Princeton University

School of Engineering & Applied Science

Age of AI: Artificial Intelligence

Eric Chang, Microsoft Research Asia
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Abstract:  The building of a computer that can intelligently carry out tasks that require “human level intelligence” has been a goal for computer scientist since the 1950’s. Recently, tasks that were considered to exhibit human level intelligence such as understanding natural language, carry out conversational speech, playing master level chess, and interpreting and understanding images have all seen a great deal of improvements and many have seen real world applications. Nowadays it is rare not to see media coverage of AI on day-to-day basis. In this talk, I will provide an overview of the recent progress of artificial intelligence and highlight the gap between today’s artificial intelligence and human intelligence, predict the new future directions of AI and address several issues potentially raised by the further development of AI.
Biography:  Dr. Eric Chang joined Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA) in July, 1999 to work in the area of speech technologies. Eric is currently the Senior Director of Technology Strategy at MSR Asia, where his responsibilities include communications, IP portfolio management, and driving new research themes such as eHealth. Prior to joining Microsoft, Eric had worked in Nuance Communications, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Toshiba, and General Electric Corporate Research and Development. Eric graduated from MIT with Ph.D., Master and Bachelor degrees, all in the field of electrical engineering and computer science. Eric’s work has been reported by Wall Street Journal, Technology Review, and other publications.