Jiangtao (Gene) Wen received the BS, MS and Ph.D. degrees with honors from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1992, 1994 and 1996 respectively, all in Electrical Engineering.
From 1996 to 1998, he was a Research Fellow at UCLA, where he conducted research on multimedia coding and communications. Many of his inventions were later adopted by international standards such as H.263, MPEG and H.264. Some of his inventions were licensed to Samsung in the largest patent licensing agreement in the history of the highly ranked UCLA School of Engineering. After UCLA, Dr. Wen worked as the co-founder and technical lead in a number startup companies. Since 2009, Dr. Wen has held a Professorship at the Department of Computer Science and Technology of Tsinghua University. He was a Visiting Professor at Princeton University.
Dr. Wen holds 35 granted US patents with numerous others pending. Among the numerous honors he received are the the 2010 IEEE Trans. CSVT Best Paper Award, a nomination for the 2016 IEEE Trans CSVT Best Paper Award, back-to-back gold medals in the 2018 and 2019 Salon International Des Inventions Geneva, the 2018 IEEE Capocelli Prize, Google Faculty Award 2018, 1st Place in the 2017 IEEE ICME Twitch Grande Challenge, Finalist for the World's First 10K Best Paper Award at ICME 2017, a 2016-2017 Asia Pacific Signal and Information Processing Association Distinguished Lecturer and the 2016 Frost & Sullivan Global Enabling Technology Leadership Award.
Dr. Wen was elected a Fellow of the IEEE in 2011. He is the Director of the Research Institute of the Internet of Things of Tsinghua University, and a Co-Director of the Ministry of Education Tsinghua-Microsoft Joint Lab of Multimedia and Networking and Apple-Tsinghua Joint Lab.
Besides teaching and conducting research, Dr. Wen also invests in high technology companies as an angel investor.