets/Poetry Generation and Riddles (http://duilian.msra.cn), MS Windows IME for Chinese and Japanese, and the English Assistance Search Engine, Engkoo, which won the Wall Street Journal’s 2010 Asian Innovation Readers’ Choice Award and was packaged into Bing in 2011 as Bing Dictionary (http://cn.bing.com/dict/), and Engkoo cloud IME which was packaged as Bing IME in 2012. In 2008, the system submitted by a joint team from MSR-NLP Group, his Group and NRC and SRI obtained the top ranking in NIST Chinese-English machine translation evaluation, and the system submitted from his group obtained the 2nd ranking in NIST English-Chinese machine translation evaluation. In recent years, his group made important breakthrough in Machine Reading Comprehension (SQuAD) tasks, as the first systems reaching human-parity on both metrics of exact matching and fuzzy matching.