Changhu Wang is currently Director of ByteDance AI Lab, Beijing, China. He received B.E. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Science and Technology of China, in 2004 and 2009, respectively. Before joining Toutiao AI Lab, he worked as a lead researcher in Microsoft Research from 2009 to 2017. He worked as a research engineer at the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in National University of Singapore in 2008.
Changhu is leading the visual computing team in Toutiao AI Lab, working on computer vision, multimedia analysis, and machine learning. Moreover, he and his team are responsible for applying the techniques from these areas to a broad range of multimedia and vision applications in Toutiao products, such as Toutiao app (今日头条), Tik Tok (抖音短视频), Vigo (火山小视频), musical.ly, TopBuzz.
Changhu has authored or co-authored over 50 papers in high-quality journals and conferences. He has shipped multiple technologies to Microsoft products, such as Bing, Office, XiaoIce, etc. He holds 9 U.S. granted patents. He also served as program committee member and reviewer for 20+ high-quality conferences and journals. He built one of the first million-level sketch-based image search systems, as well as the first billion-level system in the world. He also built one of the first general sketch recognition systems. He was awarded Microsoft Gold Star Award in 2011, in the recognition of his important contribution to Microsoft’s success. He received a Best Demo Award in ACM International Conference on Multimedia 2010 in the recognition of MindFinder system. He was awarded Microsoft Fellowship in 2007.