Quest for Cure
President, HTC Research & Healthcare
Edward Chang currently serves as the President of Research and Healthcare (DeepQ) at HTC. Ed’s most notable work is co-leading the DeepQ project to design and develop mobile wireless diagnostic instruments. Such instruments can help consumers make their own reliable health diagnoses anywhere at any time. The project entered the Tricorder XPRIZE competition in 2013 with 310 other entrants and was awarded second place in April 2017 with 1M USD prize. The artificial intelligence infrastructure that powers DeepQ is also applied to power Vivepaper, an AR product Ed’s team launched in 2016 to support immersive augmented reality experiences (for education, training, and entertainment).
Prior to his HTC post, Ed was a director of Google Research for 6.5 years, leading research and development in several areas including scalable machine learning, indoor localization, and social networking and search integration. His contributions in parallel machine learning algorithms and data-driven deep learning (US patents 8798375 and 9547914) are recognized to be an IEEE fellow. His work on IMU calibration/fusion (US patents 8362949, 9135802, 9295027, 9383202, and 9625290) with project X was first deployed via Google Indoor Maps (see XINX paper and ASIST/ACM SIGIR/ICADL keynotes) and is now widely used on mobile phones and VR/AR devices. Ed's team also developed the Google Q&A system (codename Confucius), which was launched in over 60 countries.
Prior to Google, Ed was a full professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). He is a recipient of the NSF Career Award, IBM Faculty Partnership Award, and Google Innovation Award. He is currently also a visiting professor at University of California, Berkeley.