CHINA’S UNIQUE LANGUAGE, culture, governance practices, and research funding systems have had great impact on its Internet industry and technology development. For example, people in China seem less sen- sitive about privacy, which may be an important factor in the fast ac- ceptance of mobile payment systems; combining that with the huge
population of China could motivate many exciting technology innovations.
Some have speculated the Chinese government’s strict supervision of Internet
content and exclusion of some multinational competitors are important factors
in the development of China’s Internet industry, but it is difficult to assess the validity of such conjecture. In some non-content-based areas, such as e-commerce,
the sharing economy, and Internet travel agencies, Chinese Internet companies
have matched, and even surpassed, their international competitors.
For this special section, we invited contributors from a wide range of academic
and industry communities spanning the Chinese mainland, Macau, and Hong
Kong. We brainstormed article topics in a workshop in Beijing in March 2018.
The response was terrific, and the resulting collection of articles, while far from
comprehensive, offers an excellent snapshot of the most exciting computing
trends and activities in the China region.
We are pleased to present the China Region special section, which includes:
˲ A series of short articles (“Hot Topics”) that provide context and flavor of the
region’s distinctive growth, ranging from tech idols and computing culture to
˲ Longer articles that document some of the “Big Trends” shaping the computing landscape of the China region, ranging from financial technology and last-mile autonomous delivery to SuperAI and cloud bursting.
— Wenguang Chen and Xiang-Yang Li
China Regional Special Section Co-Organizers
Wenguang Chen is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Technology at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China,
and co-chair of ACM China Council.
Xiang-Yang Li is a professor and Executive Dean of the School of Computer Science and Technology at the University of
Science and Technology of China in Hefei, Anhui, China, and co-chair of ACM China Council.
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Welcome to the China
Region Special Section
Andrew A. Chien
DEPUTY TO THE
University of Science
and Technology of China
Members of the China Region Workshop. Top left: Tong Zhang, Haibo Chen, Xiaoyang
Wang, Hai Jin, Yuan Qi, Xiang-Yang Li, Xundong He, Wenguang Chen, Jing Xiao, Huaxia
Xia, Liang Yu, Chaoyang Lu. Seated from left: Lihan Chen, Hong Gao, Andrew A. Chien,
Yue Zhuge, and Yutong Lu.
Watch the co-organizers
discuss this section
in the exclusive