Jan-Ming Ho received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and computer science from Northwestern University in 1989. He received his M.S. at Institute of Electronics of National Chiao Tung University in 1980 and his B.S. in electrical engineering from National Cheng Kung University in 1978. Dr. Ho joined the Institute of Information Science, Academia Sinica as an Associate Research Fellow in 1989, and was promoted to Research Fellow in 1994. In 2000-2003, he served as Deputy Director of the institute. In 2004-2006, he had served as Director General of the Division of Planning and Evaluation, Nationa Science Council. He visited IBM’s T. J. Watson Research Center in summer 1987 and summer 1988, the Leonardo Fibonacci Institute for the Foundations of Computer Science, Italy, in summer 1992, and the Dagstuhl Seminar on Applied Combinatorial Methods in VLSI/CAD, Germany, in 1993.
Dr. Ho’s research interests cover the integration of theory and applications, including combinatorial optimization, information retrieval and extraction, multimedia network protocols, bioinformatics, and digital library and archive technologies. Dr. Ho also published results in the field of VLSI/CAD physical design.
He has served as board member of several NPOs including Institute of Information and Computing Machinery (IICM), Frontier Foundation, Taiwan, Y.T. Lee Foundation Science Education for All, WuSanLien Foundation on Taiwanese History. He had served as President of IICM in 2007-2009 and President of Software Liberty Association Taiwan (SLAT) in 2004-2008.