Po-Ning Chen (S'93-M'95-SM'01) was born in Taipei, R.O.C. in 1963. He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from National Tsing-Hua University, Taiwan, in 1985 and 1987, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from University of Maryland, College Park, in 1994.

From 1985 to 1987, he was with Image Processing Laboratory in National Tsing-Hua University, where he worked on the recognition of Chinese characters. During 1989, he was with Star Tech. Inc., where he focused on the development of finger-print recognition systems. After the reception of Ph.D. degree in 1994, he jointed Wan Ta Technology Inc. as a vice general manager, conducting several projects on Point-of-Sale systems. In 1995, he became a research staff in Advanced Technology Center, Computer and Communication Laboratory, Industrial Technology Research Institute in Taiwan, where he led a project on Java-based Network Managements. Since 1996, he has been an Associate Professor in Department of Communications Engineering at National Chiao-Tung University, Taiwan, and was promoted to a full professor since 2001. He was elected to be the Chair of IEEE Communications Society Taipei Chapter in 2006 and 2007, during which IEEE ComSoc Taipei Chapter won the 2007 IEEE ComSoc Chapter Achievement Awards (CAA) and 2007 IEEE ComSoc Chapter of the Year (CoY). He has served as the chairman of Department of Communications Engineering, National Chiao-Tung University, during 2007-2009. From 2012-2015, he becomes the associate chief director of Microelectronics and Information Systems Research Center, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan, R.O.C.

Dr. Chen received the annual Research Awards from National Science Council, Taiwan, R.O.C., five years in a row since 1996. He then received the 2000 Young Scholar Paper Award from Academia Sinica, Taiwan. His Experimental Handouts for the course of Communication Networks Laboratory have been awarded as the Annual Best Teaching Materials for Communications Education by Ministry of Education, Taiwan, R.O.C., in 1998. He has been selected as the Outstanding Tutor Teacher of National Chiao-Tung University in 2002. He was also the recipient of Distinguished Teaching Award from College of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Chiao-Tung University, Taiwan, in 2003. His research interests generally lie in information and coding theory, large deviation theory, distributed detection and sensor networks.