Portrait of Wei Chen

Wei Chen

Principal Researcher


My name is Wei Chen (陈 卫). I am a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research Asia, and the Chair of MSR Asia Theory Center. I am or was a Guest Professor in Tsinghua University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shenzhen University and an Adjunct Researcher in the Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. I am a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).

My main research interests include social and information networks, online learning, algorithmic game theory, distributed computing, and fault tolerance. My research work aims at connecting real-world applications and phenomena with theoretical foundations through mathematical and algorithmic tools. I have been as PC chairs, track chairs, and PC members of the top data mining, database, machine learning and artificial intelligence conferences, such as KDD, WSDM, WWW, SDM, SIGMOD, ICDE, NIPS, ICML, IJCAI, AAAI, ASONAM, etc. I am a Standing Committee member of the Technical Committee of Theoretical Computer Science, and a member of the Technical Committee of Big Data, of Chinese Computer Federation.

I have authored or co-authored two monographs on information and influence propagation modeling and algorithms:

I obtained my bachelor and master degrees from the Department of Computer Science and Technology, Tsinghua University, and my Ph.D degree from the Department of Computer Science, Cornell University. I worked for Oracle Corporation before joining MSRA.

I served as the captain of Tsinghua University Varsity soccer team, which won Beijing Inter-collegiate Championship twice in 1992 and 1993. I also served as the captain of the “Tsinghua Veterans” soccer team in North America, which won the championship title of the Annual North America Chinese Soccer Tournament twice in 1996 and 1997. I am still an active member of Tsinghua Forerunners (领跑) alumni soccer team, which won the Tsinghua Beijing Alumni Cup in 2012 and Tsinghua Beijing Alumni Premier League in 2018 and 2019.