Lili Cheng is a corporate vice president of the Microsoft AI and Research division, responsible for the AI developer platform, which includes Cognitive Services—a collection of powerful cognitive AI APIs for vision, speech, language understanding, knowledge, and search, that enables developers to easily add AI to their apps and services. The AI developer platform also includes Bot Framework, which makes it easy for developers to build and connect intelligent conversational AI to their customer experiences and deploy these in their own custom UI as well as embedded in Skype, Microsoft Teams, Cortana, Bing as well as Facebook, Slack, etc.
This builds upon tools for deep learning using the Cognitive Toolkit and Azure virtual machines, providing a comprehensive data and analytics platform.
Prior to Microsoft, Cheng worked in Apple Computer’s Advanced Technology Group on the user interface research team where she focused on QuickTime Conferencing and QuickTime VR. She is also a registered architect and worked in Tokyo and Los Angeles for Nihon Sekkei and Skidmore Owings and Merrill on commercial urban design and large-scale building projects. She has taught at New York University and Harvard University.