Dr. Fan received his B.S. degree from NanKai University in 1984，and received his PhD degree in Institute of Software, Chinese Academy of Sciences（CAS）in 1990. He worked at institute of computing technology from 1990 to 2006, where he served as deputy chief engineer of national research center for intelligent computing systems，director of National Engineering Center on High Performance Computing and deputy director of institute of computing technology. Since 2006, he served as Director of Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology, CAS.
His research interests include high performance computing, Grid computing, and computer architecture. He designed and developed a series supercomputer including Dawning I, Dawning 1000, Dawning 3000 and Dawning 4000. He has been a Principal Investigator of 21 projects funded by both government and industries. Based on his research work, he has published more than 118 papers and acquired 23 pending or issued patents. He has received many awards, such as outstanding award of CAS science and technology progress, first price of national science and technology progress，first price of Beijing science and technology progress, the outstanding young scientist of CAS, and the national talent of New Century talent program.
He has actively participated in various professional activities. He served as editor of journal of integration technology, joint professor in Nankai University, council member of china digital library consultant committee, Advisor of 11th five years science and technology development plan of ministry of information industry, general chair of HPC China2007,GCC2008,PAKDD 2011, CNCC 2011, the The mayor award of Shenzhen 2013.