Professor Chung-Jen Tan

Professor Mr. Chung-Jen Tan

Founding Director

Prof Tan is the founding Director of the E-Business Technology Institute (ETI) of The University of Hong Kong. He also served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Hong Kong R&D Center for Logistics and Supply Chain Management Enabling Technologies (LSCM R&D Centre) since the founding of the LSCM till Sept., 2011. LSCM was established in 2006 by the government of HK SAR and charged with the mission to conduct research and develop relevant technical solutions to serve the industries in Hong Kong. Current professional interest of Prof Tan concerns mostly with the research and technology transfer of practical solutions in areas such as Logistics and Supply Chain Management, RFID and Internet of Things(IoT) technologies and applications that are relevant to the Greater China region. He also serves as a member of the board of E-business Solutions Limited (EBSL), a wholly owned technology and solutions transfer company of the University of Hong Kong.

Before joining the University of Hong Kong in September 1999, Prof Tan served as Senior Manager at IBM Research in US, responsible for managing e-business application-related research activities. His research at IBM dealt with the architecture and machine design for high performance computing systems, and later, the application of these systems for e-business solutions. This research resulted in the highly successful launch of the IBM parallel computer, the RS/6000 SP. In 1997, he led the IBM Deep Blue team in the historic match against the world chess champion Garry Kasparov.

Prof. Tan actively participates in research collaborations with universities in China, serving as Adjunct Professor at Shanghai Jiaotong University, Chongqing University, China Central University of Science and Technology, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, South China University of Science and Technology, and Harbin Institute of Science and Technology. He also serves as the Guest Professor at Zhejiang University, and holds the dual positions of Visiting IBM Chair Professorship at the Dept. of Computer Science and the School of Business at the University of Hong Kong.

Prof Tan is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences. He received the BSEE degree from Seattle University in 1963 and his Doctor of Engineering Science degree from Columbia University, New York, in 1969.