In April 2022, Dr Pai Zheng was selected as one of the Top 50 Global AI Young Chinese Scholars, AI華人青年學者榜 (in the field of AI+X). Pai did his PhD in the LISMS group from 2013 to 2017 on the topic of “One-of-a-Kind Product Development for Mass Personalisation in a Cloud-Based Environment.

The Top 50 list was jointly released by Baidu Academic, Baidu (TIC), Complex Management System Laboratory of Tianjin University, and the Business Intelligence Center of the International Institute of Finance at the University of Science and Technology of China. The selection aims to encourage young scholars to make more influential contributions and identify high-potential young Chinese leaders in artificial intelligence.

The selection was based on 186,963 papers and information on 89,324 scholars worldwide, using big data mining technology. There were three criteria in selection: academic performance, academic influence and potential academic index. 100 high-potential young scholars were selected in the classical fields of AI (i.e. Machine Learning, Data Mining, Computer Vision and Natural Language Processing), and 50 high-potential young scholars were selected from the interdisciplinary areas of AI (AI+X).

The 150 selected AI Young Chinese Scholars were from 98 top universities or institutions worldwide. The top 10 universities or institutions with the most selected young scholars were Tsinghua University (8 scholars), Google (8 scholars), Chinese Academy of Sciences (7 scholars), Microsoft (including Microsoft Research Asia, 7 scholars), University of Hong Kong (4 scholars), Shanghai Jiao Tong University (3 scholars), Carnegie Mellon University (3 scholars), University of California San Diego (3 scholars), Columbia University (3 scholars), Facebook (3 scholars). These scholars have made outstanding achievements in cutting-edge domains such as autonomous driving, quantum computing, dialogue systems, biological computing, etc.

Dr Pai Zheng is currently an Assistant Professor, Wong Tit Shing Endowed Young Scholar in Smart Robotics and Lab-in-Charge of the Digitalized Service Laboratory (DSL) in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Hongkong Polytechnic University.