Keynote 2: Tuesday (August 20) 9:00 - 10:00

Lidong Zhou

Assistant Managing Director of Microsoft Research Asia


The New Era of System Research: Transforming Computing for the Future


We are approaching a major paradigm shift in computing, where system research and innovations yet again have the opportunity of (re-)defining computing for the coming decades. In this talk, we will explore the major trends, the new challenges, and the potential frontiers for system research in the form of new foundations, new approach, and new methodology.


Lidong Zhou is an Assistant Managing Director of Microsoft Research Asia, where he oversees research in the system and networking area. His research interests are broadly in the theory and practice of computer systems, including distributed systems, storage systems, trusted distributed computing, and wireless communications and computer networks. Lidong serves on the editorial board of ACM Transactions on Computer Systems and ACM Transactions on Storage. He was the program co-chair for the 1st ACM Asia-Pacific Workshop on Systems (APSys 2010) and the general co-chair of the 26th ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles (SOSP 2017) in Shanghai, after years of effort to bring the top system conference to the Asia-Pacific region. Lidong received his Ph.D. and M.S. from Cornell University, and his B.S. from Fudan University, all in Computer Science.