Dr Wang Jian

Chairman of Alibaba Technology Committee, founder of Alibaba Cloud and the 2050 Volunteer

About me

Chairman of Alibaba Technology Committee, founder of Alibaba Cloud and the Volunteer of 2050.

In September 2008, Dr Wang joined Alibaba Group as Chief Architect, responsible for the group’s technology architecture and construction of technology platforms.

In September 2009, he founded Alibaba Cloud and took on the role of president, leading a team to develop a large scale distributed computing system—Apsara. He also oversaw the construction of an Internet scale, general purpose computing platform and completed the commercialization of cloud computing services. In the same year, he began implementing Alibaba Group’s de-IOE strategy.

Starting in August 2010, he led a team to incubate and launch YunOS, a commercial operating system to be used for cars, mobile phones, televisions and other smart devices.

In September 2012, Dr Wang became Alibaba’s Chief Technology Officer. In 2014, he established the Institute of Data Science & Technologies (iDST), with locations spanning Hangzhou and Seattle, to conduct prospective studies.

In early 2013, he launched Yunqi Cloud Town in Hangzhou to give young people a unique environment in which to innovate and start companies.

In April 2016, he proposed the concept and framework of the City Brain, and began working on the world’s first City Brain project in Hangzhou. Just like electricity and roadways, the City Brain will become a new form of infrastructure for cities of the future.

In August 2017, Dr Wang launched Xuelang Town in Wuxi, to promote the integration of manufacturing and the Internet, and encourage the Internet and data to become a new foundation for manufacturing.

Before joining Alibaba, Dr Wang served as deputy head of Microsoft’s Asia research institute standing committee. Before that, he was a professor of Psychology, doctoral adviser and department head at Hangzhou University and Zhejiang University.

In 2014, he was listed as one of the China Central Television Top 10 Nationwide Science and Technology Innovators of the Year.

Dr Wang Jian

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