Dr. Dezhong Yao is a distinguished professor at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC). He is the founder and Director of the Key Laboratory for NeuroInformation of Ministry of Education (MOE) of China (2009-), the International Joint Research Center for NeuroInformation of Ministry of Science and Technology of China (2013-), and the founder and Dean of the School of Life Science and Technology at UESTC (2001-2017).
He received his first PhD degree from Chengdu University of Technology in 1991 and his second PhD degree from Denmark Aalborg University in 2005. He was a visiting scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA (1997.9-1998.8), and a visiting professor at McMaster University, Canada (2000.11-2001.5) and Aalborg University, Denmark (2013.10-2014.3).
His main contributions are on EEG and simultaneous EEG-fMRI data analysis, such as zero EEG reference (REST), cloud platform WeBrain for big EEG data, brain-computer interface, brain-music interaction, brain-action video game interaction, and multimodal imaging study of Epilepsy and Schizophrenia. The zero EEG reference (REST) has been recommended by international academic organizations (IFCN, OHBM) and incorporated into mainstream software like EEGLAB and Fieldtrip.
He is the author of 5 monographs and more than 300 publications, cited more than 12600 times, with a h-index of 57 and a i10-index of 284. He has acted as editor or associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, Brain Topography, Physics in Medicine and Biology, Physiological Measurement, Journal of Neural Engineering, and Journal of Neuroscience methods, inter alia. He chaired the 11th BCW (2012), 4th BaCI (2019), 20th IOP (2021). He is one of the main drivers of the China-Canada-Cuba (CCC) joint Brain aging project, a steering committee member of the Global Brain Consortium, president of the Chinese EEG consortium and vice-president of the Chinese Society of Biomedical Engineering.
He obtained several international and national awards and honors, including Roy John Award of Electroencephalography and Clinical Neuroscience Society, Fellow of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), Most Cited Chinese Researchers of Elsevier (each year 2014 to 2018), Top 2% scientist in Neuroscience in both lists of “Career” and “Single Calendar Year” (2020, 2021), Distinguished Young Scholars of China Natural Science Foundation, and ChangJiang Scholars of MOE, Natural Science Award of MOE, and National Excellent Teachers of MOE.