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Jian Pei


Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Jian Pei joined Duke in July 2022. He is a leading researcher in the areas of data science, big data, data mining, and database systems. Pei's expertise is in developing effective and efficient data analysis techniques for novel data-intensive applications, and transferring these techniques to products and business practices.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

He is one of the most-cited authors in data mining, database systems, and information retrieval. Since 2000, he has published a textbook, two monographs and over 270 research papers in refereed journals and conferences—which have been cited by more than 92,000 times in the literature.

His H-index is 86, according to Google Scholar. His research has generated impacts beyond academia—for example, his algorithms have been adopted by industry in production and popular open-source software suites.

Jian Pei’s professional leadership includes having served as the editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions of Knowledge and Data Engineering (TKDE),2013-2016, and chair of the Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery in Data (SIGKDD) of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

Among his awards are the 2017 ACM SIGKDD Innovation Award—the highest award for technical excellence in data science. He has also received the 2015 ACM SIGKDD Service Award, the 2014 IEEE ICDM Research Contributions Award, the British Columbia Innovation Council 2005 Young Innovator Award, one of just 100  NSERC 2008 Discovery Accelerator Supplements Awards, IBM Faculty Award (2006), KDD Best Application Paper Award (2008), ICDE Influential Paper Award (2018), PAKDD Best Paper Award (2014), PAKDD Most Influential Paper Award (2009), and IEEE Outstanding Paper Award (2007).

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  • PhD, Simon Fraser University
  • M.Eng, Jiao Tong University
  • B.Eng, Jiao Tong University

Research Interests

Data mining, data warehousing and online analytic processing (OLAP), database systems, bioinformatics

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Fellow, Royal Society of Canada (FRSC)
  • Fellow, Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE)
  • Fellow, ACM
  • Fellow, IEEE

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