Talk to Tony Han, associate professor of computer science at the MU College of Engineering, about deep learning, and it doesn’t take long to figure out how deeply he believes in the method’s possibilities. Big Data, smart cities, biomedical innovations, security — all are areas he said he believes will be heavily impacted by deep learning.
Han currently is on a research sabbatical, working on cutting edge research in the field of deep learning. Take Deep Speech 2 as an example. Han led a team of Silicon Valley researchers that developed Deep Speech 2, a speech recognition system used by Baidu, China’s most popular search engine. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Technology Review named the system one of the 10 breakthrough technologies of 2016 because of it’s uncanny ability to recognize words despite stutters, irregular speech patterns, accents and more.