Fei-Fei Li, Google’s AI maven, returns to academia

Carnegie Mellon’s Andrew Moore to join Google Cloud as new head of AI later this year

Google’s artificial intelligence chief departs

Google says the decision to replace Li with Moore was planned in advance and there is no indication that the Project Maven furore was a catalyst for her departure.

Google Cloud has announced Andrew Moore, dean of Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science, would head its Artificial Intelligence (AI) efforts in the future.

He will join Google at the end of the current semester at Carnegie Mellon, it was said. "We are proud that Fei-Fei will be returning to Stanford to continue her leadership in the field of AI in the academic environment, and we're thrilled that we will still be able to continue to work with her as an advisor". "Building on Google's expertise in AI, we have introduced a series of products over the last three years that has helped make this mission a reality". Li had never relinquished her position as head of AI at Stanford and she is returning to this post full-time.

Li, who has been on leave as a professor at Stanford University, has spent almost two years as Google's chief scientist for AI and leader of the Google Cloud AI organization.

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Li's journey with Google hadn't always been smooth sailing, though. Geekwire was first to report on Greene's blog post Monday.

Moore is a Google veteran and worked for the company from 2006 to 2014 as a director in the Pittsburgh office then vice president of engineering for Google Commerce.

Greene, reflecting on the AI researcher's time at Google, wrote that Li "has built a tremendous team and together they have innovated and done a remarkable job of accelerating the adoption of AI and (machine learning) by developers and Google Cloud customers". Nonetheless, Google cloud appears to be growing and Greene is fresh off the successful launch of several important products and services.

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