Professor Qun Liu Joined Huawei Noah's Ark Lab as the Chief Scientist of Speech and Language Computing

Jul. 2018

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Abstract: Dr. Qun Liu, a professor in Dublin City University, recently joined Huawei Noah's Ark Lab as the Chief Scientist of Speech and Language Computing, to lead cutting-edge research and technological innovation in the field of speech and natural language processing.
In July 2018, Dr. Qun Liu, a professor at Dublin City University in Ireland, and an expert in natural language processing and machine translation, officially joined Huawei Noah's Ark Lab as the Chief Scientist of Speech and Language Computing, to lead cutting-edge research and technological innovation in the field of speech and natural language processing.
Qun Liu graduated from the Computer Science Department of the University of Science and Technology of China in 1989. He obtained a master's degree from the Institute of Computing Technology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1992 and a Ph.D. from Peking University in 2004. Before July 2012, he was a researcher at the Institute of Computing Technology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the head of the Natural Language Processing Research Group. From July 2012 to June 2018, Qun Liu was a professor of Dublin City University and the NLP Theme Leader of the ADAPT Research Centre, Ireland (formerly CNGL Research Centre). Dr. Qun Liu is an internationally renowned expert in the field of natural language processing and machine translation. His research interests include multilingual information processing, machine translation models, methods and evaluations. The ICTCLAS open source system which he initially led was the most widely used Chinese word segmentation and part-of-speech tagging tool, which was honored with the first prize of Qian Weichang Chinese Information Science and Technology Award of Chinese Information Processing Society in China. His research team has conducted long-term research in the field of syntax-based machine translation. Representative results include tree-to-string models, maximum entropy transduction grammar models, and forest-based machine translation methods. Professor Qun Liu has published more than 60 papers in top conferences and journals on natural language processing, and has been cited more than 7,000 times (Google Scholar). He was one of the winners of the second prize of Beijing Science and Technology in 2009 and the second prize of National Science and Technology Progress in 2015. Technologies developed by his research group have been licensed to many companies. He has been PIs or co-PIs of many large-scale scientific research projects under national or international scientific foundations and programs such as China’s National Natural Science Foundation, the “863” Program, the Irish Science Foundation, the EU's Seventh Framework Programme and the H2020 Programme. Professor Qun Liu has supervised more than 40 students to the completion of their M.Sc. or Ph.D. degrees. Many of these students have become active researchers in the field of natural language processing and machine translation in universities, or heads of machine translation teams in large Internet companies.
Speech and natural language processing is an important research field of Huawei Noah's Ark Lab. The main research directions include speech recognition and synthesis, machine translation, dialogue, and question answering systems. In the past few years, the team has been committed to building deep-learning-based voice dialogue systems and machine translation systems, and implemented technologies in a number of products such as Huawei smartphones, which improved the performance of Huawei products and services significantly, and contributed to the technical advancement of the whole industry. Professor Qun Liu's expertise and insights are very compatible with Noah's Ark Lab. His participation will undoubtedly further enhance the research strength and innovation capability of Noah's Ark Lab in the field of natural language processing. It is well recognized that natural language processing is one of the most difficult challenges in artificial intelligence. As human beings entering the era of artificial intelligence, the amount of smart devices and data is growing at an unprecedented rate, and the demand for human-computer interaction through voice and language is also increasing rapidly. All these changes is bringing about many new opportunities and challenges for natural language processing. It is believed that under the leadership of Professor Qun Liu, Noah's Ark Lab can make more influential frontier research and technological innovation in the field of speech and natural language processing, and apply artificial intelligence technologies to create greater value for Huawei and the society.
Noah's Ark Lab is Huawei's research center for artificial intelligence (AI) capability, focusing on the research of fundamental algorithms for intelligence and the creation of data-efficient and power-efficient AI engines. Research in Noah's Ark Lab includes six major directions: computer vision, speech and natural language processing, recommendation systems and search engines, decision making and reasoning, human computer interaction, and AI theory. The lab has R&D branches in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an, London, Paris, Moscow, Toronto, Montreal, and Edmonton.