Dr. Hui Cheng

Dr. Hui Cheng

Head of JDX Silicon Valley Research Center, JD.com


Dr. Hui Cheng is the Sr. Director and head of JD.com’s JD-X Silicon Valley Research Center, where he leads a team working on technologies that will revolutionize the retail industry. JD-X is developing autonomous ground delivery vehicles, delivery drones and warehouse robotic systems, powered by artificial intelligence.

Prior to JD.com, Dr. Cheng was the Senior Research Manager of Amazon Go where he led the development of innovative computer vision and machine learning technologies for the grab-and-go new shopping experience. He was also the Program Director and head of the Cognitive and Adaptive Vision System Group at SRI International / Sarnoff Corporation where he led more than 30 client-sponsored R&D programs.   His programs span from applying AI and computer vision to social media analysis; aerial, ground and mobile activities understanding; to intelligent training systems and novel applications through automated analysis of consumer-generated content, Internet of Things (IoT) and other Big Data sources. Dr. Cheng started his career in Chinese Academy of Sciences and also worked at Xerox Corporate Research.

Dr. Cheng has his Ph.D. from Purdue University, his M.S. from University of Minnesota, his B.S. from Shanghai Jiaotong University.  He has more than 60 publications and holds 30 patents.