Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Andrew Ng (born 1976, Chinese: 吳恩達) is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Electrical Engineering by courtesy at Stanford University, and he works as the Director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab. He also co-founded Coursera, an online education platform, with Daphne Koller.
He researches primarily in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning. His early work includes the Stanford Autonomous Helicopter project, which developed one of the most capable autonomous helicopters in the world, and the STAIR (STanford Artificial Intelligence Robot) project, which resulted in ROS, a widely used open-source robotics software platform.
Ng is also the author or co-author of over 100 published papers in machine learning, robotics and related fields, and some of his work in computer vision has been featured in a series of press releases and reviews. In 2008, he was named to the MITTechnology Review TR35 as one of the top 35 innovators in the world under the age of 35. In 2007, Ng was awarded aSloan Fellowship. For his work in Artificial Intelligence, he is also a recipient of the Computers and Thought Award.
In 2011, Ng founded the Google Brain project at Google, which developed very large scale artificial neural networks usingGoogle's distributed compute infrastructure. Among its notable results was a neural network trained using deep learningalgorithms on 16,000 CPU cores, that learned to recognize higher-level concepts, such as cats, after watching only YouTubevideos, and without ever having been told what a "cat" is. The project's technology is currently also used in the Android Operating System's speech recognition system.
Ng started the Stanford Engineering Everywhere (SEE) program, which in 2008 placed a number of Stanford courses online, for free. Ng taught one of these courses, Machine Learning, which consisted of video lectures by him, along with the student materials used in the Stanford CS229 class.
The "applied" version of the Stanford class (CS229a) was hosted on ml-class.org and started in October 2011, with over 100,000 students registered for its first iteration; the course featured quizzes and graded programming assignments and became one of the first successful MOOCs made by Stanford professors. His work subsequently led to the founding of Coursera in 2012.
Ng was born in the UK in 1976 and spent time in Hong Kong and Singapore. He later graduated from Raffles Institution in Singapore as the class of 1992 to receive his undergraduate degree in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as the class of 1997. Then, he attained his master's degree fromMassachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts as the class of 1998 and received his PhD from University of California, Berkeley in 2002. He started working at Stanford University during that year; he currently lives in Palo Alto, California.