Founder and CEO, Horizon Robotics

Youth Council——Kai YU

Dr. Kai YU is founder & CEO of Horizon Robotics Inc., dedicated to revolutionizing AI processors and solutions for autonomous systems. He is an internationally recognized expert in deep learning and general AI, a member of National Council of Next-Generation AI Strategy Planning, by Ministry of Science and Technology of China, an expert of China “Top 1000 Talents”, the deputy secretary general of Chinese Association for Artificial Intelligence (CAAI) .

Before founding Horizon Robotics in July 2015, he was Deputy Head of Baidu Research. He founded Baidu Institute of Deep Learning (IDL) in January 2013, the first AI lab in China industry, and he is known as the founder of Baidu autonomous driving project. Prior to joining Baidu, he took various key R&D roles in Germany and U.S.A. for 12 years, i.e., Senior Research Scientist at Neural Computation Department Siemens Corporate Technology, Head of Media Analytics Department of NEC Labs America, Adjunct Faculty at Computer Science Department of Stanford University. 

Dr. Yu has received many awards, including No.1 place of ImageNet Challenge 2010,No.1 place of PASCAL VOC 2009,and Best Paper Runner-up Award of ICML-2013. He also published dozens of research papers with a very high number of citations (more than 14,000). Dr. Yu has been the previous Area Chair of the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) and Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS). In 2011, he taught a class “CS121: Introduction to AI” in Stanford University. 

He received his B.Sc and M.Sc in E&E from Nanjing University, China, and Ph.D in Computer Science at University of Munich, Germany.