Qing Yang is Distinguished Engineering Professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering at University of Rhode Island where he has been a faculty member since 1988. He is a director of High Performance Computing Lab (HPCL) of URI and is a recipient of 8 accomplishment awards while serving at URI such as Faculty Excellence Award, Distinguished Engineering Professor Award, Outstanding Intellectual Property Award.
His research interests include computer architectures, memory and storage systems, computer networks, embedded computer systems and applications in neural-machine interface and biomedical engineering. He has published over 100 high quality technical articles in these research fields and held over a dozen issued patents and over a dozen pending applications. Majority of his patents have been licensed to computer industry with significant practical impact. Four high tech startup companies have been formed based on his patents. His latest startup, VeloBit, was based on his newly proposed concept: Content Locality, and was successfully acquired by Western Digital in July 2013.
He has graduated 11 PhD students, of whom 4 are faculty members at major universities and others are leading researchers in computer companies such as Intel, Xerox, and EMC.
Yang is a Fellow of IEEE. He has served in the professional society in various capacities including general chair of the ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA2011), IEEE international Conference on Network, Architecture, and Storage (NAS), IEEE Workshop on Storage Network Architecture and Parallel I/Os (SNAPI); IEEE Distinguished Speaker; Editor of IEEE Transactions; and Program Committee member of numerous international conferences. Besides being a principal investigator of many academic research projects, Yang has also done collaborative research with IBM, Intel, EMC, Freescale, and several startup companies in the Boston area.
He received his B.Sc. in computer science from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, in 1982, M.A.Sc. in electrical engineering from University of Toronto, Canada, in 1985, and Ph.D degree in computer Engineering from The Center for Advanced Computer Studies, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, in 1988.