About Leyan Technologies is committed to the advancement of cognition technologies to facilitate knowledge workers, by exploiting its state-of-the-art technologies in Natural Language Processing, Knowledge Graph and Machine Learning. Leyan’s Chatbot systems have been widely used in the E-commerce field to assist customer service staff to carry out daily service work. It serves over ten million customers every day, which not only improves efficiency of customer service, but also helps to increase conversion rate significantly. With the mission to bring intelligence to knowledge-intensive work, Leyan has successfully empowered several industries with AI capabilities, including Education, E-government, and Medicine, etc.
Shen LibinFounder & CEODoctor of UPenn, AI expert that has worked on computer-based natural language processing and machine learning for nearly 2 decades;Former senior researcher of IBM Watson;Ranked No.1 in the machine translation evaluation organized by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for years;Council member of the Chinese Information Processing Society of China (CIPS), specialized committee member of the Chinese Association for Artificial Intelligence (CAAI), final review committee member of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF);Won best long paper award at ACL 2008, a top NLP conference, published more than 20 papers at ACL, NAACL, EMNLP and other conferences and journals.
Zhao XingbinCMOFormer general manager of Business Unit of Taobao World with annual sales of over 100 million Yuan;Former ace sales manager of Alibaba.com’s legendary sales team;Former CEO of Miqiang Technology, with rich experience in e-commerce service software and data tool operation management;Ace salesperson at Alibaba.com’s legendary sales team for over a decade, leading hundreds of salespersons and working on business in e-commerce service software and relevant tools.
Li BoCTOMaster of computer of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), successful serial entrepreneur, former technical founder of two software firms boasting hundreds of employees, with rich experience in successful entrepreneurship and management;Former senior technical expert and senior architect of IBM Global Services, who has been in charge of developing and managing many large enterprise-level Internet-based research & development projects in China and Japan for IBM China and IBM Japan;Deputy Secretary-General of Leveled Reading Committee, Society on Modernization of Chinese Language, with rich project practice experience in Chinese information processing.
Wu HaihuaVPMaster of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), senior expert in parallel computing, recommender system and media technology, with 10 American patents;Former Senior Staff Architect of Intel SC, in charge of core development of Intel GPGPU 4K codec/NN;Former Senior R&D Director of Cheetah Mobile, in full charge of Cheetah’s recommender system technology;International expert in GPU general computing, who has led in developing and applying parallel processing technology to Intel’s product lines worldwide and forged intelligent content recommendation products drawing 30 million daily active users from scratch.
Shen Libin Founder & CEODoctor of UPenn, AI expert that has worked on computer-based natural language processing and machine learning for nearly 2 decades；Former senior researcher of IBM Watson；Ranked No.1 in the machine translation evaluation organized by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for years；Council member of the Chinese Information Processing Society of China (CIPS), specialized committee member of the Chinese Association for Artificial Intelligence (CAAI), final review committee member of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) ；Won best long paper award at ACL 2008, a top NLP conference, published more than 20 papers at ACL, NAACL, EMNLP and other conferences and journals.
What is your entrepreneurial vision? Shen Libin:I have worked on natural language processing for nearly 2 decades, which is known as "jewel in the crown"--a top field of AI, and the most important core technology of cognitive intelligence. Cognitive intelligence in essence aims at enabling machine to understand human language, i.e., human knowledge. As modern services are rendered increasingly intelligent, technology spares us from part of labor so that we can do something more creative. This way, we are undertaking the mission of the times while agreeing with market demand. Leyan Technologies is devoted to enabling industry upgrading by such cognitive intelligent technologies as natural language processing, knowledge graph and deep learning, and providing total AI solutions. Our vision is "leading in cognitive intelligence and leaping in human knowledge work". The word "leaping" can be explained from temporal and spatial perspectives: in the temporal sense, "leaping" indicates speed and efficiency, more to the point, we aspire for expediting industrial reform based on a solid technical base; in the spatial sense, "leaping" means we need break the mold, to be specific, remove knowledge-intensive labor to tap into our abilities to the maximum. After all, it is of value to society to spare manpower from simple and repeated work.
What is the most daunting challenge when starting up the business? Shen Libin:Cognitive intelligence can be applied to a broad range of areas. At the moment, we are working on and have maintained a leading position in intelligent e-commerce customer services. In addition, we have introduced relevant scenarios in education, government affair, healthcare, and finance. Efforts of crossover cooperation with AI have been made in many industries and indeed we are granted with lots of opportunities. However, as a startup constrained by resources and efforts, we cannot wield all in all industries. Therefore, we need maintain rapid growth of our core businesses while exploiting and making remarkable performance in other "blue oceans" based on constant determination and decision making in business development.
In which ways does ZWC help? Shen Libin:ZWC has kept following the development of Leyan Technologies and given constructive proposals to us in strategic planning, institutional building, team management and marketing. Besides, ZWC has helped us make rapid development based on abundant business and channel resources and strategic partnership that weighs heavily. During outbreak of the epidemic, ZWC donated some anti-epidemic supplies including face masks to us to gratify our pressing demand for work redemption.
Why do you turn to ZWC for investment and what is difference between ZWC and other shareholders? Shen Libin:ZWC's partners are veteran investors and entrepreneurs, who can give lean proposals and new thoughts to us. Then we can make few mistakes and concentrate on our business development. ZWC includes AI firms into its investment layout and facilitates AI technical talent exchange and business connection. In such a sound competitive atmosphere, we undertake to keep keen and aggressive. Moreover, ZWC upholds the "altruism"-based investment philosophy, which exactly agrees with our philosophy of concentrating on cognitive intelligence and creating greater social value. Actually we have experienced ZWC's "altruism" in real post-investment services. It has rendered many tangible benefits and a full range of services to entrepreneurs.