Dr. Pinyan Lu is a professor and the founding director of Institute for Theoretical Computer Science at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (ITCS@SUFE). Before joining SUFE, he was a researcher at Microsoft Research. He is also a Chair Professor at Computer Science Department and Zhiyuan College of Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He studied in Tsinghua University (BS (2005) and PhD (2009) both in Computer Science). He is interested in theoretical computer science, including complexity theory, algorithms design and algorithmic game theory. Currently, his research is mainly focused on complexity and approximability of counting problems, and algorithmic mechanism design.