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Who is winning AI transformation for Baidu?
In January 2017, Lu Qi joined Baidu founder Li Yanhong and was invited to participate. This is the sign that the aircraft carrier has turned to AI at full speed.
Under Lu Qi, who is the general who led the war in this team?
One year after Lu Qi's appointment, the answer is not hard to find. And it is worth noting that Baidu's talent pool in the AI field is not limited to a leader or a scientist.
The tech giants in Xi'erqi are clearly visible in the middle echelon and the talent matrix has been formed: from e-Staff to vice presidents of all fronts, to the general manager of the specific business, and finally to scientists in the frontier field……
The Baidu AI talent map is the key to Li Yanhong’s transformation of AI.
e-Staff, Baidu Top Management Committee. Outside Lu Qi, two of the members are directly related to AI.
One is Zhang Yaqin and the other is Wang Haifeng. They are also the most popular executives in the Baidu AI Talent Matrix.
△ Baidu President Zhang Yaqin
Zhang Yaqin, who serves as president of Baidu, currently manages Baidu's EBG (emerging business) and TG (technical system) business groups. The most critical of these is the development of Baidu Cloud. Zhang Yaqin not only proposed the concept of "ABC integration". It is also the task of Baidu AI to land in the industry and is the key to Baidu's AI new business growth.
In addition, the same can not be ignored is Zhang Yaqin's "Baidu US Research Chairman," identity, Baidu both want to brush the face of the United States through this internationally renowned face, but also hope to attract more overseas talent through Zhang Yaqin's reputation charm.
Zhang Yaqin did bring two important players to Baidu, which we will also mention later.
Prior to Baidu's resume, Zhang Yaqin spent more than 16 years at Microsoft. He was invited by Li Kaifu to join Microsoft in 1998. He has served as Microsoft's senior vice president, chairman of Microsoft China, and president of Microsoft Asia-Pacific Research Group.
He has participated in the establishment of Microsoft's Asia-Pacific R&D system. He is also a boss, tutor and friend of many well-known AI entrepreneurs. He is also an engineer/scientist who has always been called "Asian".
More precisely: AI engineers/scientists.
Mr. Zhang Yaqin, who was born in the junior section of the China National University of Science and Technology, and his subsequent academic and research trajectory, which was then called multimedia, are now the hottest track in the AI tide.
Zhang Yaqin is the owner of more than 60 U.S. patents, has published more than 500 academic papers, published 11 books, and led the development of digital video, networking, operating systems, and several core products in the cloud computing field.
At the same time, Zhang Yaqin also has a lot of academic honors. He is a scholar of the National Thousand Talents Program. Last year, he was elected as a foreign academician of the Australian National Academy of Engineering (ATSE). He is also an IEEE Fellow who is cherished by many scientists. He was only 31 years old and was the youngest of the organization's 100-year history.
△ Baidu Vice President, President of Baidu Research Institute Wang Haifeng
Wang Haifeng is the only Chinese chairman of another internationally renowned organization ACL and the youngest Fellow of the organization so far.
ACL full name The Association for Computational Linguistics, literally translated as International Computing Language Association, is the most authoritative international academic organization in the field of natural language processing.
Wang Haifeng also represented HIT’s position in the field of AI. He was a student of the HIT Computer Department. After graduation, he first went to Microsoft. Later in 2010, he was dug to Baidu and actually created a batch of Baidu. Business department.
During the period of 2010-2013, Wang Haifeng successively created the Natural Language Processing Department, Internet Data Development Department (including Knowledge Mapping and Internet Data Mining), Recommendation Engine and Personalization Department, Multimedia Department (including speech and image technology), and pictures for Baidu. Search Department, Voice Technology Department, etc.
In the first half of 2013, Wang Haifeng assisted in the creation of the Baidu Deep Learning Institute (IDL) as the executive leader. In October of the same year, he was promoted to the company's vice president.
Wang Haifeng’s more direct impact on Baidu’s current AI occurred in 2014.
At that time, he transferred to the search business group as deputy general manager, responsible for Baidu search, mobile Baidu, Baidu information flow, natural language processing, Baidu translation, Internet data mining, knowledge mapping, voice search, image search, secret secret, small Robot, Baidu News, Baidu mobile browser, business platform, glutinous rice technology platform, and Hao123.
Now, two of the most flagship of these businesses are DuduOS, another one called Information Stream.
So when Wang Haifeng took over the Baidu Research Institute and led the AI Technology Platform System (AIG), many of Mr. Wang’s engineering performances were neglected simply because he was too low-key.
At present, Wang Haifeng, who is e-Staff, is the head of AIG and is the dean of the Baidu Research Institute. Under the jurisdiction of Baidu Institute, Speech Technology Department, Natural Language Processing Department, Knowledge Mapping Department, Big Data Department, Visual Technology Department, Face Technology Department, Augmented Reality Technology Department, AI Technology Ecology Department, and several innovative business departments.
From these departmental frameworks, you can also take a look at Baidu’s current bet on AI basic technology.
Under 2 e-Staffs, there are 6 vice presidents distributed on various AI fronts.
△ Wu Haifeng
Wu Haifeng, currently the helm of Baidu's search business, and Baidu's AI management talent, has little exposure to the old Baidu. He graduated from Zhejiang University with a master's degree in 2006 and joined Baidu. Wu Haifeng Baidu has served for 12 years and has successively been responsible for the Natural Language Processing Department and the Image Search Department. , Web search department and search product marketing department.
After taking full responsibility for Baidu's search business in 2017, Wu Haifeng led the team to complete the integration of general search and vertical search, and interactive mobilization, and proposed a new goal of search knowledge and intelligent evolution.
Xiao Chen, who was promoted to vice president promotion in May 2017, is responsible for mobile Baidu and the Feed Stream Division, and is the vice president of Baidu App, Baidu Information Stream, Baijiahao, Baidu News, Mobile Browser, Hao123, and Baidu Strategic Coordinates. Department of growth business.
Xiao Chen joined Baidu in 2012 and has served as vice director of technology and technical director of the Baidu Union R&D department, and senior director of Baidu's Web search department.
From 2016, he was sent to the newly formed Baidu Financial (FSG) as the executive director and FSG's overall R&D leader. After Baidu's financial R&D was completed, he returned to Baidu search and took over the most urgent Baidu app and information flow at that time.
△ Li Zhenyu
Li Zhenyu, another vice president of fire fighting for Baidu’s urgent mission in 2017, first entered the newly established Smart Driving Business Group (IDG) in March 2017 and was responsible for Baidu’s IDG product and technology R&D.
Later in August 2017, Li Zhenyu became the general manager of Baidu IDG and became the first line executor of Baidu's Apollo strategy.
Li Zhenyu is also an old Baidu who has worked for 10 years. After graduating from Beihang University in 2001, he first worked on Huawei's network technology research and development and got the highest honor award from Huawei.
In 2007, Li Zhenyu was dug into Baidu, and in the following eight years he was the head of several basic technology departments and business units. From October 2015, he began to participate in the establishment of the autonomous driving division and became the deputy general manager of the autonomous driving division.
A year later, in October 2016, Li Zhenyu also rotated Baidu's AI system to build the AI platform department. However, the change in Baidu’s automatic driving in 2017 brought him back to Baidu’s automatic driving and eventually became the head of the business.
△ Zheng Zibin
Zheng Zibin, formerly known as the person in charge of Baidu's Silicon Valley R&D center, was transferred to China as the CTO of Baidu search company from last year.
He officially joined Baidu in May 2010. Prior to that, he was the technical director of Google China Engineering Research Institute, and had also held management and technical positions in Alibaba, Oracle, and other companies.
With regard to the Baidu Meiyan No. 1 employee and Baidu's search for the first CTO, the qubits had disclosed special articles after personnel changes last year.
△ Yin Shiming
Yin Shiming, with "Watson" in Baidu, joined Baidu in November 2016, served as vice president, assume cloud business, may be Baidu's most To B business experience and resume executives.
Yin Shiming graduated from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 1997 and joined P&G China as Guan Peisheng, and later became a project manager and implementation consultant for several Procter & Gamble SAP promotion projects. In 2000, he formally joined SAP Shanghai, and in the following 14 years he has served as pre-sales consultant, pre-sales consultant director, public utility industry sales, utility industry sales director, vice president, senior vice president, and global sales president assistant.
In 2014, because of his sales and management experience, Yin Shiming was dug into Apple and served as the general manager of the Greater China Channel Enterprise Group and the head of the ecosystem department.
However, two years later, due to the experience of To B, he was recruited by Baidu from Shanghai to Beijing to take charge of Baidu's cloud business. In the areas of steel, manufacturing, and finance, Yin Shiming is leading the team to conduct "Baidu Cloud ABC Strategy". The development.
Remember the above mentioned "Zhang Yaqin talent attraction"? Yin Shiming is one of the top talents Zhang Yaqin impressed.
△ Yang Tao
Another vice president who now reports to Zhang Yaqin on commercialization of AI is Yang Tao. He joined Baidu in October 2017. Before that, he served as vice president of Microsoft and was responsible for intelligent cloud and data transformation services.
After serving as vice president of Baidu, Yang Tao’s core mission was to promote the commercialization of Baidu’s AI and bring Baidu’s AI technology, algorithms, and cloud computing capabilities into the industry. It had previously appeared in cooperation with Baidu and the Smart City of the Great Wall of China.
4 Business General Manager
In addition to the 6 business vice presidents, Baidu also has 4 AI heading general managers.
△ Jing Hao
Jing Hao, probably one of the busiest directors of Baidu in 2017, is known for his dark circles. The more well-known product he is responsible for is DuerOS, which Lu Qi called Windows in the AI era.
Jing Hao is now the general manager of the Baidu Department of Mystery, and the chairman of the Baidu artificial intelligence product committee reports directly to Lu Qi.
Prior to his promotion of Duwei, Mr. Jing was the chairman of Baidu’s search company’s product committee and chief product architect of Big Search.
More interestingly, Jing Hao is also one of the creators of the well-known dialogue AI "Xiao Bing". Before joining Baidu in 2014, he was the chief research and development director of Microsoft responsible for Microsoft's Bing search for Asian markets. In the meantime, it created Microsoft's small ice prototype.
△ Gu Weiyi
Gu Weijun, another story director, is currently the general manager of Baidu Smart Automotive Division and has eaten the first driverless ticket in China. At the Baidu AI Developer Conference in July last year, the driver who sat on the driver's seat of Baidu’s unmanned vehicle was Gu Weijun.
Gu Weiyi is still a pure Bai Er, studied in Beijing Jiaotong University, computer application technology, in 2003 as an intern to join Baidu, has served as vice president of Baidu Maps Division, general manager of Baidu car networking.
Beginning in September 2016, Gu Weiyi served as the general manager of Baidu’s new strategic business Baidu L3 Division. After Baidu IDG was established in 2017, Gu Weiyi continued the general manager of smart cars business.
△ Li Ying
In 2003, Baidu Intern, in addition to Gu Weijun, also has Li Ying, current general manager of Baidu Maps Division.
She began with interns and joined Baidu in 2004 after graduating from Northeastern University. She successively worked in Web Search Department, Spider Department, Internet Data Development Department, Recommendation and Personalization Department, Compound Search Department, Human Resources Department, and Knowledge Mapping Department. AI Technology Ecology Department, AI Testing Department, and other post engineers and management posts.
In 2018, Li Ying was officially promoted to become the general manager of Baidu Maps Division.
6 World Class Scientists
In addition, Baidu’s AI scientist group cannot be ignored. Especially since 2018, four world-class AI scientists have been recruited by Baidu.
△ Ken Church (right)
Ken Ward Church joined Baidu Research Institute in January 2018 and is a master figure in natural language processing. He is one of the founders of the empirical method.
Ken Church completed this master's degree at MIT and worked at Bell Labs, Microsoft Research, Johns Hopkins University, IBM Watson Research Center.
In addition, Church was the founder of EMNLP (Empirical Methods on Natural Language Processing), one of the top academic conferences in the field of natural language processing, and chaired for many years.
Even more interesting is that Ken Church is still ACL Fellow, and served as ACL chairman in 2012. As with Wang Haifeng, it also means that Baidu now has multiple ACL chairpersons at the same time.
△ Wu Hua
The reason why several ACL chairpersons are because the current Baidu Technical Committee Chairman Wu Hua has served as chairman of machine translation field for IJCNLP in 2011, and served as chairman of the ACL program committee in 2014, or 2017 Forbes “AI Outstanding Women”. Winners (21 globally selected).
Wu Hua studied at the Institute of Automation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and joined Baidu in 2010. His major research areas include machine translation, natural language processing, machine learning, and intelligent interaction. The Baidu translation project led by the company won the second prize of the National Science and Technology Progress Award.
△ Sui Jun
Jun Jun is another AI scientist announced in January 2018, and is the director of Baidu Research Institute Big Data Lab (BDL).
Prior to joining Baidu, Junjun was a lifelong professor and doctoral supervisor in the Department of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Kansas. He also served as the project director of the U.S. National Fund Committee and was responsible for big data.
Yan Jun has long been engaged in the research of data mining and machine learning theories, algorithms and applications. His research interests include big data, bioinformatics, and pharmacogenomics.
△ Xiong Hui
In January 2018, Xiong Hui also announced that he had joined as the director of the Baidu Institute of Business Intelligence Lab.
Xiong Hui graduated from the University of Minnesota with a doctorate from China University of Science and Technology. Before joining Baidu, he was a lifelong professor at Rutgers-NJ State University.
Xiong Hui’s main research fields include data mining, big data, and artificial intelligence. He is a lecturer in the Yangtze River and has also received awards from outstanding scientists from ACM.
△ Duan Runqi
In addition, there is a world-class scientist Duan Runyi did not belong to the Baidu Institute, but became the newly established Baidu Institute of Quantum Computing Director.
Duan Runyi, a master of the book, studied in the Tsinghua Computer Department and studied with Professor Mingsheng.
Before joining Baidu, Duan Runxi was a lifelong professor at the University of Technology, Sydney, and Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow. His most famous event was in 2016. Duan Runqi cooperated with Professor Andreas Winter of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and for the first time provided a complete information theory explanation of the well-known Lovász number by means of quantum information theory, thus solving the problems of information theory and graph theory. Open issues that have been pending since 1979.
As of now, Duan Runyi has published more than 80 papers in international top academic journals. He has hosted or participated as a major participant in several national natural science fund projects for quantum computing, a 863 project, and two ARC projects.
He also served as a member of the QIP Conference (the top academic conference for quantum computing and quantum information science theory) and the chairman of 2015 from 2013 to 2016, and successfully organized QIP2015 as the chair of the organizing committee in Sydney.
Of course, there is also a small gossip, this "segment" scientist, or descendants of Dali.
OMT: 2 T11
Finally, introduce the T11 of the 2-bit Baidu AI transformation.
In Baidu, the highest level of the technical system is T12, but T12 is more honorable and generally belongs only to the chief scientist (also said that Li Yanhong is also T12).
In the history of Baidu, William.I.Chang (Zhang William) and Wu Enda are both few T12.
T11 is the highest technical rating of the first-line engineer. Currently, there are two low-key T11s in the creation of two major systems such as Baidu's Apollo and DuerOS.
△ Chen Jingkai
One is Chen Jingkai, who joined Baidu in 2002 after graduating from the master's degree in Beijing University. He is one of the low-profile and unpretentious technology gods within Baidu. He successively led technical work in search, advertising, and maps, and served as co-chair of the Baidu Technical Committee.
Beginning in 2018, Chen Jingkai was assigned to Li Yanhong Lu Qi and was responsible for Baidu’s autonomous driving technology and was appointed as the chief architect of Baidu’s automatic driving.
The biggest challenge he faces is to maintain Baidu’s first-mover advantage and expand Apollo’s influence in the increasingly heated auto-pilot competition.
△ Zhu Kaihua
The other chief architect is CTO Zhu Kaihua of the Department of Secret Affairs. After the 80s, T11 graduated from Shanghai Jiaotong University with a master's degree in computer in 2006, and later joined Google China, where he was responsible for parallel machine learning and spam fighting. After 2009, he moved to Google headquarters as the chief architect of Google. He is the creator of a series of core algorithms such as Google panda.
In 2013, Zhu Kaihua returned to China and joined Baidu as the technical leader of the search company's core ranking. He also participated in the design of a series of product innovations in Baidu, such as the only answer, click-to-post recommendation, AppLink, and Duwei.
In the end, DuerOS became an important strategy for Baidu's AI. Zhu Kaihua, along with Jing Hao, was the key player of Baidu's operating system for the AI era.
Above, 20 AI senior talents form the core Axis echelon of Baidu AI talents.