Chief Technology Officer
Born in Shanghai, Professor Yum received primary and secondary school education in Hong Kong and Macau. He was awarded B.S., M.S., MPh and Ph.D. degrees by Columbia University, the US in 1974, 1975, 1977 and 1978 respectively. He started his professional career by joining Bell Telephone Laboratories in April 1978, where he had been working on switching and signaling systems for two and a half years. He assumed the position of Associate Professor at National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan in 1980 and joined The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) two years later. He was the founding director of the Information Engineering program, and was appointed chairman of Information Engineering Department twice and elected Dean of Engineering for two terms (2004-2010) at CUHK. Since June 1, 2010 he took no-pay leave from CUHK to serve as CTO of ASTRI. Currently, he is also Professor of Information Engineering of the university.
Professor Yum has published widely in Internet research with contributions to routing, buffer management, deadlock handling, message resequencing and multi-access protocols. He also branched out to work on cellular network, lightwave networks, video distribution networks and 3G networks. Recently he has directed his research efforts in the areas of RFID, sensor networks and wireless positioning technologies. His diverse industrial experience includes Bell Labs, Bellcore (now Telcordia), IBM Research, Motorola Semiconductors, Industrial Technology Research Institute of Taiwan, SmarTone Communications and Radio-Television (Hong Kong).
He has also lectured extensively in major universities in China and was appointed Adjunct Professors at South East University, Zhejiang University and Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Since 2008 he has been appointed Chair Professor at the Institute for Theoretical Computer Science of Tsinghua University. Furthermore, he was appointed the Fulbright Hong Kong Distinguished Scholar for lecturing in US universities in 2006 and Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK for lecturing in UK universities in 2008. Together with his students Lei Zhu and Xu Chen respectively, he has been awarded the Best Paper Award of ACM MSWiM 2009 with a research paper entitled “The Optimization of Framed Aloha based RFID Algorithms” and the Honourable Mention Award (the first runner-up of the best paper award) in IEEE international conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics (ISI), 2010 with a paper entitled "Cross Entropy Approach For Patrol Route Planning In Dynamic Environments".
He was formerly an editor of IEEE Transactions on Multimedia. Currently, he is an editor of the IEEE Transactions on Communications and Senior Technical Editor of IEEE Communications Magazine. Since 2008, he has also served on the Awards Committee of IEEE Communications Society.