(Yicai Global) March 19 -- Jia Yangqing, a former artificial intelligence expert for Facebook, has joined Alibaba Group Holding as vice president of engineering.
Jia will lead research and development on Big Data computing platforms, the Hangzhou-based tech giant's AI lab Alibaba Damo Academy said on Quora-like question-and-answer platform Zhihu.
The Tsinghua University graduate joined Facebook three years ago as a director involved in developing the California-based firm's solutions for computer vision, natural language processing, speech recognition and augmented reality. Before that, he was a research scientist at Google's deep learning team Google Brain.
Founded in October 2017, Damo Acadamy was set up to help Alibaba achieve its goal of becoming the world's fifth-largest economy over the next two decades, according to its website. It has seven global locations including in Hangzhou and Silicon Valley.
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