Recently, Stanford University released a list of the world's top 2% scientists 2020. Chair Professor, Vice President (Research and Development), and the Dean of Graduate School, Prof Jia Weijia, was selected in the list of lifetime scientific impact (1960-2019). Prof Wang Tian from the Division of Science and Technology was selected for the 2019 science impact ranking.

The list selects the world's top 2% of scientists from nearly 7 million scientists. The ranking is divided into 22 fields and 176 sub-discipline fields and includes about 160,000 famous scientists from various fields. Being selected on the list means that the two UIC scholars have had a significant influence in their research and have made outstanding contributions to the development of their fields.

Prof Jia obtained his Doctorate of Science from the Polytechnic Faculty of Mons, Belgium. He was a Professor at the Department of Computer Science at the City University of Hong Kong. Between 2014 and 2017, he served as the Zhiyuan Chair Professor of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. From 2018 to June 2020, he served as Chair Professor at the University of Macau and the Deputy Director of State Key Laboratory of Internet of Things for Smart City.

Prof Jia Weijia

Prof Jia has long been engaged in the research of computer science, enjoying a high reputation in areas such as AI and Big Data, Men-Machines-Things Knowledge Graph Completions, Smart City and IoT Designs, Next Generation Networking and Communications, and Fog Computing. In acknowledgement of his scientific achievements, Prof Jia Weijia was elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), a distinguished member of the China Computer Federation (CCF). He is also a Member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

Prof Wang Qing-Guo

Prof Wang Qing-Guo, chair professor, was with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the National University of Singapore from 1992 to 2015. He was a Distinguished Professor at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa from 2015 to 2020. Prof Wang holds an A-rating from the National Research Foundation of South Africa and is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa. His research lies in Automation/AI, focusing on modelling, estimation, prediction, control, and optimisation.

Prof Wang has published seven research monographs and 350 technical papers in international journals, receiving nearly 19,000 citations with an h-index of 75 and i10-Index of 229. He was presented with the award of the most cited article of the top control journalAutomaticain 2006-2010. In addition, he was on the Thomson Reuters list of the highly-cited researchers 2013 in Engineering (1 out of 250 worldwide). Prof Wang currently serves as the Executive Associate Editor of theInternational Society of AutomationJournal and has supervised about 30 postdoctoral research fellows, about 40 PhD students and about 30 Master students.

Prof Wang Tian

Prof Wang Tian received his BEng and MEng degrees in computer science and technology from Central South University and his PhD degree in Computer Science from City University of Hong Kong. He is one of the earliest scholars in China to study edge computing. He was the chair of the China Computer Federation (CCF) Youth Computer Technology Forum (Xiamen) from 2018 to 2019.

Prof Wang's research covers a wide range of topics, including Internet of Things, Edge Computing, Mobile Computing. He has published over 200 papers in reputed high-level journals and conferences, including 20 IEEE/ACM Transactions papers, six CCF A papers, three ESI HOT papers, and two ESI HIGHLY cited papers (As the First Author). He has more than 6800 citations (H-Index is 41), according to Google Scholar. He has 27 patents and has managed three National Natural Science Projects and four provincial-level projects.