Wenfei Fan#


Wenfei Fan
Email:wenfei 'at' inf.ed.ac.uk
Membership Number:4467
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:UNITED KINGDOM
Section:INFORMATICS
Username:wfan
Elected:2017
Homepage: http://homepages.inf.ed.ac.uk/wenfei



Present and Previous Positions
  • 2006 - present Professor, Chair of Web Data Management, University of Edinburgh
  • 2006 - 2009 Research Scientist (consultant), Bell Laboratories, Alcatel-Lucent UK Ltd.
  • 2004 - 2005 Reader, University of Edinburgh
  • 2001 - 2005 Member of Technical Staff, Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, USA (on leave for part of 2004 - 2005)
  • 1999 - 2002 Assistant Professor, Temple University, USA (tenure approved in 2002; on leave from July 2001 - December 2002)
  • 1988 - 1993 Co-founder and CTO, Huaguang Software Ltd, China

Fields of Scholarship
  • Database systems
  • Database theory
  • Big data
  • Data quality
  • Constraint theory and applications
  • Web data management

Honours and Awards
  • 2015 ERC Advanced Grant (for "exceptional established research leaders to pursue ground-breaking, high-risk projects that open new directions in their respective research fields or other domains")
  • 2012 Fellow of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery)
  • 2011 Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (Scotland's National Academy)
  • 2009 National Distinguished Professor (China Research Chair) of the 1000-Talent Program, China
  • 2008 The Roger Needham Award, the British Computer Society (BCS), UK
  • 2007 Yangtze River Scholar, Ministry of Education, China
  • 2003 Distinguished Overseas Young Scholar Award, NSFC, China, 2003
  • 2001 NSF Career Award, USA
  • Awards for research papers:
    • 2017 Best Paper Award, ACM SIGMOD Conference on Management of Data (SIGMOD is the premier database systems conference)
    • 2015 The Alberto O. Mendelzon Test-of-Time Award , ACM Symposium on Principles of Database Systems (PODS, for papers with the highest impact over 10 years; PODS is the premier database theory conference)
    • 2014 Runner-up Best Paper Award for ICDE
    • 2010 The Alberto O. Mendelzon Test-of-Time Award, ACM PODS
    • 2010 Best Paper Award, International Conference on Very Large Data Bases (VLDB is the leading international all-round database conference)
    • 2007 Best Paper Award, IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE is a leading database systems conference)
    • 2002 The Best Paper of the Year Award, Computer Networks
    • 2001 Merit Award, International World Wide Web Conference (WWW)

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