Dr Heung-Yeung (Harry) Shum FREng

Executive Vice-President, Artificial Intelligence and Research, Microsoft Corporation USA

Dr Shum is responsible for driving the company’s overall artificial intelligence (AI) strategy and forward-looking research and development efforts spanning infrastructure, services, apps and agents. He oversees AI-focused product groups including Bing and Cortana. He also leads Microsoft Research. Previously, Dr. Shum served as the corporate Vice-President responsible for Bing search product development from 2007 to 2013.

Prior to his engineering leadership role at Bing and online services, he oversaw the research activities at Microsoft Research Asia and the lab’s collaborations with universities in the Asia Pacific region.

Dr Shum is an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Fellow and an Association for Computing Machinery Fellow for his contributions to computer vision and computer graphics. He received his PhD in robotics from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. In 2017, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering of the United States.