XJTLU graduate lands top role at Baidu
2017-02-17 14:49:00

China’s search engine giant Baidu has announced that Cheng Lyu, a Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) graduate, will become the general manager responsible for its smart home hardware division.

Cheng’s appointment follows Baidu's acquisition of Cheng's start-up company Raven Technology, which he founded in 2014. It was developed under global seed accelerator Y Combinator, and has attracted investment from ZhenFund, Matrix Partner, DCM and Y Combinator.

The company aims to "make life easier, more elegant and more efficient" through the power of technology and design. Its voice-activated, artificial intelligence-based music application Flow has millions of users.

In his new role with Baidu, Cheng will be responsible for Baidu's smart home hardware business. He will support the development of Duer, Baidu's own artificially intelligent personal assistant, to improve user experience and future 'smart' products and devices.

Cheng Lyu was born in 1990 in Shaanxi Province. He studied financial mathematics at Suzhou-based XJTLU and the University of Liverpool in England. He launched his first start-up project at XJTLU, Timeet, a timetable-based social networking app.

He has been named twice in "Forbes 30 under 30" lists (2015/2016).

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