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Theme: 智能与亲密 Intellectual & Intimate

This event occurred on
June 5, 2016
1:00pm - 6:30pm CST
(UTC +8hrs)
Xi'an, Shaanxi

As humanity enters further into the new millennium, we desire our technology to become more intimate and friendly with users. In the meantime, we want ourselves to be more rational and conscious about our feelings and even relationships.

This year’s TEDxXian major event will explore the great achievements in our intellectual lives and emotional lives, the fascinating interaction of these two seemingly opposing facets, and the very product of their interaction. The most intriguing way to spend your weekend. Join us to build that bridge between the intellectual and the intimate at TEDxXian2016!

Xi'an Concert Hall
South YANTA Road
Xi'an, Shaanxi, 710061
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Little Swan Chorus

Local Chorus Group
Little Swan Chorus is a local chorus group of over 30 years of history, lead by national renowned conductor, Mr. Changlu Feng and a senior art educator, Mrs. Tianfeng Wu. Together, Feng and Wu have educated over three generations of chorus performers and contributed a great deal to the local education of art and music.

Ada Wong

Professor + consultant
Founder and CEO, Hong Kong ACP Consulting Limited Graduated from the University of Warwick with Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Obtained Stakeholder Centred Coaching and Global Leader of the Future 360 certificates from Marshall Goldsmith Has copious experience in the field of teaching, management and system implementation and researching Taught in the University of Hong Kong and College of Business, City University of Hong Kong Innovative training mentor and coach for Fortune 500 companies Currently works with her team on innovative thinking ability, entrepreneurship innovation, development business plan and risk assessment system, etc

Di Wu

Maker, Architect, Designer
Visiting professor at Tongji University Attended Southern California Institute of Architecture and The University of Applied Arts Vienna The founder of the cross-disciplinary design firm ‘UNI_form’ and the creative lab ‘UNI_lab’ Proactive member in the forefront of Chinese digital design and digital intellectual-made research and education

Jiawei Gu

AI expert + product designer
Tech & Research Lead, leading the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) team at Institute of Deep Learning (IDL), Baidu Research; Previously worked in Microsoft Research, mainly focus on tangible and embodied I/O interfaces and solutions for next generation Microsoft products; Gu has been awarded 22 US invention patents and more than 120 domestic patents; Currently he is responsible for directing a team to design, prototype and create novel digital experience, industrial design and nature user interface (NUI) for intelligent paradigms; The team has been working on projects including BaiduEye, DuBike, DuLight, FaceYou, etc.

Jill Robinson

Animal welfare activist
MBE, Dr med vet hc, Hon LLD, founder and CEO, Animals Asia Founded Animals Asia. Both Animals Asia’s China and Vietnam rescue centres were awarded the Carole Noon Award for Sanctuary Excellence accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. Pioneered animal therapy in Asia when she created the Dr Dog programme, which today sees thousands of grateful recipients of the healing power of a dog’s unconditional love. Won the “Reader’s Digest” Hero for Today award. Was made an MBE by Queen Elizabeth of England.

Kai De

AI Professor
Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of California, Berkeley; Cross-disciplinary work relates to language, music, artificial intelligence, cognition, evolution, and culture; Named Founding ACL Fellow by Association for Computational Linguistics, for pioneering contributions to machine learning of the relationships between different languages in 2011; He built the world’s first Web translator, and developed foundations of modern statistical machine translation technology.

Qingyun Ma

Graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with scholarship Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California One of the ‘World’s Most Influential Designers’ by BusinessWeek An Urban Planning Representative Expert in the bid of 2008 Beijing Olympic In his design, Ma keeps overturning traditions with traditions. He built Father’s House, a house made of stone, for his father in his hometown.

Shu Sun

Regional GM of Didi
Graduated from the University of Cambridge; Helped indigenous peoples in Peru to start businesses, which were devoted to clean technologies development aiming to mitigate global warming; Leading a competent team of talents across China to serve both riders and car drivers in 400 cities all over China.

Weining Chu Chang

Professor + trauma therapist
Ph.D. of Psychology, University of Houston, United States; Psychologist at Institute of Mental Health, Singapore; Adjunct Professor at Duke -National University of Singapore Graduate School of Medicine She is devoted to the research in cultural psychology and mental health, and did relevant research at both Harvard University and Stanford University; Her current research project studies the influence of Asians’ concept of self and interpersonal relations on the development of teenagers and children and its clinical application. She has been working on post-disaster mental health development in China after the Great Sichuan earthquake. She is devoted to Asian social and psychological development, and has led a certain major mental health study programs.

Xiao Wang

Writer + connector
Founder of Sharp Your Life Established 100+ reading clubs and 60+ running clubs globally Former Chief Editor of COSMO Bestselling author Attracted 8 million+ readers

Xiaotang Deng

Innovative photographer
Wedding Photographer, Founder of TANG VISION- a wedding photography studio based in Shanghai; Nikon Chinese Ambassador; Influent blogger with approximately 1.93 million followers; He has shot over 500 weddings and has held 25 workshops to share his experiences and thoughts on photography.

Xing Gang

Smart home expert
CEO of DVACO, customized solution provider of smart home Years of management, sales and R&D experiences in fields of professional audio, video and IT integration Apple certificated training instructor

Yan Chen

Guide dog welfare campaigner
Chairman of Beijing Dongcheng District Blind Association Sponsor of ‘Let guide dogs pass without discrimination’ campaign Make many miracles that others fail to reach as a blind person Participated in the 13th Paralympic Game opening ceremony Attended ‘Mission impossible’ on CCTV-1 in 2015, known as ‘the person with sonar’ Jenny, the 18th guide dog for visually impaired individuals in China accompanied Yan Chen to call for rights to be on board in Beijing Metro

Yao Zhang

Robotics educator
Founder and CEO of ROBOTERRA, an educational robotics company originated in the Silicon Valley; Ph.D. in Education Economics at Columbia University; Honored as the 2016 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum; She had worked for organizations including McKinsey & Company and Soros Foundation.

Zheng Wu

Environmental entrepreneur
Graduated from University of Edinburgh majoring in Artificial Intelligence; Winner of the Climate Solver awarded by the WWF; 3rd Prize winner of the National Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition; JM Green focuses on the nutrient recycling, which is a bioconversion process that utilizes waste food as raw materials and generates valuable feed components.

Zhou Fan

Painter + artist
A hermit in the mountains A developer of the art of ink painting, and the creator of curve drawing technique. He developed his unique art style by introducing melody and calligraphy into ink painting. Fan held several solo exhibitions in Paris, Toronto and Berlin, and his major works comprise three series of paintings.

Organizing team


Xi'an, Shaanxi, China


Xi'an, China
  • glen Ong
  • jie kang
  • Jin SUN
  • Siyuan HUANG
  • Tingting Shi
  • Xue BAI
  • Yvonne Tian
  • Zhe Deng