The Team behind Rulai

The team of Rulai is made up of industry vetarens, researches and engineers who each have a depth of experience not typically seen in an early stage company. The team brings to the table backgrounds in artificial intelligence, machine learning, natural language processing, recommendation systems and customer service and engagement strategies. The team understands and has seen first hand the nature of building a high-growth company.

Yi Zhang, Ph.D.


Full Professor at University of California, Santa Cruz. Yi is an expert on artificial intelligence, recommendation systems and machine learning. She has served as technical consultant for several companies including HP, Alibaba, etc. Yi received her Ph.D. and M.S. from Carnegie Mellon University and B.S. from Tsinghua University.

Xing Yi


Prior to joining Rulai, Xing is Senior Scientist in Search and Personalization at Yahoo! Lab. Xing has published dozens of research papers in top conferences and journals. His work received Best Paper Award in ACM RecSys 2014. Xing has served on Program Committees of numerous international conferences. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Massachusetts and M.E. from Tsinghua University.

Roger Jin


Roger is a serial entrepreneur. He was the Founder and CEO of Unionpay Smart, a financial data analytics company funded by Unionpay. Roger has worked at Visa and Oracle and received his Master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University and Bachelor from Fudan University.

Jim Diaz


Jim is a visionary, hands on, leader known for taking innovative ideas that pair deep learning and natural language processing with differentiated data sets, turning them into game changing businesses to generate rising revenue, profits and shareholder ROI. Zero to $300m+ revenues with profitability through IPOs and multi-billion dollar exits more than once. Previously at Excite, Ask Jeeves, Turn, Affine, Shotzoom, Attune.

Huajun Zeng


Huajun brought in 10+ years of technical experience in intelligent service, search, online advertising and large scale data processing system projects. As Director of Engineering in Alibaba, Huajun led the efforts in natural language processing, question-answering and deep learning within. Prior to that, he worked at Microsoft on information retrieval and machine learning. He has published 50+ US patents in the above areas and 40+ papers in top conferences/journals like SIGIR, WWW, etc.