Yu-Ting Kuo, SM ‘94

I am a Corporate Vice President in the Technology and Research Group at Microsoft. In this role, I work on cross-company technical and strategic initiatives. My current focus areas are environment-aware machine learning and AI platform scaling.

Previously, I founded and oversaw Microsoft’s Computer Vision Engineering Group, where I managed a global engineering and science organization that developed state of the art technologies in the areas of computer vision and mixed reality. I also helped found Microsoft’s AI R&D Center in Taipei where the company works on advanced machine learning capabilities.

In 2016, I led Microsoft’s acquisition and ongoing management of London-based SwiftKey, the top AI-powered mobile keyboard, and served as its post-acquisition manager. In 2015, I founded the project initiative that would eventually become Microsoft’s Azure Cognitive Services. Azure Cognitive Services was the first publicly available suite of AI services for developers, helping democratize AI technology for the industry and reaching over one million developer customers.

Previously, I served as Technical Advisor to the Executive Vice President of Microsoft’s AI and Research Group, where I led technical strategy, planning, incubation, and strategic prototyping.

I joined Microsoft from McKinsey & Company in 1996 as a technical evangelist. I am an alumnus of National Tsinghua University, Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Outside of work, ​I am an avid collector of Star Wars Lego sets and mechanical keyboards. ​I also serve on the alumni board of MIT Sloan School of Management.