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MIT Tech Review Features Baidu’s Deep Speech in Top 10 List of Breakthrough Technologies

2017-05-22T04:01:04+00:00 February 25th, 2016|

MIT Tech Review released its annual Top 10 Breakthrough Technologies list this week, featuring Baidu's Deep Speech in the category of "Conversational Interfaces." Reporter Will Knight writes: "Voice interfaces have been a dream of technologists (not to mention science fiction writers) for many decades. But in recent years, thanks to some impressive advances in machine [...]

SVAIL Tech Notes: *Around the World in 60 Days

2017-05-22T04:01:05+00:00 February 9th, 2016|

  Read the full post here. Ryan Prenger and Tony Han, research scientists at Baidu’s Silicon Valley AI Lab, have posted a Tech Note about how SVAIL enabled the Baidu Deep Speech system to recognize Mandarin in about sixty days, an ambitious project. They write: ...In just a few months, we produced a Mandarin speech [...]

Andrew Ng on Quora: AI, Cars, Careers and More

2017-05-22T04:01:05+00:00 February 3rd, 2016|

Andrew Ng, chief scientist at Baidu, answered user-submitted questions on Quora this week. He covered a range of topics, from deep learning and autonomous driving to career development.  See Andrew's Quora Q&A session here.  Some examples:  Q. What do you think of deep learning?  A. Deep learning is an amazing tool that is helping numerous [...]

Baidu’s Silicon Valley AI Lab Releases Warp-CTC, Open Source AI Software

2017-05-22T04:01:05+00:00 January 14th, 2016|

Today Baidu's Silicon Valley AI Lab (SVAIL) released Warp-CTC, open source software for the machine learning community. Warp-CTC can be used to solve supervised problems that map an input sequence to an output sequence, such as speech recognition.  Get Warp-CTC and read more here  Warp-CTC Q&A Q. What is Warp-CTC? A. Warp-CTC is an open source implementation [...]

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 [...]