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Baidu scientist who led AI push says he'll quit

March 23, 2017


Abstract : Internet giant Baidu Inc chief scientist Andrew Ng said on Wednesday he will resign from the Chinese search engine company after three years of leading its drive into artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR) projects.

BEIJING, March 23 (Xinhua) -- Internet giant Baidu Inc chief scientist Andrew Ng said on Wednesday he will resign from the Chinese search engine company after three years of leading its drive into artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR) projects.

Ng, who announced his departure in a blog post on online publishing platform Medium, did not say where he would work next, but said he would continue to be involved in entrepreneurship and research in AI.

"As the principal architect of Baidu's AI strategy, I am proud to have led the incredible rise of AI within the company," he said in the post. "I will continue my work to shepherd in this important societal change."

About 1,300 AI researchers report to Ng at Baidu's research labs, according to Financial Times.

His resignation comes as Baidu focuses on cutting-edge technology to revitalize the company's shrinking profits, and after the company hired former top Microsoft executive, Qi Lu, to oversee the shift to AI.

Baidu last month reported a second straight drop in quarterly revenue, hurt by a government crackdown on healthcare advertising.

The company in 2014 hired Ng, who was a former Stanford University computer science professor and founder of Google's Deep Learning team. He also co-founded online learning company Coursera. In January, Baidu opened an AR lab in Beijing that was led by Ng. (Global Times)

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