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Harry Shum

Harry Shum
Born Heung-Yeung Shum
1966/1967 (age 47–48)[1]
Residence Bellevue, Washington
Alma mater Carnegie Mellon University
Occupation Executive Vice President, Technology & Research
Employer Microsoft
Awards IEEE Fellow, ACM Fellow

Heung-Yeung "Harry" Shum (born 1966 or 1967)[1] is Executive Vice President, Technology & Research at Microsoft.[2] He is known for his research on computer vision and computer graphics,[3] and for the development of web search engine Bing.


  • Early life and education 1
  • Career 2
  • Research 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Early life and education

Shum grew up in Shanghai, China.[4] He studied at Carnegie Mellon University[4] and earned a Ph.D. in robotics from its School of Computer Science in 1996.


In 1996, Shum joined Microsoft Research in Redmond. He then moved to Microsoft Research China (later renamed Microsoft Research Asia) when it was founded in 1998. In 2004, he became the Managing Director of Microsoft Research Asia. In 2006, he was promoted to Distinguished Engineer of Microsoft Corporation. In 2007, he became Corporate Vice President of Bing Product Development at Microsoft. In 2013, he took on the responsibilities as Microsoft's Executive Vice President, Technology & Research including oversight of Microsoft Research.[5]


Shum has published over 200 papers at international conferences and journals. Most of them are focused on computer graphics and computer vision. He is a pioneer and proponent of research on interactive computer vision.[6] He has published many important interactive computer vision papers on ACM SIGGRAPH. He was also active in Image-based modeling and rendering, which is an important field in realistic computer graphics.[7] In recent years, since he worked on Bing he has been active in web search and data mining research.

Shum was named IEEE Fellow by Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in 2006.[8] In 2007, he was recognized as ACM Fellow by Association for Computing Machinery for his contributions to computer vision and computer graphics.[9]


  1. ^ a b Fitzpatrick, Dan (November 26, 2006). "As CMU Internet experts discover, China's growing prosperity abets more freedoms, but there are limits". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Harry Shum, a 39-year-old CMU grad who runs Microsoft's Chinese research lab in Beijing 
  2. ^ "Harry Shum". Microsoft Corporation. 
  3. ^ "Harry Shum". Microsoft Research. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Heim, Kristi (April 27, 2011). "Harry Shums of the world find many ways to succeed". Seattle Times. Shum, 44, grew up in Shanghai and came to the U.S. in 1991 to study robotics at Carnegie Mellon University. He lives in Bellevue with his wife and two children. 
  5. ^ "Steve Ballmer email on new roles for Eric Rudder and Harry Shum". Microsoft. Retrieved 2013-11-13. 
  6. ^ "Human Intention Modeling and Interactive Computer Vision". IEEE.  
  7. ^ "Visual Computing -- Convergence of Computer Graphics and Computer Vision". Schloss Dagstuhl. Retrieved 2009-10-31. 
  8. ^ "IEEE - Fellows - S". Retrieved 2009-10-31. 
  9. ^ "ACM: Fellows Award / Harry Shum". Retrieved 2009-10-31. 

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