Dr. Kun Han is Senior Staff Researcher at DiDi Chuxing. He joined DiDi in 2018 and currently leads a team focusing on natural language and conversational understanding at Mountain View and Beijing. He received a PhD in computer science from The Ohio State University at 2014. Prior to DiDi, he was a research scientist at Facebook. He has co-authored over 20 academic papers on premier journals and conferences. His research interests include natural language processing, dialogue systems, speech recognition and processing, recommendation systems.
Dr. Xiangang Li is Principal Engineer and currently leads Speech team at DiDi Chuxing. He received his PhD in Machine intelligent Peking University. Prior to DiDi, he was a senior Research Scientist at Baidu. He has co-authored over 30 academic papers on speech and language processing for several conferences and journals. His research interests include speech recognition, speech synthesis and natural language processing.
Dr. Zang Li is Distinguished Engineer at Didi Chuxing. He currently leads the Data Mining group and the NLP-Beijing team. He received his PhD in college of Information Sciences and Technology from Pennsylvania State University. He has worked at Cisco, Linkedin and Zenefits. Dr. Li's main research interest includes recommendation systems, big data, machine learning, and natural language processing. He has co-authored over 20 academic papers on data mining and also served as a reviewer for several conferences and journals. He joined DiDi in 2015, working on data mining, big data platforms, natural language processing, knowledge graph, and growth strategies.
Prof. Kevin Knight is Chief Scientist for Natural Language Processing (NLP) at Didi Chuxing. He leads a DiDi lab in Los Angeles devoted to NLP research. He was previously Dean's Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southern California (USC) and a Research Director and Fellow at USC's Information Sciences Institute (ISI). He received a PhD in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor's degree from Harvard University. Dr. Knight's research interests include human-machine communication, machine translation, language generation, automata theory, and decipherment. Dr. Knight co-authored the widely-adopted textbook "Artificial Intelligence" (McGraw-Hill). In 2001, he co-founded the machine translation company Language Weaver, Inc. Dr. Knight served as President of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) in 2011, and he is currently a Fellow of ACL, ISI, and AAAI (Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence).
Prof. Jieping Ye is Head of Didi AI Labs, a VP of Didi Chuxing and a Didi Fellow. He is also an associate professor of University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His research interests include big data, machine learning, and data mining with applications in transportation and biomedicine. He has served as a Senior Program Committee/Area Chair/Program Committee Vice Chair of many conferences including NIPS, ICML, KDD, IJCAI, ICDM, and SDM. He serves as an Associate Editor of Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, and IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence. He won the NSF CAREER Award in 2010. His papers have been selected for the outstanding student paper at ICML in 2004, the KDD best research paper runner up in 2013, and the KDD best student paper award in 2014.