Entry Date:
June 18, 2018

CSAIL-iFlyTek Collaboration

Principal Investigator Daniela Rus

Co-investigators Randall Davis , James Glass , Joshua Tenenbaum

Project Start Date June 2018

Project End Date
 June 2023

The MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) has announced a new five-year collaboration with iFlyTek, a leading Chinese company in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language processing.

iFlyTek’s speech-recognition technology is often described as “China’s Siri” and is used extensively across multiple industries to translate languages, give directions, and even transcribe court testimony. Alongside Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent, they are one of four companies designated by the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology to develop open platforms for AI technologies. Their researchers will collaborate with CSAIL on several projects in fundamental AI and related areas, including computer vision, speech-to-text systems, and human-computer interaction.

Participating researchers from CSAIL include professors Randall Davis, Jim Glass, and Joshua Tenenbaum. Davis will collaborate with iFlyTek on human-computer interaction and creating interfaces to be used in health care applications. Glass’s research will focus on unsupervised speech processing. Tenenbaum’s work will center around trying to build more human-like AI by integrating insights from cognitive development, cognitive neuroscience, and probabilistic programming.