People Digest: Xiaomi ropes in Kaldi creator; Aibee strengthens leadership team

Shanghai, China. Photo by Merlin Kraus on Unsplash

China’s smartphone giant Xiaomi has roped in Daniel Povey, the creator of speech recognition toolkit Kaldi, as its speech recognition chief scientist. In a separate development, Chinese AI startup Aibee names Ken Qi as its new co-founder.

Xiaomi ropes in speech recognition chief scientist

Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi Corporation has hired Daniel Povey as its speech recognition chief scientist, according to an announcement.

The appointment comes in almost 3 months after Povey posted on social media that he was seeking opportunities to work for a Chinese company.

In his new role, Povey tweeted that he will work on the next generation “PyTorch-y Kaldi”, as Xiaomi deploys a strategy called Smartphone + AIoT to build its smart home ecosystem using a comprehensive voice assistant.

Daniel Povey, the main developer of the widely used open-source speech recognition toolkit Kaldi, had served as the associate research scientist at John Hopkins University for 7 years. Before joining the university, Povey contributed as a researcher in computer speech recognition for Microsoft Corporation, IBM and Cambridge University.

Chinese AI startup Aibee strengthens leadership team

Chinese artificial intelligence (AI) startup Aibee announced on Tuesday that it has appointed Ken Qi as its co-founder.

Qi will take charge of the company’s sales & marketing initiatives, drive innovation in IT and establish new businesses such as retail chain, FMCC, real estate, logistics, tourism, and transportation.

Qi, who has over two decades of experience in business operation, was earlier a senior vice president at meicai.cn, a Chinese B2B e-commerce unicorn that connects vegetable farmers with restaurants. He has also worked as a regional leader in Spencer Stuart for 5 years, in which Qi focused on businesses focusing on the internet.  He has also had stints with SAP, Cisco, Microsoft, Oracle and Unisys.

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Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

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  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
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