Baidu announced Thursday it made a trio of hires and is establishing two new AI labs — one focused on business intelligence and the other on robotics and autonomous driving.
Why it matters: These are both hot research areas and represent Baidu's biggest moves in AI since Andrew Ng left last March.
Here are the new hires:
- Former IBM, Microsoft and AT&T Labs researcher Kenneth Church, an influential research scientist in natural language processing.
- Big Data expert Jun Huan, formerly a computer science professor at the University of Kansas.
- Rutgers University professor Hui Xiong, whose research focuses on data engineering.
“This is the beginning of a new journey for Baidu Research. Our mission will be centered on conducting future-looking fundamental research, setting the direction for Baidu’s future AI development and empowering the company’s long-term strategy,” Baidu research head Haifeng Wang said in a statement.