Baidu’s vice president, as well as head of Baidu’s AI department Wang Haifeng, will serve as director of Baidu Research Institute (in Chinese). With Wang’s increased dominance in Baidu’s AI arm, Baidu’s Artificial Intelligence Group (AIG) will strengthen R&D on the AI application technology for commercial use, including autonomous driving and airport services.

In March this year, AI expert Andrew Ng announced that he’s leaving Baidu; at the same time, Baidu’s vice president Wang Haifeng was promoted to head of Baidu’s AI department, reporting directly to Lu Qi, president of Baidu Group and Chief Operating Officer. This is Wang Haifeng’s second promotion this year.

As the person in charge of AI Technology Platform System (AIG), Wang Haifeng will lead Baidu Research Institute (including Depth Learning Laboratory, Big Data Laboratory, Silicon Valley AI Laboratory, Augmented Reality Laboratory), Voice Technology Department, Natural Language Processing Department, Knowledge Map, large data department, and AI platform department.

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Eva Yoo is Shanghai-based tech writer. Reach her at evayoo@technode.com