Information Technology

Moderator: John Vu

Panelists: Karen Feinstein, David Lu, Jerome Pesenti, Xiaoliang Wei, Kevin Yin

 (Panelists are sorted by alphabetical order of the last name)


IT reSHAPEs the World

Information Technology has tremendously influenced our daily life in many aspects. In CMU-Summit 2015 the IT panel mainly covers the five of them, including:

  • Smart Home
  • Health Care
  • Autonomous Car
  • Portable Device
  • Education

John Vu (Moderator)


Director of the M.S. in Biotechnology Innovation and Computation Program


Distinguished Career Professor in the School of Computer Science


Former Chief Engineer and Technical Fellow, The Boeing Company


John Vu is the Director of the M.S. in Biotechnology Innovation and Computation program as well as Distinguished Career Professor in the School of Computer Science. John was a Chief Engineer and Technical Fellow (retired) at The Boeing Company where he led several successful programs including the integration of computer design systems for the 777, IT integration into Lean Manufacturing and various company wide software improvement initiatives. John has over 35 years of experience in software and systems development and has managed several large-scale integration programs in which the final products required the integration of in-house components with commercial off-the shelf products and outsourced suppliers.

John has participated in the development of several Capability Maturity Models (CMMIs) at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) and authored the software e-commerce model and the procurement model. He was a member of the IEEE Software Industry Advisory Board and has written many books and articles on software project and program management.

John received master's degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Nevada in addition to undergraduate degrees from Ohio University and Seattle Pacific University. He is also a lecturer at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley, Seattle University, the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and Tsinghua University.


Karen Feinstein


CEO, Jewish Healthcare Foundation


Dr. Feinstein is president and chief executive officer of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) and its two supporting organizations, the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI) and Health Careers Futures (HCF). Appointed the Foundation’s first president, Dr. Feinstein has made JHF and PRHI a leading voice in patient safety, healthcare quality and workforce issues. When Dr. Feinstein founded PRHI, it was among the nation’s first regional multi-stakeholder quality coalitions devoted simultaneously to advancing efficiency, best practices and safety in health care through the use of industrial engineering principles. Dr. Feinstein also founded Health Careers Futures to assist the region’s healthcare industry in attracting, preparing and retaining employees, and was a leader in the formation of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI), a national coalition of Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives that supports national policy efforts to improve healthcare quality and value. Dr. Feinstein is widely regarded as a national leader in healthcare quality improvement and often presents at national and international conferences. She is the author of numerous regional and national publications on quality and safety; she was the editor of the Urban & Social Change Review, and she is the editor of the book Moving Beyond Repair: Perfecting Health Care. Additionally, she has served on the faculties of Boston College and Carnegie Mellon University, and taught at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Feinstein has previously held executive posts at other nonprofits, including the United Way, and is a past president of Grantmakers In Health. She serves on a number of nonprofit and for-profit boards, including the board of directors and executive committee of NRHI; the board of directors of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, United Way of Allegheny County, Allegheny County Parks Foundation, and Institute of Politics; and as co-chair of the board of directors for the Pennsylvania Health Funders Collaborative. Dr. Feinstein earned her bachelor’s degree at Brown University, her master’s degree at Boston College and her doctorate at Brandeis University.


David Lu


Vice President – Business Solutions Development and Technology Development, AT&T Services, Inc.


David, Vice President – Business Solutions Development, is responsible for Business Sales and Contracting, Global Service Assurance, Managed Services Platforms, Field Operation Dispatching, and Business Billing Solutions at AT&T. He leads an organization with more than 3,000 people across the globe.

David is a well-respected leader in software architecture and engineering, network performance and traffic management, business solutions, large DB and big data implementation/mining/analytics, software reliability and quality, and network operations process engineering.

Since joining AT&T Bell Labs in 1987, he has served in various leadership positions at AT&T. He holds 31 patents and has frequently appeared as a guest speaker at technical and leadership seminars and conferences throughout the world.

He was admitted to the world renowned Shanghai Conservatory of Music but came to US to complete his college. He has an undergraduate degree in music, majoring in cello performance and graduate degree in Computer Science.


Jerome Pesenti


Vice President, Core Technology, IBM Watson


Jerome is Vice President, Core Technology, at IBM Watson. He leads a team of developers and researchers in charge of Watson Developer Cloud - a set of cognitive services that anybody, students, start ups or fortune 500 companies, can integrate through the cloud. Jerome joined IBM after its acquisition of Vivisimo, the innovative search solutions company he co-founded fourteen years ago. Before Vivisimo, Jerome was a visiting scientist at Carnegie Mellon University’s computer science department, carrying out research on document clustering, data mining and artificial intelligence. Jerome is a Carnegie Science Entrepreneur and Pittsburgh 40 under 40 awardee. He is an alumnus of the École Normale Supérieure in Paris with a Ph.D. in pure maths and degrees in philosophy and cognitive sciences.


Xiaoliang Wei


Co-founder of SmartStudy and SmartPigai


Co-founder of SmartStudy and SmartPigai, CEO and CIO, chief constructor of product and content, responsible for the construction and design of the SmartStudy platform, the standardization of the research and development of the teaching content, the data mining algorithm of the SmartStudy platform, and the design of the user behavioral analysis system. Builder of the teaching system of GRE and GMAT writing in China, chief instructor, published seven books on admissions tests. Former assistant to Vice President of Beijing New Oriental Vision Overseas Consulting Co., Ltd., New Oriental Education & Technology Group (NYSE: EDU), former Senior Manager of the administration center of the One-stop Service Department, New Oriental Education & Technology Group, founder and former director of, New Oriental Education & Technology Group. Graduated from the Research Institute for System Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University. Research fields: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Mining Algorithm, and Robot Visual Tracking Technology. Published four papers, including two on SCI retrieval, one on EI retrieval, and one on IEEE international conference.


Kevin Yin


CTO for Cisco Research & Development Center in Greater China


Co-Director of Tsinghua-Cisco Joint Research & Innovation Lab


Kevin Yin has been working in networking and communication industry for 24 years. He started his industrial career in Motorola Corp and Network General in U.S as software engineer and developer manager. Prior to joining Cisco, he worked in Bell Lab of Lucent technologies as the member of technical staff. His interests area in signaling, network architecture as well as IP multi-media system design.

In 1999, he was expatriated in AsiaPac and China as one of key architect for next generation network in Cisco, he participated the IP NGN network design and consulting work for customers in the region, his clients include China Telecom, China UniCom, China Network, Singtel, Hong Kong PCCW, Telecom Malaysia, Korea Telecom, Taiwan CHT, Tailand’s ToT, CAT and DTAC, Vietnam’s VNPT, Phillipine’s PLDT and PT Telkom. He become first Cisco Principle Engineer in Cisco AsiaPac, and he hold several U.S patents and authored multiple IETF drafts.

In past a few years, Kevin Yin focus on the advanced R&D in Cisco China and he lead the team to manage multiple-millions dollar research funds both inside Cisco China R&D as well as multiple Universities R&D programs. He published several papers on IP network, cloud computing, Mobile Internet, IPTV as well as Software Define Network (SDN), including co-authored book “next generation network technology”, He is one of frequently invited keynote speaker and panelist in industry forums in China and AsiaPac. He appeared as guest judge in CCTV “Win in China” program as well as several case competition programs in China. Currently, He servers as a member of China national IoT experts committee as well as China national cloud experts committee.