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    JAMES PENG Co-founder and CEO
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    TIANCHENG LOU Co-founder and CTO
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    ANDREW YAO Chief Advisor


Co-founder and CEO

Prior to co-founding Pony.ai, James was an integral part of Baidu’s engineering leadership team. At Baidu, James was responsible for setting the technical direction of a variety of fields including advertising, infrastructure, big data, and cloud computing. Later, as the Chief Architect of the Autonomous Driving division, James led the overall strategy and development of Baidu’s autonomous vehicle. James began his career as a software engineer at Google, where he spent seven years specializing in backend and frontend advertising systems.

James holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and a B.S. from Tsinghua University.


Co-founder and CTO

Commonly known by his handle “ACRush” within the programming community, Tiancheng is a 10-year medalist of the TopCoder competitions and 2-time champion of the global programming competition Google Code Jam. Before co-founding Pony.ai, Tiancheng was the youngest T10 engineer at Baidu where he focused on autonomous vehicles. Tiancheng began his career at Google, where he worked on autonomous vehicle technology at Google X (before it became Waymo).

Tiancheng holds a Ph.D. and a B.S. from Tsinghua University.


Chief Advisor

A world-renowned computer scientist, Professor Yao currently serves as a Professor and Dean of the Institute of Interdisciplinary Information Sciences (IIIS) at Tsinghua University. He has held professorships at many institutions including MIT, Stanford, Berkeley, Princeton, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Tsinghua. Professor Yao is widely recognized for his contribution to computer science and is the only Chinese recipient of the Turing Award, the most prestigious award in the field.

Professor Yao is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, among others. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Ph.D. in Physics from Harvard University, and a B.S. in Physics from National Taiwan University.

Our People

We have assembled a world-class team that brings together expertise from both the technical and non-technical realms. Many of our engineers come from extensive research backgrounds and from the TopCoder community. Our team includes veterans of Baidu, Google, Nvidia, Facebook, Uber, etc. Together, we are rooted in our expansive yet solid technology background and united by our shared passion for redefining the future of transportation.