Dr. Simon Lui is currently the Chief Audio Expert of the Central Media Technology Institute, 2012 Laboratories, Huawei. Simon received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), and B.Eng. in Information Engineering (minor in Music) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Simon was a Marie Curie Fellow in 2011, Visiting Assistant Professor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2012, Faculty of Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) in 2012-2017, and the Technical Director (T14) of Tencent Music in 2018-2021. His primary research interests are Music & AI.
Simon was one of the world first iOS app developers in 2008. He had 7 inventions on the iOS platform, including #1 best selling apps in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia and Canada iOS app store. His business story was reported by CNN international and featured on IEEE institute cover story.
Simon has over 15 years experience in the multimedia technology area, including DSP (e.g. super-resolution, noise cancellation, sound source separation), MIR (chord, pitch, onset identification, hit song prediction, song identification, query by humming), ASR (lyrics timestamp, voice age and gender identification) and TTS (singing voice synthesis, voice changer) with AI. Simon filed 34 patents, and published more than 60 papers in top tier Academic conferences and journals, supervised 5 PhD students. Simon was the Champion in the MIREX 2019 competition – audio fingerprinting track, and established the first digital music quality standard documentation in China.
Simon was also an active musician. As an award winning violinist, guitarist, erhuist, and music arranger, Simon has been in leading role of hundreds of classical, pop music concert, CD recordings, game music writing and movie soundtrack production. Simon was the concert master of the Hong Kong Youth Strings, he lead the orchestral performance at the Tamar Site after the Hong Kong Handover Ceremony on 1-July-1997. Simon was an invited beatbox guest in Eason Chan、Andy Lau and Sammi Cheng’s concert, and the Hong Kong Champion of the ICMA singing competition 2005. Simon is a member of the Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong (CASH).