ZHOU Aoying was born in May 1965 in Langxi, Anhui Province. Zhou is currently vice president of ECNU, president of the School of Postgraduates, a professor with School of Computer Science and Software Engineering, a Ph. D. supervisor, and a member of the 7th State Council Discipline Appraisal Group.

Work Experience
Zhou received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in computer application in Chengdu Science and Technology University, which has been renamed Sichuan University, in 1985 and 1988, respectively. From 1988 to 1990, he worked as an assistant professor in computer in the university. After receiving a Ph. D. degree in computer science in Fudan University in 1993, he stayed on to teach and was promoted to be an associate professor in Fudan in May 1995 and professor in 1997. He became a Ph. D. supervisor in computer software and theory in January 1998. Between March 1996 and July 2002, he served as vice director of the Faculty of Computer Sciences before being promoted to be the director. In 2005, he went to the University of California, Berkeley in the United States as a visiting scholar, financially supported by the “Berkeley Scholar” project. He was transferred to work in ECNU in February 2009, taking the posts of vice dean of the School of Computer Science and Software Engineering, executive vice dean of the school, dean of the School of Data Science and Engineering, and director of the Cloud Computing and Big Data Research Institute. He became dean of the School of Graduates in July 2015 and vice president of ECNU this June.

Major Academic Achievements
Zhou is an expert in the fields of data management and application research, with a keen interest in web data management, data-intensive computing, in-memory cluster computing, big data benchmarking and performance optimization. He won many honors, such as the National Science Funds for Distinguished Young Scholars, Yangtze River Scholars Distinguished Professor, Shanghai ¡°Phosphor¡± Science Foundation, Shanghai Academic Pacemaker, and the Trans-Century Training Program Foundation for Talents from the Ministry of Education of China. He enjoys the State Council special allowances, was awarded by Henry Fok Young Teachers Fund, and won six second prizes of the Ministry of Education and Shanghai Science and Technology Progress Awards. He is now vice director of the China Computer Federation Technical Committee on Databases, vice chairman of ACM SIGMOD China, and vice editor-in-chief of the Chinese Journal of Computers. He acted a member of the editorial boards of publications such as VLDB Journal, Journal of Computer Science and Technology, Data Science and Engineering, and World Wide Web Journal. He chaired the ER 2014 Conference and ICDE 2009, and was vice chairman of ICDE 2012 PC and VLDB 2014 PC.