Li Deng (IEEE M’89;SM’92;F’04) received the Bachelor degree from Univ. Science & Technology of China (USTC; Guo Mo-Ruo Awardee), and Master and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, US. He was an assistant professor (1989-1992), tenured associate professor (1992-1996) and Full Professor (1996-1999) at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. In 1999, he joined Microsoft Research, Redmond, USA, where currently he leads R&D of application-focused deep learning as a Partner Research Manager of its Deep Learning Technology Center. Since January 2016, he has also taken new responsibilities in the company as Chief Scientist of AI in Microsoft’s Applications and Service Group (ASG). Since 2000, he has been Affiliate Full Professor and graduate committee member at the University of Washington, Seattle.
Sheila Nirenberg is a neuroscientist/professor at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, where she studies neural coding – that is, how the brain takes information from the outside world and encodes it in patterns of electrical activity. The idea is to be able to decode the activity, to look at a pattern of electrical pulses and know what an animal is seeing or thinking or feeling. Recently, she’s been using this work to develop new kinds of prosthetic devices, particularly ones for treating blindness.