On April 28, 2022, the world's first list of High Potential AI Chinese Young Scholars released by Baidu was officially announced. Dr Sun Yuxiang, a young scholar from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, was included into the list (in the field of AI+X, a total of 50 young scholars from all over the world were selected)!
The selection is based on 186,963 papers and the information of 89,324 scholars from all over the world. By using big data mining technology with three metrics (academic performance, academic influence and academic potential index), 100 high-potential young scholars were selected from the classical fields of AI (Machine Learning, Data Mining, Computer Vision and Natural Language Processing), and 50 high-potential young scholars were selected from the interdisciplinary fields of AI (AI+X). The 150 young scholars have made outstanding contributions in the fields of AI. Their research focuses on cutting-edge hot topics in academic and industry, such as autonomous driving, quantum computing, dialogue systems, and biological computing, etc.
According to reports, the 150 AI Chinese Young Scholars are from 98 top universities or institutions around the world. The top 10 universities or institutions with the most selected young scholars are Tsinghua University (8 scholars), Google (8 scholars), Chinese Academy of Sciences (7 scholars), Microsoft (including Microsoft Research Asia, 7 scholars), University of Hong Kong (4 scholars), Shanghai Jiao Tong University (3 scholars), Carnegie Mellon University (3 scholars), University of California San Diego (3 scholars), Columbia University (3 scholars), Facebook (3 scholars).
The selection of the AI Chinese Young Scholars aims to encourage young scholars in the fields of artificial intelligence to make more influential achievements, and to identify high-potential and high-influential Chinese young technical leaders.
Dr Sun joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2020. His is now leading a research lab with 1 Postdoctoral research fellow, 7 PhD students, and 2 Master students. One PhD student successfully won the highly-competitive Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) award in the 2021/2022 academic year. Dr Sun currently serves as an associate editor of the top-tier robotics journal and conferences: IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L), IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), and IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS).