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Where did the 41 AI Big Bulls who left Baidu go?

via:博客园     time:2018/5/19 23:31:39     readed:831

Lu Qi’s news of leaving Baidu has attracted much attention. In addition to why Lu Qi left Baidu, another issue that everyone is most concerned about is, where will Lu Qi go?

At present, Lu Qi still has a good job for the next family, but it is specifically to defect to domestic giants or start a business. We are still unable to know.

Before the exact news arrives, we might as well take a look. In the past few years, where did the AI ​​who left Baidu go?

To the Giants


Over the past few years, the domestic giants BAT and others have been accelerating their AI deployment. The competition for top AI talent is extremely fierce.

As Li Kaifu said, in the early stage of AI development, corporate AI talents need to go to colleges and universities. Facebook, Google, and Amazon are digging college AI professors and researchers. However, the situation in China is that colleges and universities do not have so much talent accumulation. BAT's AI top talent needs to be dug from foreign companies such as Facebook, Google, and Amazon.

Baidu is the first company to realize the importance of "digging people". In 2013, Baidu spent tens of millions of people digging into the fields of data mining, natural language processing, and deep learning, including some scholars and professors, such as Facebook scientist Xu Wei. In 2014, Baidu solicited Wu Enda from Google to serve as the chief scientist of Baidu and was responsible for the leadership of Baidu Research Institute. As a banner character in the field of artificial intelligence, Wu Enda attracted a large number of AI talents to Baidu during Baidu.

In the past two years, Baidu’s AIs have been dug up from Microsoft: Lu Qi, Zhang Yaqin, Jing Yi, Ni Kai, Gu Weijia, Yu Chao, Wang Haifeng, Yang Tao; from Google to Baidu, Wu Enda, Zhu Kaihua, Wang Jin, Peng Military, building Tiancheng, measure.

Ali did not show weakness for the past two years. He dug it back from Microsoft: Zhou Jingren, Lin Chenfu, Wang Jian, Hua Xiansheng, and Chu Min. Between the BATs, the most typical example of the flow of AI talent is Zhang Jian from Baidu to Tencent.

In September 2013, Zhang Hao joined the Baidu Deep Learning Institute. In 2014, he was the vice president of Baidu Research Institute and the director of the Big Data Lab (BDL). Prior to joining Baidu, Zhang Jun served as a professor at New Jersey State University, a researcher at the IBM Institute, and a researcher at the Yahoo Institute.

At the end of 2016, there were rumors that Zhang Hao left Baidu, but after half a year, Tencent did not disclose the news of Zhang Qian joining. In March 2017, Tencent formally appointed Zhang Wei as Director of Tencent's AI Lab (Tencent Artificial Intelligence Lab) and led more than 50 AI scientists and more than 200 AI application engineers team to focus on computer vision, speech recognition, natural language processing, and machines. Learn four vertical domains and collaborate on R&D and application in content, social, game, and platform instrumentation AI.

The flow of talent between BATs should be very frequent, but flow at senior levels is rare. Industry insiders also said that after Lu Qi left Baidu, it was unlikely that he would join Tencent and Ali.

Armored Enterprise


Since 2017, the upgrading of traditional industries by AI has become a major trend, with dizzying trends in various fields. The AI ​​Daniels, a giant company at home and abroad, can see the opportunity first and put the best technology into practice.

Most of the AI ​​talents who have left Baidu have chosen armor ventures. Today, they have almost reached half of the AI ​​circle.

Lei Feng network deliberately sort out the whereabouts of these talents.

Computer Vision and Autopilot

Baidu's vigorous development of automatic driving has also driven the overall development of the country. At present, the Baidu Department almost occupies the entire country's self-driving entrepreneurial field. There are Jing Chi founded by Wang Jin, Pony.ai (Pony.ai) founded by Lou Tiancheng, Roadstar.ai founded by Yan Xianqiao, and Drive created by Zhang Zhe. .ai, Yang Junli's leading Jun Technology, Bao Junwei's Innovation, Wu Xiaqing's DeepMap.ai, Ni Kai's HoloMatic.

Wang Jin joined Baidu on April 15, 2010 as Vice President of Technology and was promoted to Senior Vice President in December 2013. Prior to joining Baidu, he served as vice president of Google China Engineering Research Institute.

In 2012, Google began testing unmanned vehicle projects. In 2013, Baidu was officially established in the Institute of Deep Learning (IDL) and led the development of the Baidu unmanned vehicle project. In 2014, under the leadership of Wang Jin, Baidu Research Institute was formally established, IDL was also incorporated into it, and Wang Jin became the highest responsible person for Baidu unmanned R&D projects. In 2015, Baidu announced that it will launch the unmanned vehicle project and complete the drive test in October of the same year.

In 2017, Lu Qi established the Intelligent Driving Business Group (IDG). The group consists of the Autopilot Division, the Smart Automotive Division, and the Connected Vehicles business. Lu Qi personally leads the job, and Wang Jin is not responsible for personal and family reasons. Served as general manager of the Autopilot Business Department. In April, Wang Jin left to establish Jing Chi. In July of the same year, Baidu launched the Apollo platform for automatic driving, and Baidu’s automatic driving platform layout was basically completed.

In the field of machine vision, Liu Shaoshan, who once served as an architect of the Baidu US R&D Center, founded Prussian Insight. Deng Yafeng, who once served as the Deep Learning Lab Research Institute, also joined the Gelinger Deep Hitomi.

Natural language and speech

In the field of natural language and speech, bigwigs who have left from Baidu have created triangular beasts, awkward cognition, Orion stars and assistants.

In order to force the field of intelligent speech semantics, Baidu divested from Microsoft to Xiao Chao and Jing Hao, the founders of Microsoft Xiaobing Technology. Baidu began to do hardware level secret robots, and then perfected the software platform DuerOS, from the software and hardware to do conversational artificial intelligence applications and products landing.

In 2016, Yuchao Chao and Wang Zhuoran, the person in charge of Baidu's secret control, set up a triangular beast science and technology to create human-computer interaction solutions for various fields based on natural language processing technology. Delta is currently focused on smart customer service, smart hardware, and smartphones. It has access to more than 20 million smart hardware and 2 million children's devices. At present, Delta has completed RMB 1.1 billion in round B financing and accumulated RMB 190 million in financing.

Bravocognition is an artificial intelligence company with cognitive computing and natural language understanding as its core technology. It provides one-stop intelligent interactive solutions for signal processing, voice + semantics, and cloud service automatization. The main areas of force are smart vehicles. , smart home and smart customer service. At present, it has obtained A round 10 million US dollars of financing.

Orion Star is not only doing voice, but also do computer vision, the main robot and speakers. The assistants are not the same, but instead of hardware, they specialize in personal assistant software and provide users with daily life services such as ticket booking, entertainment, taxi rides, and takeaways.


The era of artificial intelligence puts forward new requirements for chips. Some AI chip companies emerged in the market, including Sapphire Technology, Horizon, and the Cambrian.

Yu Kai, former vice president of the Institute and Director of the Deep Learning Lab at Baidu, saw this trend very early. Yu Kai joined Baidu in 2012 and Yu Kai in 2013 established Baidu’s first research institute Baidu Deep Learning Institute. Yu Kai left Baidu in 2015 to set up Horizon Robotics Technology, and wanted to make Android and Qualcomm for the robot era, producing “geeks and brains” chips for robots. In 2017, Horizon’s AI processor was already used in autopilot. Autopilot was the big investment in the horizon, and Yu Kai also said that he hopes to use Horizon as the first brand of autopilot processor for 15 years. At the end of last year, it was rumored that the Horizon will complete Intel's A+ round of financing of nearly US$100 million.

Wu Ren, who once served as an outstanding scientist for Baidu's deep learning, founded heterogeneous intelligence and provided ASIC chips for the automotive, security, medical, and financial fields. In addition, he also provided full-stack AI solutions for training models.

She is also a member of the Baidu Deep Learning Lab and was a founding member of the heterogeneous computing direction. After leaving Baidu, he became the CTO of AI chip startup company Shen Jian Technology. Shen Jian Technology is currently focusing on the field of security, providing security chip modules, which embedded face recognition, video structuring and other reference algorithms. Shen Jian Technology has also completed 40 million A+ rounds of financing.


Autopilot, smart voice semantics, and chips are the hot topics for AI startups, and the two big people from Baidu, Wu Enda and Lin Yuanqing, chose AI+ traditional industries.

As the Baidu chief scientist, Wu Enda is responsible for the leadership of Baidu Research Institute and builds the Baidu Brain project. In 2017, it established its own company Deeplearning.ai, and subsequently established Landing.ai and AI fund. Deaplearning.ai is a five-course deep learning series designed to promote popularization of deep learning knowledge. The course is registered with Cousera, its co-founding online open class platform.

Landing.ai's mission is to "help companies transform in the AI ​​era, starting with manufacturing." AI Fun raised 175 million U.S. dollars to start new businesses and use AI to improve human lives. In other words, Wu Enda's three entrepreneurial projects include education, manufacturing, and funds.

Lin Yuanqing, like Yu Kai, was once the director of the Baidu Deep Learning Lab. In 2017, Lin Yuanqing left Baidu and founded Aibee. Lin Yuanqing once suggested that Aibee will start from the pain points and values ​​of industry users and integrate all kinds of AI technologies such as computer vision, speech recognition, natural language processing, big data recommendation and prediction, and provide a complete solution to effectively help the traditional The industry performs AI empowerment upgrades.

The first traditional industry in which Lin Yuanqing goes deeper is retail sales. In early May, Aibee announced a strategic cooperation with K11, a shopping mall brand, and received 100 million yuan in investment from K11 founder Mr. Zheng Zhigang.


In the past few years, there have been so many entrepreneurial outcries from Baidu. Their entrepreneurial projects have also spanned many fields and they have seen some dazzling. Lei Fengnet deliberately arranged a chart.


From the above figure, it can be clearly seen that the AI ​​Daniels after leaving Baidu are mainly engaged in the following fields: computer vision and autopilot, natural language and speech, chip, medical care, big data, robotics, and AI+.

This is in fact consistent with Baidu's key development areas in recent years. Thunder’s founder Cheng Hao once pointed out in an article.Baidu has three ""kits" on artificial intelligence: information flow, conversational artificial intelligence system DuerOS, and automatic driving Apollo. In addition, Baidu's basic business search is the largest artificial intelligence product, providing data for the development of artificial intelligence as a fuel.

In addition to Zhang Jian’s choice to join Tencent’s AI Lab, most of the people who left from Baidu started their careers. From the 41 entrepreneurial direction of the AI ​​Da Ni combed out by Lei Fengnet, we can basically get a glimpse of the current domestic AI business trends and trends.

However, most of those who venture out of Baidu are those who are mainly responsible for technology, and Lu Qi is a multifaceted talent with richer management experience. Lu Qi is a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. He was Yahoo's executive vice president and global executive vice president of the Microsoft Group. He is the highest-ranking position of mainland Chinese at the headquarters of global technology companies.

Lu Qi left Microsoft at the time because what he was doing was not Microsoft's core business, nor did he get the best resources. In Baidu he could do the conversation as a platform he wanted to do. Now that you leave Baidu, which is the next family that meets Lu Qi’s expectations?

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