Jia Li explains why a democratized approach to AI ensures that the components behind these technologies reach the widest possible audience.
Jia Li is the Head of R&D, Cloud AI and ML. Before joining Google, she was the Head of Research at Snap, leading the research innovation effort of Snap. Prior to that, Jia led the Visual Computing and Learning Group at Yahoo! Labs. Jia received her Ph.D. degree from the Computer Science Department at Stanford University. She is serving as the Program Chair of the ACM Multimedia Conference 2017, the Associate Editor of the Visual Computer: International Journal of Computer Graphics by Springer and the Computer Vision Foundation Industrial Advisory Board Member. She served as the Industry Relationship Chair in CVPR 2016, Volunteers Chair in CVPR 2010, and Area Chair for WACV 2015 in the past. In 2014, she was selected to receive the Super Star award at Yahoo!, the highest award at the company. She was also awarded the Master Inventor Award for her innovations in Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Mobile Vision, E-Commerce, Product Recommendation and Image Search. She was the leader of the OPTIMOL team, which won the first prize in the Semantic Robotics Vision Challenge sponsored by NSF and AAAI in 2007. Her work has been widely reported in the media including: The Next Web, Ars Technica, ZDNet, GigaOm, Venture Beat, Mirror, Business Insider, New Scientist and MIT Technology Review in recent years. She was listed as one of the ‘Secret Power Players Who Run Snapchat’ by Business Insider in 2016.