Yixue Squirrel AI, Founder/Chairman
Haoyang Li graduated from the pilot class of Shanghai Jiaotong University and served as the vice president of Only International Education Group (SSE: 600530.SH), the first A-share education listed company in China. He has expanded the company's scale by establishing more than 2,000 subsidiary schools in 10 years. He then led the company to be successfully listed in A-shares, making it the first listed education company with a maximum market capitalization of 13 Billion RMB (1.9 Billion USD) in China. In October 2014, while the business was booming, Li stepped out of his comfort zone and focused on adopting artificial intelligence technology in education. He established Yixue Squirrel AI and built his team from scratch.
Li was named “Top 30 in China's Artificial Intelligence Entrepreneurship” and was the invited speaker at the CCF-GAIR 2017 Global AI and Robotics Conference, the 10th International Conference on Computer Supported Education (CSEDU) Conference, and the AI Era Technology Conference. He was named as the “Top 21 Star of the Future” in 2018 by China Entrepreneur magazine. In addition, he is also a guest of China Central Television (CCTV)'s “Dialogue” program, an instructor of CCTV Channel 2’s “Commercial Business School,” a resident guest of “Only You,” and a special guest of the China Business Network’s (CBN) “Managing China.”He has been on the cover of the Business Fashion magazine, is the president of the Black Horse Club in Shanghai and the director of the Black Horse Company, and is the author of top articles reached over 100,000 readers published by influential Chinese social media news agencies, including “Tiger Sniffing,” “I Dark Horse,” and “Small Table.”
Yixue Squirrel AI, Co-founder/CEO
Wei Chou was the former Vice President and General Manager of the Strategic Expansion Department in Only International Education Group (SSE: 600530.SH). Within the past three years, Chou helped increase the number of Only Education’s students from 100,000 to 1 million, which made it own the biggest market share in the Chinese English education market for children.
Chou was also the former General Manager in Shanghai for Avon Products, one of the world’s Top 500 companies. He held the record of an annual sale of 500 million CNY (72 million USD). He also managed hundreds of retail stores and led thousands of salesmen. He won the title of best salesman for both the region and his team for four consecutive years as well.
Wei Cui, Ph.D.
Yixue Squirrel AI, Co-founder/Chief Scientist
As an expert in Adaptive Learning, Dr. Cui has the practical experience of many years in the adaptive education industry with numerous scientific research achievement relevant to the field of artificial intelligence and big data.
Dr. Cui has received a bachelor's degree in software engineering from Wuhan University, a master degree in communication engineering, and the doctor and post-doctor degree in Artificial Intelligence of the National University of Ireland. He has been awarded the SFI scholarship for four consecutive years.Also, He founded the first Chinese online shopping platform in Ireland, covering 80% of Chinese in Ireland.
Dr. Cui has published 16 international academic papers including one in Soft Computing, which is the core journal of artificial intelligence, one in Quantitative Finance, which is the top periodical all over the world, and one in IEEE-CiFEr as the best conference paper.Dr. Cui has delivered 19 International academic speeches and gained scholarship for national outstanding Student Abroad.
Dr. Cui had worked in top European adaptive education enterprise for many years, and was responsible for researching on adaptive learning algorithms and systems. His achievements in adaptive learning system had been popularised among European secondary and higher education market.
Yixue Squirrel AI, Chief Technology Officer
With 10 years of Internet technology architecture and management experience, Xing Fan has served as the CTO and the R&D director of IMO Cloud Office, the department manager of Shanda Networks, the 51.com server manager, and the senior engineer of Tencent.He leads the research and development of technologies and products in the IM and SNS areas and has a deep understanding of the relevant high-concurrency tasks, web, and various client research and development. He also has deep experience in technical-team management and startup-period team growth.
Yixue Squirrel AI, English Instruction and Research Director
Rui Zhang has more than 30 years of experience in high school teaching and educational research and development in China. He has edited more than 200 elementary and middle school textbooks for more than 30 publishers across China, with more than 10 million copies sold. His work with more than 1.2 million words has been published in more than 100 newspapers and magazines throughout the country, including papers and translations. Zhang has won many awards such as the National Outstanding Paper Award and the Outstanding Teacher Coaching Award. He has led two national-level research projects, and he is a member of the National Center for Foreign Language Education at the National Center for Basic Education. Zhang also excels as a nationally renowned elementary and middle school English teacher and is a special guest editor of Friends of the Admissions Test, Student English Newspaper, and Education Times.
Yixue Squirrel AI, Chinese Language Department Lead
As a renowned education expert in Shanghai, Gang Du was the director of the elite education R&D team. He has more than ten years of junior high school Chinese language teaching experience, with a focus on the development of language learning methods. He has authored works such as The Blending Point Writing Method, The Modern Reading Structure Reading Method, The Literary Reading Gradient Reading Method, and The Poetry DAT Three-Step Appreciation Method, which are all related to Chinese-language learning methods. Du reconstructs and deconstructs the junior high school Chinese language curriculum and incorporates operational processes and systemic connotations to the student learning methods.
Du’s performance in the field of Chinese teaching has been recognized by major online educational platforms. His Chinese language courses have successively landed on several large educational platforms. These courses not only help the audience gain insights about the characteristics and trends of the Online-to-offline education model, but also provide a user-friendly visual interface for the learners. With the interactive and engaging auditory interface, Chinese language courses are no longer boring and attract a large number of students to participate and have received positive user feedback. At the same time, a large amount of authoritative and detailed data has provided students with a clear path in the preparation of Chinese tests.
Yixue Squirrel AI, Product Director
With many years of experience in educational products, Qiming Zhang has explored the field of online education and has a unique understanding of education in China and abroad. He previously worked for Cloud Technology Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Shanda Networks. He also served as the product director of “You Dao Dictionaries” and the product director of “Cards Almighty King.” He also created a number of academic assessment products, personalized learning products and comprehensive quality assessment products that cover public schools in many provinces and cities in China. These products attracted about 700 million active users.