I will review the current status of gravitational microlensing, highlight some recent discoveries of extrasolar planets, and then discuss the field's future prospects, including the detection of stellar-mass black holes.
Shude MAO is the chair of the Department of Astronomy, Tsinghua University. He is on the board of the Thirty Meter Telescope, a committee member of the Future Science Prize and a promoter of the XPLORER Prize.
His research interests are mainly on the dynamics of galaxies, the structure of the Milky Way, gravitational lensing and searching for extrasolar planets with microlensing and transits. More recently, He is also interested in gravitational waves because of the first direct detection.