Xuedong Huang (黄学东) is a Microsoft Technical Fellow in Cloud and AI. He leads Microsoft’s Speech and Language Group.

In 1993, Huang joined Microsoft to found the company’s speech technology group. As the general manager of Microsoft’s spoken language efforts, he helped to bring speech to the mass market by introducing SAPI to Windows in 1995 and Speech Server to the enterprise since 2004. He served as General Manager for MSR Incubation and Chief Architect for Bing and Ads. In 2015, he returned to AI and Research to lead the advanced technology group. He led the team achieving a historical conversational speech recognition human parity milestone on the Switchboard task and another historical human parity milestone of machine translation on the WMT-2017 task.

He helped to advance AI across Microsoft’s Stack:

  • Solutions: AI for smart meetings (Project Princeton), customer support (Project Toronto), personal Assistant <…