Nicholas Jing Yuan 袁晶

General Manager of AI Services, 

Chief Scientist & Director of Language and Speech Innovation Lab

Huawei Cloud

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Dr. Nicholas (Jing) Yuan is currently General Manager of AI Services, Chief Scientist & Director of Language & Speech Innovation Lab at Huawei Cloud. He was previously Deputy GM of AI Creation Business Team, also a Senior Applied Scientist Lead/Manager in Microsoft. Before that, he worked as a researcher in Microsoft Research Asia. He got a Ph.D degree in Computer Science and B.S. degree in Mathematics both from University of Science and Technology of China.

During the past few years, Nicholas has published more than 60 papers in top-tier conferences and journals, including ACM SIGKDD, IEEE TKDE, ACM Ubicomp, ICDE, WWW, AAAI, etc. His research work has been featured by influential media such as MIT Technology Review multiple times. He served as program chair of HuMoComp 2013-2015, industry chair of ASONAM 2016, area chair of NLPCC 2016, and regularly as program committee members in top conferences such as SIGKDD, WWW, ACL, AAAI, IJCAI, ICDM, WSDM, ICWSM, and SDM.

Nicholas led the AI Creation Business Team in Microsoft to develop AI technologies & systems for Microsoft Xiaoice such as multi-modal modern Chinese poem generator (image to poem), music generation (Xiaoice Band), Artistic photo generation from music (music to image), and AI financial content generation platform, serving more than 90% organizational users and covered 40% consumer market in China. These projects have been featured by more than 1800 international&domestic medias, including Business Insider, The Verge, South China Morning Post, CCTV (the state television broadcaster in China) and People's Daily. He also led Bing CJK Applied Science Team to develop core technologies & products for Bing in China, Japan, and Korea (CJK) markets, including Bing Search App, Bing Dictionary, and pipelines for knowledge graph construction.

Nicholas has been honored with Microsoft Fellowship (2011), Best Application Paper Award of ACM SIGKDD (2016), Best Student Paper Award of ACM SIGKDD (2018) (as the supervisor of the first author), Best Paper Award of IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (2013), Best Paper Runner-up Award of ACM SIGSPATIAL (2010), and Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award of Chinese Academy of Sciences (2013). He is a senior member of ACM, IEEE, and CCF.