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Kai CHEN: Be Persistent, Never Give Up
Date: 2021-10-29
Source: WLA
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Q & A with WLA

Q: What is your early inspiration of doing science?
A: I was born in a rural village surrounded by mountains; when I was very little, I dreamed of going out and exploring new things outside.

Q: Do you have any scientific hero(es)? If so, how did he/she inspire you? 
A: Alan Turing. He is truly one of the greatest scientists who change the world of computing. My recent research project TACC - "Turing AI Computing Cloud", a high-performance AI computing platform for Hong Kong Smart City research, is named in memory of Turing.

Q: What is the best advice that you have received?
A: Be persistent, never give up.

Q: What is your greatest achievement so far?
A: We designed the first all-optical data center architecture to support big data, cloud computing and AI applications.

Q: What is your research goal?
A: My research goal is to build a high-performance, secure, and energy-efficient infrastructure to connect distributed data silos so as to enable more AI innovations.

Q: What is the best part of your job?
A: Educate my students and see every single achievement they made in their research.

Q: Would you like to share with us some of your unforgettable experience?
A: In our research field, the best conference is ACM SIGCOMM, I still clearly remember how excited I was when my first paper was accepted by ACM SIGCOMM and recognized as the best paper candidate eleven years ago.