Qinying Liao is a Senior Program Manager on the Text to Speech team, in the AI Perception division. She leads the effort of making Microsoft’s cutting-edge speech synthesis technology available, easy to use and easy to customize for developers, through Cognitive Services. She also works on establishing an ecosystem of cross-industry customers and partnerships around Text to Speech. Qinying believes in the AI era, a unique digital voice is becoming part of a company’s brand and identity. Prior to Microsoft, Qinying was a Research Scientist focusing on Human-Computer Interaction, at IBM Research – China. She has always aspired to create new technologies and products that can make it easy, natural, productive and fun for people to interact with computers.