(Yicai Global) Oct. 27 -- The head of Baidu Inc.'s [NASDAQ:BIDU] Institute of Deep Learning (IDL), Lin Yuanqing, has submitted his resignation and plans to leave Chinese internet giant in order to pursue a path of entrepreneurship in the artificial intelligence sector, Chinese technology media platform TechNode reported yesterday.
Lin succeeded Andrew Ng, former chief scientist at Baidu Research, in the position in March but was removed after a mere five months following an internal reshuffle at the end of August.
He joined Baidu as director of the IDL laboratory and also held previous positions as head of media analytics at NEC Labs America Inc. He holds a masters degree in optical engineering from Tsinghua University and a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
During his tenure at NEC, Lin led teams focused his research on deep learning, computer vision and self-driving cars to achieve world-leading results. After joining Baidu, the IDL laboratory also won first place in an international competition related to computer vision technologies.