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Notes from NIPS 2015

2017-05-22T04:01:05+00:00 December 17th, 2015|

The annual NIPS (Neural Information Processing Systems) Conference was held last week in Montreal, drawing a record 4000 attendees. Baidu Research sent a team of people, including Sharan Narang from the SVAIL (Silicon Valley AI Lab) systems team. This was Sharan's first time at NIPS and he shares notes about his experience below: Hi, I’m Sharan. I have been at [...]

“Deep Speech” From Baidu’s Silicon Valley AI Lab Recognizes Both English and Mandarin With Single Learning Algorithm

2017-05-22T04:01:05+00:00 December 9th, 2015|

At the NIPS conference today in Montreal, SVAIL unveiled new results for Deep Speech. Results include the ability to accurately recognize both English and Mandarin with a single learning algorithm.  The Deep Speech system, which was announced last year, initially focused on improving English speech recognition accuracy in noisy environments (for example, restaurants, cars [...]

A Look Inside: Q&A with Zhenyao Zhu, SVAIL Intern

2017-05-22T04:01:05+00:00 December 4th, 2015|

Today’s Q&A features Zhenyao Zhu, a PhD candidate who is completing a six-month internship at Baidu Research's Silicon Valley AI Lab. Zhenyao will soon be returning to the Chinese University of Hong Kong for the final year of his PhD. Q. Zhenyao, why did you decide to intern at Baidu? Zhenyao: I was intrigued by [...]

SVAIL Tech Notes: Deploying Deep Neural Networks Efficiently

2017-05-22T04:01:05+00:00 November 25th, 2015|

Deep neural networks are increasingly important for powering AI-based applications but deploying them at scale is a challenge. In this video, Christopher Fougner, Research Scientist in Baidu Research's Silicon Valley AI Lab, talks about how we use GPUs to solve this problem. Some key points made by Chris: Deep neural networks are increasingly important for powering [...]

SVAIL’s Bryan Catanzaro on HPC and Deep Learning

2017-05-22T04:01:05+00:00 November 25th, 2015|

Advancements in High Performance Computing are enabling researchers worldwide to make great progress in AI. In this video, Bryan Catanzaro, senior researcher in Baidu Research's Silicon Valley AI Lab, talks about AI projects at Baidu and how the team uses HPC to scale deep learning. Some key points made by Bryan: Progress in AI depends [...]

Jerry Kaplan on AI, Robots and Society; Future Will Be “More Like Star Trek Than Terminator”

2017-05-22T04:01:05+00:00 November 19th, 2015|

Baidu recently invited Jerry Kaplan, computer scientist, futurist, author and entrepreneur, for a discussion with employees at Baidu's Silicon Valley office. The meeting started with a surprise. Jerry saw the piano in the Baidu café and immediately sat on the bench and began to play. It turns out he is a talented musician who performs on [...]

Baidu Appoints Yuanqing Lin, Computer Vision Expert, to Lead Baidu Research’s Institute of Deep Learning

2017-05-22T04:01:05+00:00 November 9th, 2015|

Baidu Research, a division of Baidu, Inc. , today announced it has appointed Yuanqing Lin as director of the Institute of Deep Learning (IDL). Lin, whose appointment takes effect today, reports to Andrew Ng, Baidu’s chief scientist and leader of Baidu Research. Lin most recently served as head of the Media Analytics Department at NEC [...]

Baidu, the ‘Chinese Google,’ Is Teaching AI to Spot Malware

2015-11-24T01:03:10+00:00 November 9th, 2015|

Baidu is now using deep neural nets to help drive our security software. We are teaching a neural net to identify new malware by feeding it scads of known malware. Just as a neural net can learn to recognize a face, it can learn to identify a virus. “You input the state of a system, [...]

SVAIL Tech Notes: Optimizing RNN Performance

2017-05-22T04:01:05+00:00 September 30th, 2015|

Erich Elsen, systems researcher at Baidu’s Silicon Valley AI Lab, has written a blog post on “Optimizing RNN Performance.”  This is the first in a series of technical posts by SVAIL researchers and engineers on AI techniques, tips and trends. Erich writes:   “Most researchers engaging in neural network research have been using GPUs for training for [...]

What’s New in Deep Learning – A Talk by Baidu Researchers

2015-11-24T02:01:06+00:00 September 23rd, 2015|

SF Meetup is hosting an event at NVIDIA on October 6th, 2015 on the topic of What’s New in Deep Learning - A Talk by Baidu Researchers. Awni Hannun and Erich Elsen from Baidu Research will share some insights from their groundbreaking work at Baidu Research and its application to complex speech recognition. Awni previously [...]