Jan-Ming Ho received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and computer science from Northwestern University in 1989. He received his B.S. in electrical engineering from National Cheng Kung University in 1978 and his M.S. at Institute of Electronics of National Chiao Tung University in 1980. 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. 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. In 2004-2006, he had served as Director General of the Division of Planning and Evaluation, National Science Council.
Dr. Ho’s research interests cover the integration of theory and applications, including combinatorial optimization, information retrieval and extraction, multimedia network protocols and their applications, bioinformatics, open source, web services, and digital library and archive technologies. Dr. Ho has 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.
He had served as Associate Editor of IEEE Transaction on Multimedia. He was Program Chair of Symposium on Real-time Media Systems, Taipei, 1994 - 1998, General Co-Chair of International Symposium on Multi-Technology Information Processing, 1997 and will be General Co-Chair of IEEE RTAS 2001. He was also steering committee member of VLSI Design/CAD Symposium, and program committee member of several previous conferences including ICDCS 1999, and IEEE Workshop on Dependable and Real-Time E-Commerce Systems (DARE'98), etc. In domestic activities, he had been Program Chair of Digital Archive Task Force Conference, the First Workshop on Digital Archive Technology, Steering Committee Member of the 12th VLSI Design/CAD Symposium and International Conference on Open Source 2001, and is also Program Committee Member of the 13th Workshop on Object-Oriented Technology and Applications, the 8th Workshop on Mobile Computing, 2001 Summer Institute on Bio-informatics, and Workshop on Information Society and Digital Divide.