Keynote Speakers


Dr. Xuedong Huang
Microsoft Technical Fellow of Microsoft Cloud and AI,
Microsoft's Speech and Language Group,
Microsoft, USA

Big Data for Speech and Language Processing

Dr. Xuedong Huang, Microsoft Technical Fellow of Microsoft Cloud and AI, Microsoft, USA

Abstract: Amongst all creatures the human species stands unique in Darwin’s natural selection process. It is no exaggeration that speech and language helped to differentiate human intelligence from animal intelligence in the evolution process. The impact of big data and cloud to speech and language evolution is foundational to realize the society’s AI vision. This talk will review how Microsoft achieved human parity on both conversational speech recognition and news machine translation research tasks and highlight significant challenges remaining to make speech and language production services mainstream in our AI journey.

Xuedong Huang is a Microsoft Technical Fellow in AI and Research. He leads Microsoft’s Speech and Language Group. In 1993, Huang joined Microsoft to found the company’s speech technology group. As the general manager of Microsoft’s spoken language efforts, he helped to bring speech to the mass market by introducing SAPI to Windows in 1995 and Speech Server to the enterprise call center in 2004. He served as General Manager for MSR Incubation and Chief Architect for Bing and Ads. In 2015, he returned to AI and Research to lead the advanced technology group. In 2016, he led the team achieving a historical conversational speech recognition human parity milestone on the Switchboard task. He helped to advance AI across Microsoft’s whole AI Stack: Solutions: AI for customer support (Project Toronto), Voice Assistant Cortana, Microsoft Translator; APIs: Cognitive Services on Azure; Engines: Speech, Machine translation, Gesture, and NLP; Deep Learning infrastructure: Cognitive Toolkit (CNTK) and GPU Cluster (Project Philly)

He was on the faculty of School of Computer Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University before joining Microsoft. He received Alan Newell research excellence leadership medal in 1992 and IEEE Best Paper Award in 1993. He was named the Asian American Engineer of the Year (2011), and Wired Magazine’s 25 Geniuses (2016). He holds over 100 patents and published over 100 papers & 2 books. He received his PhD, MS, and BS in Computer Science from the University of Edinburgh, Tsinghua University, and Hunan University respectively. He has been elected fellow of IEEE and ACM.