R&D Head Jia Li Leaves Google Cloud AI, May Start Own Company

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Chinese media reports that Li may start her own AI company, and she aims to bring machine learning solutions to the healthcare industry

Jia Li (photo credit: vision.stanford.edu)

Google Cloud AI’s Jia Li has left her position as head of research and development (R&D) with the company.

Li joined Google Cloud AI in 2016. Prior to that she was the Head of Research at Snap, leading the research innovation effort, and before that she led the Visual Computing and Learning Group at Yahoo! Labs.

During her three years with Google, Li advanced the implementation of AI-enabled products on the Google Cloud Platform. Earlier this year Google launched AutoML, a set of tools that enables developers with limited machine learning expertise to train high quality models.

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She also acted as head of Google China AI Center in Beijing that the company opened in December 2017. It is not known yet about who will succeed Li.

Li told Chinese media that she is now pursuing the impact of AI for good in healthcare and working full-time at Stanford University’s AIMI (Center for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine & Imaging).

Starting own AI company?

Chinese media reports that Li may start her own AI company, and she aims to bring machine learning solutions to the healthcare industry.

In Healthcare, Li said she is interested in how AI could improve the outcomes of individual patients as well as hospitals.

An adjunct Professor at Stanford’s School of Medicine, Li’s research focus is on Enterprise Inspired AI including topics such as large scale machine learning, learning from noisy data, efficient learning, explainable machine learning, transfer learning, as well as emerging AI research problems from Healthcare and Education.

Li is currently teaching a course called AI-Assisted Care at Stanford School of Medicine and Computer Science. She received her PhD from the Computer Science Department at Stanford University.

She was apprenticed to former Chief AI Scientist of Google Cloud and Stanford University Professor Fei-Fei Li, who left the company in September.

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