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The director of Baidu's Silicon Valley AI Lab has departed

The director of Baidu's Silicon Valley AI Lab has departed
From TechCrunch - September 13, 2017

Adam Coates, director of Baidus Silicon Valley AI Lab, has left the company.A source confirmed the exit and Coates has updated his LinkedIn reflecting the change. Coates joined the Chinese search giant back in May of 2014 to lead a California-based team of 50 machine learning developers.

Baidu has built up an established proficiency in natural language processing. While at Baidu, Coates publicly evangelized Baidus machine learning efforts and worked directly on applying deep learning to core NLP problems like text to speech and speech recognition.

A Stanford educated PhD in computer science, Coates is well known for his work on very large neural networks and efforts to optimize distributed GPU clusters. While at Stanford, Coates was Andrew Ngs doctoral student.Previously, Ng served as Baidus chief scientist, but he left the company back in March.

Since departing, Ng has been investing time and resources into a troika of businesses. Thus far he has announced a new deep learning course. We also reported on a new AI fund filed with the SEC in Ngs name last month.

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