Dr. Ya-Qin Zhang is currently the President of Baidu Inc. (NASDAQ: BIDU), a leading global Internet company in web search, mobile Internet, cloud computing, and artificial intelligence. Prior to joining Baidu in 2014, Zhang served as Microsoft's Corporate Vice President. Over his 16 year tenure at Microsoft, he has taken various key positions, including the Managing Director of Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA), Chairman of Microsoft China, and Corporate Vice President for mobile and embedded Products in Redmond, Washington. Zhang is a world-renowned scientist and one of most visible business executives in technologies. He is the author of 12 books, 500 papers and 60 granted US patents in digital video and communications. He received many prestigious technology and industry awards, including the IEEE industry pioneer award, Fellow of IEEE, and life achievement award of Asia Engineering society. He was named one of the top 10 CEOs in Asia, 50 global shapers, and executive of the year by IT Times, Business Weekly, and Global Enterprise. He serves on the Board of Directors of five high-tech companies, and holds adjunct professorship in eight prestigious universities. Zhang received his Doctor of Science in Electrical Engineering from George Washington Univ. , and M.S.and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Univ. of Sciences and Technology of China.