About Us

Our Vision

We are pioneers of artificial intelligence research and innovation.YITU Technology integrates state-of-the-art AI technology business applications to build a safer, faster and healthier world. 

YITU maintains a world-class R&D team to drive industrial development with advanced technologies. Rather than simply using technologies from large companies or laboratories for monetary gains, we are engaged in fundamental research of artificial intelligence aimed to find comprehensive solutions for machine vision, listening and understanding. We strive for breakthroughs in computer vision, natural language understanding, knowledge reasoning, intelligent hardware and robotics. Today YITU has an extensive presence in sectors such as security, finance, transportation and healthcare.

We are curious about human wisdoms, and we expand the potential of AI. Side by side, We look forward to creating an intelligent future with you.

Founding Team

ZHU Long

ZHU Long received his PhD in Statistics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Long was a student of Professor Alan Yuille, who is a descendant of Stephen William Hawking. Long specializes in statistical modeling of computer vision and artificial intelligence.
Long was also a postdoctoral Fellow at MIT AI Laboratory studying brain science and computational photography and a Research Fellow in the Courant Mathematics Research Institute ran by Yann Lecun, the founder of deep learning, at New York University.

LIN Chenxi

A former senior expert at Aliyun computing. LIN Chenxi led a team of more than one hundred senior engineers and set up the Apsara distributed cloud computing operating system, the largest of its kind with independent intellectual property rights in China.
Before joining Alibaba Group, Lin has worked with Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA) in the field of machine learning, computer vision, information retrieval and distributed systems.
Lin received his masters degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2005. In 2002, Lin was selected as a member of the ACM-ICPC team of Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Lin’s team won the champion of ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC), the first time an asian team won this award. In 2003, Lin received the first Chancellor of Shanghai Jiao Tong University Award.

Core Technical Team

CHEN Yuanhao

CHEN Yuanhao, PhD from University of Science and Technology of China. A student of Dr. ZHANG Hongjiang, Chen specializes in computer science and machine learning. Chen has published more than a dozen papers in top international academic journals and conferences. He was conferred the Champion of Image Object Detection in the PASCAL Visual Object Classes Challenge 2011.


ZHOU Jian, Master in computer science from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Zhou won Asia’s world championship of ACM-ICPC in 2002. Zhou joined Google in 2006 and was put charge of search quality optimization of its Chinese website. He then worked with Aliyun and MediaV as R&D Manager and Director in distributed systems.

WU Min

WU Min, Master in Computer science from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Wu has worked with Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA) in research of machine learning and distributed systems. Wu then joined Tudou in charge of overall R&D.


LIU Jin, Bachelor in Mathematics and Master in Computer science from Peking University. Liu has worked with Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA) and Aliyun in large-scale distributed computing platform. Liu specializes in distributed systems, programming language and system programming.


LUO YI Graduated from the Department of Computer Science of Nan Jing University, former head of the Technology Section of Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Public Security, LUO Yi is a senior expert in police information and intelligent transportation. He led the construction of China’s first high-definition vehicle traffic control system, and is one of the key members of the Intelligent Transportation of Shanghai (ITS) Program.

NI Hao

NI Hao graduated from Nanjing University. Former senior computing expert at Aliyun, he worked as the Product Director and helped built up the product team of Aliyun. Ni has rich experience in both theory and practice of big data applications. Ni was also former CTO of Wacai.

WU Shuang

Former senior researcher at AI Lab of Baidu’s Institute of Deep Learning in Silicon Valley and senior architect of Baidu Research in the US, WU Shuang hold a PhD degree in Physics from the University of South California (USC) and was a postdoctoral scholar in the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA). He specialiases in computer science, biological vision, Internet advertising algorithm, and recommender systems of texts and videos on the Internet.


CHEN Hong received a PhD in Computer Science from Purdue University and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Technology from Tsinghua University. Chen participated in the development of high-frequency trading systems at Knight Capital Group, and was a technical lead of product back end systems in Square.

Company History

  • 2012

    2012  YITU Technology was founded.

  • 2013

    2013  YITU received angel-round funding from ZhenFund.

  • 2014

    YITU received A-round funding from Sequoia Capital and Banyan Capital.

  • 2015

    2015  Dragonfly Eye System won Science and Technology Progress Award by MPS.

    YITU worked with Aliyun to build the Big Data Real-time Cloud System for Guizhou Traffic Police.

    China Merchants Bank used YITU Face Recognition Technology at 1,500 outlets nationwide.

    The Portrait Recognition Platform and Direct Banking Account Opening Video Authentication Project was putted into operation at Shanghai Pudong Development Bank to conduct VTM and mobile banking face authentication.

  • 2016

    2016  YITU received tens of millions dollars of B-round funding from Yunfeng Capital.

    YITU started research in intelligent healthcare and City Data Hub.

    YITU built the world's largest portrait system, covering more than 1.5 billion people.

    YITU provided the portrait comparison system for the General Administration of Customs and China Immigration Inspection.

Our investors

YITU in Investors’ Eyes

  • Joining hands with YITU broke the myth that it takes only 20 minutes for me to invest in a promising entrepreneur. When we first met, we kept talking from 3pm till midnight. YITU attracted me a lot, say, ZHU Long’s world-class scientific background and confidence, LIN Chenxi’s experience and role in Aliyun, a solid partnership based on mutual trust and appreciation between them from childhood friendship, and their passion and obsession to their undertaking.
    I went to visit YITU in Shanghai before I made investment. I saw a great company burgeoning from their endeavours.

    XU Xiaoping, Founder of ZhenFund

    A major subject in artificial intelligence is how to make the computer better understand the human world. Technologically, computers now can do a very good job in voice recognition. Businesswise, we have already seen high-float companies in the voice recognition field. Image recognition, however, is far from satisfactory. As it has higher technological requirement, image recognition will be applied to more business scenarios than voice recognition. Sequoia Capital is expecting companies of great value in this field.
    In addition, ZHU Long’s expertise in deep learning and computer vision and LIN Chenxi’s capability in large-scale computing are crucial to forge a top computer vision company. Such is YITU’s edge that we highly value and have faith in.

    WU Ying, Vice-President of Sequoia Capital

    We are delighted to invest in YITU and be of help in its growth. Centering around ZHU Long and LIN Chenxi, YITU has built a world-class team in computer vision and artificial intelligence. They have made great progress in many fields. People in the industry will see the full potential YITU in future.

    YUE Bin, Co-founder of Banyan Capital