China’s Wind Information targets US universities in hunt for AI talent

Shanghai-based Bloomberg-like financial data provider plans to step up its game in big data and cloud computing

PUBLISHED : Friday, 13 October, 2017, 12:25pm
UPDATED : Friday, 13 October, 2017, 10:06pm

Wind Information, China’s Bloomberg-like financial data services provider, plans to kick off a recruitment drive in the United States, as more tech firms step up the search for artificial intelligence (AI) talent.

The week-long programme, starting from Monday, will include at least four on-campus career talks in colleges including the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Michigan and the University of Rochester.

The company said it needs graduates with a proven research track record in areas such as machine learning, feature detection and deep learning, along with software engineers and user interface designers.

Touted as China’s most profitable financial data services provider, Wind claims to have more than 280,000 terminal users and nearly 1,000 research and development staff.

On back of the talent pool, the Shanghai-headquartered company said it aimed to move forward in big data, cloud computing and AI.

The move comes as demand for jobs in the country’s AI sector increased fivefold in the first six months of this year, according to Lagou, a technology recruitment website in China.

Data from the site showed the most popular technology and engineering jobs were in related product design, software and app development.

The hi-tech, finance and real estate sectors are hiring most of the overseas graduates in China, followed by education and machinery manufacturing, a report by 51job, a recruitment platform, showed.

The country has seen an increasing number of “returnees” with a higher education background. About 432,500 young Chinese returned after their studies abroad last year, compared to 409,100 in 2015 and 364,800 in 2014.

With the number of higher degree holders growing at merely three per cent at home over the past three years, talent returning with an overseas education background has become a major source to fill the gap in demand, the report said.