Sunnyvale, Calif. - 16 May 2014 - Baidu, Inc., the leading Chinese language Internet search provider, has opened its U.S. R&D Center in Sunnyvale, California. The new facility adds research to Baidu's existing development capabilities in Silicon Valley. It also appointed pioneering Artificial Intelligence (AI) researcher Andrew Ng as Chief Scientist, who will lead Baidu Research, with labs in Beijing and Silicon Valley.
"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 currently under the umbrella of Baidu Research are the Silicon Valley AI Lab, the Beijing Deep Learning Lab (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 in 2013 and has made significant strides in image recognition and image-based search, voice recognition, natural language processing and semantic intelligence, machine translation, and advertising matching. These foundational technologies have helped Baidu secure a leading position in search, as well as the fast-growing mobile Internet market 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.