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Qiang Yang, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, has been elected a Fellow of the prestigious Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for his "contributions to understanding and application of intelligent planning, learning and data mining". Fellowship is one of the most prestigious honors the IEEE can bestow. Each year less than one out of every 1,000 IEEE members is elected to this, the Institute's highest grade of membership.
Professor Qiang Yang earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, USA in 1989. Prior to his work in Hong Kong in 2001, he was on the faculty of the University of Waterloo and Simon Fraser University, both in Canada. He was also a visiting scholar at Microsoft Research Asia and University of Washington during his sabbatical.
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