Recently, Li Lei, director of AI (Artificial Intelligence) laboratory, resigned and joined the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) as an assistant professor. As soon as the news came out, it attracted a lot of attention.
A year ago, Ma Weiying, then vice president of AI and director of AI laboratory, resigned and joined the Intelligent Industry Research Institute of Tsinghua University, which also triggered a heated discussion on the return of “big men” in AI to academia.
ScienceNet found that there are not a few executives in the AI field who have jumped back from the industry to universities in recent years.
Recently, on “how to view Li Lei, director of AI laboratory, joining UCSB?”, Some netizens commented: “the transition from wealth freedom to academic freedom”.
From a senior executive to an assistant professor of systems at the University of California
Recently, Li Lei announced on the social platform that he would join the UCSB Department of computer science as an assistant professor. He said, “I am very excited to join UCSB CS. I am very happy to work with William Wang, Shiyu Chang and other excellent scholars.”
UCSB is a world-famous public research university, ranking 56th in 2021 U.S. News World University. According to the UCSB official website, the computer science department of the university is widely regarded as one of the top computer science departments in the United States.
Li Lei was previously the director of AI laboratory and one of the authoritative NLP (neurolinguistic programming) scientists in the industry.
Li Lei has a deep educational background in the computer field. He graduated from the computer department of Shanghai Jiaotong University and was the first student of ACM class. ACM class was initiated and established by Professor Yu Yong of the University in 2002 to train China’s top computer scientists.
Since then, Li Lei received a doctorate from the Department of computer science of Carnegie Mellon University, which established the first Department of Computer Science in the United States and even the world in July 1965. He later served as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley.
Li Lei has worked in Microsoft Asia Research Institute, Google and IBM TJ Watson Research Center for a short time. In 2014, he joined Baidu American deep learning laboratory and became a member of Baidu’s “young scientist”.
At the same time, Li Lei also has good academic strength. So far, he has published more than 40 papers at international top academic conferences in the fields of machine learning, data mining and natural language understanding.
At the acl2021 conference held in July this year (Note: ACL is a top international conference in the field of computational linguistics and natural language processing), the paper on vocal learning via optimal transport for neural machine translation written by Li Lei was rated as the best paper by the organizing committee.
The most intense media attention to Li Lei was in 2016. During the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, xiaomingbot, an automatic manuscript writing robot developed by him, successfully came out of the circle with 457 event reports and 30 daily reports in 13 days, which once became a hot topic in major scientific and technological media.
In 2016, the company established AI laboratory and successively recruited Li Lei, Ma Weiying, former vice president of Microsoft Research Asia, Li Hang, former owner of Huawei Noah’s Ark laboratory, and others.
In December 2017, AI laboratory won Wu Wenjun’s AI technology invention award with the project of “key technologies and applications of Internet information summary and machine manuscript writing”. Among them, there is no lack of credit from Li Lei.
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