University Professor Ming Li elected Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering

Monday, June 13, 2022

University Professor Ming Li has been elected to the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He is one of 47 Fellows in Canada, along with six international Fellows, who will be officially inducted into the Academy at a June 17, 2022 ceremony in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

University Professor Li was elected to the Academy for his significant research contributions that span many areas, including —

  • Building large-scale bioinformatics systems that have enabled modern proteomics projects worldwide
  • Contributing to designing an antibody sequencing pipeline that has helped the protein sequencing industry
  • Contributing to improving de novo peptide sequencing accuracy, a key step in developing personalized cancer immunotherapy
  • Contributing to modern information theory through his book, “An introduction to Kolmogorov complexity and its applications,” a widely read, cited and celebrated text coauthored with Paul Vitányi at Centrum Wiskunde and Informatica that has revolutionized people’s conception of information science and has seen wide applications across engineering and science

photo of University Professor Ming Li

University Professor Ming Li is known for his fundamental contributions to Kolmogorov complexity, bioinformatics, machine learning, and analysis of algorithms.

He received the prestigious E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship in 1996. He was named a University Professor by the University of Waterloo in 2009 and won the Killam Prize in 2010 for his contributions in computer science. He is the Canada Research Chair in Bioinformatics, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. In 2021, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Computer Science from CS-Can | Info-Can.

The Canadian Academy of Engineering was founded in 1987 and comprises more than 800 Fellows who have made outstanding contributions to engineering in Canada and around the world. Fellows have demonstrated their dedication to the application of science and engineering to advance social, environmental, economic and technical solutions.

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