Panel Discussion: Fostering Interdisciplinary Talents


October 30, 2014


Tim Pan, Peng Gong, David S. Rosenblum, Jeong Kap-Young, and Jeannette Wing


MSRA, Tsinghua University, National University of Singapore, Yonsei University, MSR



Tim Pan, Peng Gong, David S. Rosenblum, Jeong Kap-Young, and Jeannette Wing

Dr. Tim Pan is university relations director of Microsoft Research Asia, responsible for the lab’s academic collaboration in the Asia-Pacific region.

Tim Pan leads a regional team with members based in China, Japan, and Korea engaging universities, research institutes, and certain relevant government agencies. He establishes strategies and directions, identifies business opportunities, and designs various programs and projects that strengthen partnership between Microsoft Research and academia.

Tim Pan earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. He has 20 years of experience in the computer industry and has co-founded two technology companies. Tim has a great passion for talent fostering. He served as a board member of St. John’s University (Taiwan) for 10 years, offered college-level courses, and wrote a textbook about information security. Between 2005 and 2007, Tim worked for Microsoft Research Asia as a university relations manager for Taiwan and Hong Kong. He rejoined Microsoft Research Asia in 2012.

David S. Rosenblum is professor of Computer Science and Dean of the School of Computing at the National University of Singapore, where he also directs the Felicitous Computing Institute. He received his PhD from Stanford University in 1988, and he was previously a research scientist at AT&T Bell Laboratories (Murray Hill); associate professor at the University of California, Irvine; principal architect and chief technology officer of PreCache (a technology startup funded by Sony Music); and professor of Software Systems at University College London. His research interests are centered on problems in the design, analysis, and testing of large-scale distributed software systems and ubiquitous computing systems. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology (ACM TOSEM). In 2002 he received the ICSE Most Influential Paper Award for his ICSE 1992 paper on assertion checking, and in 2008 he received the first ACM SIGSOFT Impact Paper Award with Alexander L. Wolf for their ESEC/FSE 1997 paper on Internet-scale event notification. He has been the recipient of an NSF CAREER grant in the United States and a Wolfson Research Merit Award from the Royal Society in the United Kingdom. He is a fellow of the ACM and IEEE and a senior member of the Singapore Computer Society, and he is the past chair of the ACM Special Interest Group in Software Engineering (ACM SIGSOFT).

Kap-Young Jeong, Ph.D., is an economist with expertise in the fields of industrial organization, public policy, and East Asian economy, as well as a visionary educator and education administrator.

After graduating from Yonsei University, Kap-Young Jeong obtained his master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and his doctoral degree in Economics from Cornell University. Since becoming a professor at Yonsei University in 1986, he has focused his research on areas of industrial organization, public policy, and East Asian economy.

For his research accomplishments in economics, he has been listed in the Marquis Who’s Who in the World and has received a wide range of awards such as the Dasan Economics Award from Hankyung Economic Daily, as well as the Economist of the Year from Maeil Economic Daily.

Jeong has held a variety of posts, including president of the Korea Academic Society of Industrial Organization, president of the Korea Association for Comparative Economics, commissioner of Korea Communications Commission, Distinguished Research Fellow of the Samsung Economics Research Institute, chairman of The Center for Free Enterprise and guest editorial writer for The Dong-A Ilbo. Currently, he is an editor at the Global Economic Review (SSCI Journal, Published by Institute of East and West Studies, Yonsei University). He also serves as member and chair of the Policy Planning Committee under the Ministry of Justice, as well as the member of the Macroeconomy and Finance Subcommittee Chairperson under the National Economic Advisory Council.

His major scholarly publications include The Third Capital (2009, Samsung Economic Research Institute), Industrial Organization Theory (2009, Ed. 6, Pakyoungsa), Comparative Analysis of Korea and Japan’s Economic Development and Political Environment (Joint authorship; 2003, Jipmoondang), and many more.

He has shared his economics expertise with public—and even children—by publishing a series of educational books and cartoons including Nine is Greater Than Ten, A Coin for Charon, and Economics Read with Cartoons. He makes regular appearances on a variety of television shows such as Economics in My Hand at MBC, Economics Focus at KBS, and TV Column at SBS.

In addition to his profession as an economist, Professor Kap-Young Jeong has demonstrated outstanding capabilities as an educational administrator. At Yonsei University, he has held various posts such as the dean of Academic Affairs, dean of the Graduate School of Information, and senior vice president of Wonju Campus. He has served as president of Yonsei University since February 2012.

Jeannette Wing has recently joined Microsoft Research as Vice President and Head of Microsoft Research International, with responsibilities for laboratories in India, China, and England. She was on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon (1985-2012), where she twice served as Head of the Computer Science Department and as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; and at the University of Southern California (1983-1985). From 2007 to 2010 she was Assistant Director of the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation.

Her research focuses on the foundations of trustworthy computing, in particular on the science of security and privacy. Except for when she was at NSF, she was on Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Academic Advisory Board since its inception in 2003. She promotes a vision that computational thinking—an approach to problem solving, designing systems and understanding human behavior that draws upon concepts fundamental to computer science—can transform the conduct of all disciplines. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the AAAS, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.