Yan Lu is the Partner Research Manager of Media Computing Group, Microsoft Research Asia, where he leads the development of core technologies in the fields of real-time communication, computer vision, video analytics, audio enhancement, virtualization, and mobile-cloud computing. Since joining MSRA in 2004, he and his team have transferred many key technologies and research prototypes to Microsoft products such as Windows, Office, Xbox XDK, Kinect Studio, Teams and Skype, and Azure Media Service. From 2001 to 2004, Yan Lu was the team lead of video coding group in the JDL Lab, Institute of Computing Technology, China. From 1999 to 2000, he was with the City University of Hong Kong as a research assistant.
Yan Lu has published 100+ papers in the fields of multimedia and computer vision. He holds 30+ granted US patents. He contributed a number of key technologies to international standards such as MPEG-4, H.264/AVC, H.265/HEVC, and AOM AV1. He was also recognized as a key technical contributor and an editor of the first version AVS video standard. He won the State Technological Invention Award (second prize) of China in 2006.