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Dr. Kaifu Lee Delivers Speech to Yao Class

June 12,2016

Dr. Kaifu Lee, founder of Innovation Works was invited to give a talk, entitled “The Golden age for Artificial Intelligence”, to Yao Class students on the afternoon of June 8, 2016, along with four CEOs (Chang Huang, Wenyuan Dai, Wenbin Tang and Gansha Wu) from the business. The event attracted a packed audience of nearly 200 people at Lecture Hall, FIT Building.

Dr. Kaifu Lee gave a unique insight into artificial intelligence (AI) based on the recent advances in this field, and focused on deep learning to explain why it’s a golden era for artificial intelligence nowadays.

Following the talk, the four CEOs, who were, respectively, Chang Huang from Horizon Robotics, Wenyuan Dai from 4Paradigm, Wenbin Tang from Face++, and Gansha Wu from UISEE, discussed the best practices which has been adopted broadly in artificial intelligence from their own experiences and perspectives.

The event concluded with an address from Prof. Andrew Yao, who first thanked Dr. Kaifu Lee for his inspirational lecture and the four CEOs for sharing their story with the students. Prof. Yao also encouraged Yao Class students to learn from their success and rediscover the depth and breadth of the subjects they studied at school.

The event was organized by the Institute for Interdisciplinary Information Sciences and gained an extensive popularity at the University.

Dr. Kaifu Lee founded “Innovation Works” in September, 2009, with the purpose of galvanizing a new era of successful Chinese entrepreneurs. Previously, Dr. Kaifu Lee was Google Vice President, the President of Google Greater China, Vice President of its Interactive Media Group at Apple and Vice President and General Manager at SGI.

Dr. Lee graduated summa cum laude from Columbia University, and received his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in 1988. He has an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the City University of Hong Kong. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and a member of the Committee of 100, an elite group of Chinese Americans. Dr. Lee was also listed in TIME 100 in 2013.


(By Yuying Chang, Photo by Xiang Li)