ImageNet: Where Have We Gone? Where Are We Going? with Fei-Fei Li

It took nature and evolution more than 500 million years to develop a powerful visual system in humans. The journey for AI and computer vision is about half of a century. In this talk, Dr. Li will briefly discuss the key ideas and the cutting edge advances in the quest for visual intelligences in computers, focusing on work done to develop ImageNet over the years.

Fei-Fei Li


Fei-Fei Li is currently on sabbatical as the Chief Scientist of AI/ML at Google Cloud. She is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at Stanford, and the Director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab. Her main research areas are in machine learning, deep learning, computer vision, and cognitive and computational neuroscience. She has published more than 150 scientific articles in top-tier journals and conferences, including Nature, PNAS, Journal of Neuroscience, CVPR, ICCV, NIPS, ECCV, IJCV, IEEE-PAMI, etc. Li obtained her B.A. degree in physics from Princeton with High Honors, and her Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). She joined Stanford in 2009 as an assistant professor, and was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2012.

Prior to that, she was on faculty at Princeton University and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Li is the inventor of ImageNet and the ImageNet Challenge, a critical large-scale dataset and benchmarking effort that has contributed to the latest developments in deep learning and AI. In addition to her technical contributions, she is a leading voice for advocating diversity in STEM and AI. She is co-founder of Stanford's renowned SAILORS outreach program for high school girls and the national non-profit AI4ALL. For her work in AI, Li was a speaker at the TED2015 main conference, a recipient of the IAPR 2016 J.K. Aggarwal Prize, the 2016 nVidia Pioneer in AI Award, 2014 IBM Faculty Fellow Award, 2011 Alfred Sloan Faculty Award, 2012 Yahoo Labs FREP award, 2009 NSF CAREER award, the 2006 Microsoft Research New Faculty Fellowship and a number of Google Research awards. Work from her lab has been featured in a variety of popular press magazines and newspapers including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Science, Wired Magazine, MIT Technology Review, Financial Times, and more. She was selected as one of the "Great Immigrants: The Pride of America" in 2016 by the Carnegie Foundation.