Realizing the Promise of Artificial Intelligence — Moving from Machine-centric to Human-centric, from Perception to Cognition, and from Rational to Emotional
Dr Harry Shum
Executive Vice President, Microsoft's Artificial Intelligence and Research Group
How will we progress from a world where we have to understand computers to a world where they will understand us, our intent and can be proactive in helping us? How will we expand on today’s advancements with computers identifying images or text to computers that can interpret the world around them? How will the simplistic task-oriented bots or digital agents of today evolve from just getting us information to emotionally connecting with us?
In this talk, Dr Harry Shum, Executive Vice President, Microsoft Artificial Intelligence and Research will answer these questions and share Microsoft’s vision, efforts and tangible progress in accelerating AI. Dr Shum will discuss the latest advances in applying deep neural networks to computer vision and speech recognition problems (e.g. world record breaking systems for ImageNet and using Switchboard speech data set). He will review Microsoft’s groundbreaking work in shipping chatbots in China, Japan and US by introducing conversational computing and combining IQ with EQ. And he will share Microsoft’s principles in developing AI to benefit people across society — machines partnering with us and augmenting our skills and abilities rather than replacing us.
Dr Harry Shum is Executive Vice President of Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Research Group. He is responsible for driving the company’s overall AI strategy and forward-looking research and development efforts spanning infrastructure, services, apps and agents. He oversees AI-focused product groups — the Information Platform Group, Bing and Cortana product groups — and the Ambient Computing and Robotics teams. He also leads Microsoft Research, one of the world’s premier computer science research organizations, and its integration with the engineering teams across the company. He is an ACM Fellow and IEEE Fellow for his research contribution in computer vision and computer graphics. He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in 2011 by Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, where he is an adjunct professor of computer science.
Title: The Future of Artificial Intelligence and Computer Vision