Meet the Innovators Under 35 - Artificial Intelligence Roundtable

Ian Goodfellow, Google Brain, Kathy Gong, WafaGames, and Jianxiong Xiao, AutoX, Inc.

Innovators Under 35 in conversation with MIT Technology Review's Will Knight

Ian Goodfellow, Staff Research Scientist, Google Brain

Ian Goodfellow is a staff research scientist at Google Brain studying artificial intelligence. He is best known as the inventor of generative adversarial networks and as the lead author of the deep-learning textbook ( He is one of the leading researchers in the emerging field of AI security, studying adversarial examples and how to prevent them. He founded the Self-Organizing Conference on Machine Learning and co-created the CleverHans adversarial example library. He leads a research group within Google Brain studying adversarial techniques in AI.

Kathy Gong, CEO, WafaGames

A serial entrepreneur, Kathy cofounded WafaGames in 2017 with Radwan Kasmiya (chief designer/producer) and Joe Wu Mingzhou (CTO). WafaGames is a mobile game developer based in Beijing that promotes digital dignity through great gaming experiences supported by authentic content, innovative core game play, and breakthrough technology. Kathy was the youngest national chess champion at the age of 10, in 1996, and again at 12, in 1998. She is a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Council (CPPCC) in Chengdu; a former member of the Foundation Board of Global Shapers Community World Economic Forum (2013-2016); cochair of the APEC Women Leadership Forum in 2013-2014; and Image Ambassador of Chengdu’s Young Entrepreneurs. In 2011 and 2013, she was named one of the Top Ten Entrepreneur Representatives of China’s Economic Innovation. In 2012, Kathy founded an independent non-for-profit organization, World’s Young Voices, to sponsor young grassroots student elites who are academically and/or socially outstanding. She advocates for the importance of failures in entrepreneurship and still plays on with chess masters around the world.

Jianxiong Xiao, CEO, AutoX, Inc.

Jianxiong Xiao (aka Professor X) is the founder and CEO of AutoX, a high-tech startup working on AI software for self-driving vehicles. AutoX's mission is to democratize autonomy and make autonomous driving universally accessible to everyone. Its innovative camera-first self-driving solution costs only a tiny fraction as much as traditional lidar-based approaches. Dr. Xiao has over 10 years of research and engineering experience in computer vision, autonomous driving, and robotics. In particular, he is a pioneer in the fields of 3-D deep learning, RGB-D recognition and mapping, big data, large-scale crowdsourcing, and deep learning for robotics. He received a BEng and MPhil in computer science from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2009. He received his PhD from the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2013.


Innovators Under 35
individuals whose superb technical work promises to shape the coming decades through the development of new technology or the creative application of existing technologies to solve problems.