Xuedong Huang

Microsoft Technical Fellow and Chief Technology Officer Azure AI

Dr. Xuedong Huang is a Technical Fellow in the Cloud and AI group at Microsoft and the Chief Technology Officer for Azure AI.

Huang oversees the Azure Cognitive Services team and manages researchers and engineers around the world who are building AI-based services to power intelligent applications.

In 1993, Huang joined Microsoft to establish the company's speech technology group, where he led Microsoft’s spoken language efforts for over a decade. In addition to bringing speech recognition to the mass market, Huang led his team in achieving historical human parity milestones in speech recognition, machine translation, conversational question answering, machine reading comprehension, and image captioning. Huang’s team provides AI-based Azure Vision, Speech, Language, and Decision services that power popular worldwide applications from Microsoft like Office 365, Dynamics, Xbox, and Teams to numerous 3rd party services and applications.

Huang is a recognized executive and scientific leader from his contributions in the software and AI industry. He is an Institute of Electrical and Electronics (IEEE) and Association for Computer Machinery (ACM) Fellow. Huang was named Asian American Engineer of the Year (2011), Wired Magazine's 25 Geniuses Who Are Creating the Future of Business (2016), and AI World's Top 10 (2017). Huang holds over 100 patents and has published over 100 papers and two books.

Before Microsoft, Huang received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh and was on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University. He is a recipient of the Allen Newell Award for Research Excellence.


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