Prof. Lei Jiao Receives Prestigious NSF CAREER Award

Assistant Professor Lei Jiao has won the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The CAREER award is the NSF's most prestigious award in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.

The five-year grant of $510,814 will support Dr. Jiao's project "Orchestrating Edge Infrastructures and Mobile Devices under Uncertainty to Provision Edge AI as a Service". Artificial Intelligence (AI) is often trained by data first, and then used to perform inference upon data which may have never been seen. Today's AI services are mostly trained in remote data centers and accessed via the Internet. However, increasingly, as large volumes of training data are generated by end users and inference tasks are also performed on premises, AI needs to be moved to the network edge in closer proximity to users. In this project, Dr. Jiao and his group will address this emerging paradigm shift by orchestrating the distributed computing and networking infrastructures and provisioning AI as a service from the network edge to serve large numbers of users at different locations.

Dr. Jiao's research interests are on the provisioning and orchestration of distributed computer and telecommunications systems, networks, and services, spanning edge computing, cloud computing, machine learning, network security, and a diversity of applications, including intelligent transportation, virtual reality, and social networks. Centering on the mathematics of optimization, control, learning, and mechanism design, he designs algorithms to solve a variety of problems, such as resource allocation, service placement, training control, job scheduling, content caching, mobility accommodation, energy saving, and economic incentives.

Before joining the University of Oregon, Dr. Jiao used to work as a member of technical staff at Nokia Bell Labs in Dublin, Ireland and also as a researcher at IBM Research in Beijing, China. He received the Ph.D. degree in computer science from the University of Göttingen, Germany. For more information, please visit Dr. Jiao's website.