23 April 2021 – Assistant Professor Yang You, from the Department of Computer Science, has been named one of Forbes’ ‘30 Under 30 Asia’ – a list that honours 300 trailblazers in various fields under the age of 30.
Dr You was recognised under the healthcare and science category for breaking the world record for ImageNet training speed, a test of image recognition for artificial intelligence (AI), in 2017.
He also led his team to break another world record for the BERT training speed, a benchmark used by Google and Microsoft to measure a machine's understanding of human languages, in 2019.
Dr You, whose research focuses on machine learning, parallel/distributed algorithms, and high-performance computing, was excited to learn that he had made the list.
“This is a very important early‐career award,” he said.
“It is an acknowledgement that my research has a great impact on the industry, with methods that I developed being widely used by leading AI companies such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and NVIDIA,” he added.
Dr You also expressed his gratitude to people that have helped him along the way.
“This award is a recognition for the research that I have done in the last five years. I'd like to thank Professors James Demmel, Kurt Keutzer, and Cho‐Jui Hsieh, for giving me important guidance while I was a PhD student at the University of California, Berkeley,” said Dr You.
He added: “I’d also like to sincerely thank Professor Demmel, and Professor Beng Chin Ooi from NUS Computing, for nominating me for this award.”