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Dr Feiyu Xu

SAP SE SVP, Global Head of AI

Dr. Feiyu Xu is Senior Vice President, Global Head of Artificial Intelligence, at SAP. Dr. Xu is leading the AI strategy of SAP and its holistic implementation. 

Since Feb 2022, Dr. Xu is member of supervisory board of German Research Center of Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). 

From March 2017 to March 2020, Dr. Xu was Vice President of Lenovo Group, Head of the AI Lab, Lenovo Research. 

Dr. Xu has broad and in-depth experience of the total cycle of innovation in her expert areas, namely, from basic research, to application and development and finally to products and their commercialization. 

Prior to joining Lenovo, she was Principal Researcher of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), leading the research group of text analytics in the Language Technology Lab. In addition, she was co-founder and general manager of Yocoy Technologies GmbH, a DFKI spin-off company founded in 2007. 

In 2013, she won the Google Focused Research Award for her contribution in the field of natural language processing. 

In 2014, she was awarded the honor of DFKI Research Fellow, the highest honor for researchers at DFKI. 

Dr. Xu has published more than 100 research papers, many of which have been published in internationally renowned artificial intelligence conferences such as ACL, COLING, EMNLP, CONLL, NAACL and LREC. She was also the area chair of text mining, information extraction and Q&A, in European Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL) 2017, and also the area chair of text mining and Q&A, in International Association for Computational Languages (ACL) 2018. 

Feiyu Xu studied technical translation at Tongji University in Shanghai after having been nominated and selected with a waiver of the national admission exam in year 1987. She then studied computational linguistics at Saarland University from 1992 to 1998 and graduated by receiving a Diplom (MSc) with distinction. Her PhD-Thesis is about "bootstrapping relation extraction from semantic seed" in "information extraction". In 2015, Feiyu Xu has completed a habilitation in big text data analytics.

In 2019, Dr. Xu was selected as Forbes 2019 China List of Top 50 Women in Tech. At Global AI Application Product Expo 2019 in China, she was honored as top 10 Persons of the year of Chinese Artificial Intelligence. 

Specialties: AI technology strategy, information service system design, business intelligence, big data, natural language processing, conversational AI, knowledge graph, AI solutions, mobile applications, fluent in Chinese, English and German