Xuedong “XD” Huang serves as Microsoft’s chief speech scientist and leads Microsoft’s Advanced Technology group, which includes Microsoft’s world-wide Advanced Technology Labs in Egypt, Israel, and Germany. XD joined Microsoft to found the company’s speech recognition team. As the head of Microsoft’s spoken language efforts for over a decade, he provided technical, engineering, and business leadership to bring speech recognition to the mass market. XD introduced SAPI to Windows in 1995 and later the enterprise-grade Speech Server in 2004. Prior to his current role, he spent five years in Bing as chief architect working to improve search relevance for the Web. Before Microsoft, he was on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University and directed Sphinx-II, which had not only the best performance of all categories in 1992’s DARPA speech recognition benchmarking but also the most dramatic error reduction in the history of DARPA-sponsored speech recognition evaluations. XD received the Alan Newell research excellence leadership medal in 1992, an IEEE Best Paper award in 1993, and the SpeechTek Top 10 Leaders award in 2003. He was honored as an IEEE Fellow in 2000 and the Asian American Engineer of the Year in 2011. He was recently named to Wired magazine’s 2016 Next list. XD holds over 80 patents and has published 100 papers and two books.
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