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The sudden death of 45-year-old Chief scientist of Megvii and artificial intelligence innovator Dr. Sun Jian has sent shock waves through the AI community.

Dr. Jian, who had devoted his life to scientific research and exploration in AI, died suddenly in the early hours of last Tuesday morning.

According to Min.news tech Dr. Jian was responsible for developing several technologies, including ‘ShuffleNet, an efficient convolutional neural network on the mobile terminal, an open-source deep learning framework Tianyuan MegEngine, and an IA productivity platform Brain++.”

Sun Jian ‘defeated Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and other AI giants and won three championships in the COCO & Places Image Understanding International competition (COCO object detection, human key points, places object segmentation,” in 2017.

In early 2019 Dr. Sun Jian became the first dean of the Megvii Research Institute following the launch of Xi’an Jiaotong University’s School of Artificial Intelligence.

A statement released by the Institute said:

“We are extremely sad that Dr. Sun Kian, the chief scientist of Megvii and Dean of the Megvii Research Institute, left us forever in the early hours of June 14, 2022, due to the ineffectiveness of emergency treatment.”

Dr. Jian’s focus on computer vision and computational photography was described as ‘the cutting edge’ of artificial intelligence applications. He had over 100 academic papers published and held around 40 patents, most of which he gained while working at Microsoft.

The news has shocked the AI community with many tributes for the fallen Doctor shared online. Megvii Technology co-founder Yin Qi posted:

“Sun Jian, go all the way! The unfinished business will definitely be completed.”

While Dr. Jian’s colleagues cited his death was due to the ‘ineffectiveness of emergency treatment,’ no further details have been released.

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