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Baidu expands AI research in US
( chinadaily.com.cn )
Updated: 2017-10-12

Chinese internet search engine giant Baidu Inc opened its second United States R&D facility in Sunnyvale, California on Oct 2, hoping to lure more talents in fields of artificial intelligence (AI) and self-piloting vehicles.

The new office, with a capacity for 150 employees, covers an area of 36,000-square-feet (about 33.4 hectares). Engineers at the location will either work on Baidu's self-piloting automobile platform–Apollo, or focus on internet security.

Headquartered in Beijing's Zhongguancun Science Park, Baidu commits 15 percent of its revenue to R&D, and currently has more than 2,000 people in its AI division researching concepts like computer vision, speech recognition, deep learning and natural language comprehension.

Baidu expands AI research in US

Baidu's second US R&D facility, located in Sunnyvale, CA. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

The company opened its first US office in 2011 and its first US R&D lab in 2014, which currently employs 200 people focusing on Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR and self-piloting AI technologies.

Baidu President Zhang Yaqin said at the R&D center's unveiling ceremony that the company is now entering a new era of AI, and China can lead in technology and R&D together with the US.

He also said that he has a vision of China and the US becoming twin engines of innovation over the next 10 years.

Baidu expands AI research in US

Baidu's self-piloting cars are parked in the new R&D center. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Edited by Zachary Dye