Wei Tan is a Research Staff Member at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, USA. His research is on computer software, specifically on big data, distributed data management and workload optimized systems. His research results have been incorporated into IBM patent portfolio and software products such as BigInsights and Cognos. He also holds an adjunct professor position at Department of Automation, Tsinghua University, Beijing. He is an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering.
From 2008 to 2010 he was a researcher at Computation Institute, University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory. At that time he led caGrid Workflow Toolkit, a web-service-based scientific workflow platform for cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid (caBIG), funded by US National Cancer Institute. This system has been adopted by many major US bioinformatics projects, and he got two awards from US National Institute of Health and one award from US Argonne National Laboratory for his contribution and leadership in this project.
He has published over 50 journal and conference papers, and a monograph “Business and Scientific Workflows: A Web Service-Oriented Approach” (272 pages, Wiley-IEEE Press). He served in program committee of many conferences and co-chaired several conferences/workshops. He received the Best Paper Award from IEEE International Conference on Services Computing (2011), Pacesetter Award from Argonne National Laboratory (2010), and caBIG Teamwork Award from the National Institute of Health (2008). He is member of ACM and senior member of IEEE. He got his Ph.D in Control Science and Engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.