Baidu Launches Silicon Valley Research Lab, With Andrew Ng At The Helm.
The leading Chinese Internet search provider, Baidu, has recently announce their appointment of pioneering Artificial Intelligence (AI) researcher Andrew Ng as their Chief Scientist of Baidu. Mr.Ng shall be leading Baidu Research with labs based in Beijing and Silicon Valley.
Baidu made this recent announcement during the grand opening of its U.S. R&D Center based in Sunnyvale, California. The new facility includes research from Baidu’s currently existing development capabilities in Silicon Valley.
Mr.Ng has been widely regarded as a leading figure within the field of AI. He’s a faculty member in the Computer Science at Stanford University, where he teaches machine learning and has published his works extensively on tops related to robotics and AI. Andrew Ng founded and led Google’s Deep Learning team, and is also known for his work on developing massive scale artificial neural networks. Mr.Ng was also a co-founder of Coursera, which offers online courses from top universities, and will continue to retain his position as chairman of Coursera’s board.
“We are delighted to welcome Andrew to our team. As a true visionary and key contributor in the field of Artificial Intelligence, Andrew is the ideal individual to lead our research efforts as we enter an era where AI plays an increasingly pronounced role,” said Robin Li, Baidu’s chairman and chief executive officer.
The research labs are currently under the umbrella of Baidu Research are the Silicon Valley AI Lab, the Beijing Deep Learning Lab, (which is formerly known as the Institute of Deep Learning), and the Beijing Big Data Lab.
“Baidu Research and its labs will bring together top-flight Chinese, American, and global research talent to advance Baidu’s technological leadership,” said Jing Wang, Baidu’s senior vice president. “We are confident that our new U.S. R&D Center will help bring the benefits of tomorrow’s technology to industry and more broadly to society.”
“Baidu is a company with long term vision and deep commitment. I am excited to help Baidu advance fundamental technologies in AI and other areas that can truly change the world,” said Mr. Ng.
Baidu launched its Institute of Deep Learning during 2013 and has made some significant progress in image recognition and image-based search, voice recognition, natural language processing and semantic intelligence, machine translations, and advertising matching. These foundational technologies have helped Baidu secure a leading position in search, as well as the fast-growing mobile Internet market known in China.
Andrew Ng was named in 2013 to the Time 100, the list of “100 Most Influential People in the World,” as well as to Fortune’s “40 under 40″ list. Mr. Ng holds a bachelor of science degree in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University, a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.