Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts

Board & Staff

Lili Cheng

At Microsoft, Cheng is responsible for conversational AI technologies, including Bot Framework and Language Understanding Cognitive Service (“LUIS”), for Microsoft and its customers. She works with external partners around the world, ranging from start-ups to large-scale enterprises, to identify areas of collaboration, drive innovation and deliver solutions. In this capacity, she also manages Microsoft’s relationship with the conversational AI developer community. Within Microsoft, Cheng has diverse talent. She founded the Social Computing Group in Microsoft Research, and Future Social Experiences (“FUSE”) Labs. She was the Director of User Experience for Microsoft Windows, and has innovated on technical infrastructure in the areas of real-time data and search, including real-time ingestion of Facebook and Twitter firehose data on Microsoft Azure; a desktop search which unified the Windows and Office search indexes for Windows; and core search technologies for Office 365. Prior to joining Microsoft, Cheng worked in Apple Computer’s Advanced Technology Group on the User Interface research team, where she focused on QuickTime Conferencing and QuickTime VR. Her first career was as an architect in Tokyo and Los Angeles for Nihon Sekkei, and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill on commercial urban design and large-scale building projects. She continues her expertise in architecture by designing an online community and partnering with the top design schools around the world for programs such as the Microsoft Design Expo. Cheng earned her bachelor's degree in architecture from Cornell University and her master’s degree from New York University. She has taught classes in Social Software, Design, and Internet Culture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and at New York University Tisch School of the Arts.

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
724 S. 12th Street
Omaha, NE 68102
Admission and Parking: FREE
Phone:: 402.341.7130