Dr. Xuedong Huang is a Microsoft Technical Fellow in Microsoft Cloud and AI. He leads Microsoft's Speech and Language Group. As Microsoft's Chief Speech Scientist, he led the team achieving a historical conversational speech recognition human parity milestone (Switchboard) in 2016, a historical machine translation human parity milestone (WMT-2017) in 2018, and another historical conversation Q&A human parity milestone (CoQA) in 2019.
IIn 1993, Huang joined Microsoft to found the company's speech technology group. As the general manager of Microsoft's spoken language efforts for over a decade, he helped to bring speech recognition to the mass market by introducing SAPI to Windows in 1995 and Speech Server to the enterprise call center in 2004. Before Microsoft, he was on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University.
He received the Allen Newell Research Excellence Leadership Medal in 1992 and IEEE Best Paper Award in 1993. He is an IEEE and ACM Fellow. He was named as the Asian American Engineer of the Year (2011), Wired Magazine's 25 Geniuses Who Are Creating the Future of Business (2016), and AI World's Top 10 (2017). He holds over 100 patents and has published over 100 papers and two books.
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