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Former Microsoft AI Principal Researcher He Xiaodong Joins JD.Com

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He Xiaodong, former principal researcher at Microsoft Research’s artificial intelligence unit will join JD.com as vice president working at JD.com’s AI lab, according to local media.

JD.com did not immediately respond to China Money Network’s email seeking comment.

He Xiaodong previously worked for Microsoft for more than a decade. At Microsoft’s deep learning group, he led the efforts to develop algorithms, models, and systems in deep supervised and unsupervised learning, deep reinforcement learning, and neural-symbolic reasoning. He led the image captioning effort at Microsoft Cognitive Services that supports CaptionBot.

After joining Microsoft in 2006, he published more than 100 papers and received several awards, including the Outstanding Paper Award at ACL 2015. He holds a PhD degree in computer science from University of Missouri-Columbia and completed his master degree at Chinese Academy of Sciences.

JD has increased its efforts to attract global talent. Its financial arm, JD Finance, hired Zheng Yu, former urban computing group research manager at Microsoft, and hired Bo Liefeng, former principal research scientist at Amazon.com Inc., as chief scientist of its artificial intelligence lab last October.

Yesterday, JD.com announced the launch of an international research and innovation center focused on supply chain management.

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