Andrew Ng is a Co-founder of Coursera and the Director of the Stanford AI Lab. In 2011 he led the development of Stanford University’s main MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) platform and also taught an online Machine Learning class that was offered to over 100,000 students, leading to the founding of Coursera.

Ng’s goal is to give everyone in the world access to a high quality education, for free. Today, Coursera partners with some of the top universities in the world to offer high quality free online courses. It is the largest MOOC platform in the world.

Outside online education, Ng’s work at Stanford is on machine learning with an emphasis on deep learning. He also founded and led a project at Google to develop massive-scale deep learning algorithms. It resulted in the famous cat detector popularly known as the “Google cat” in which a massive neural network with 1 billion parameters learned from unlabeled YouTube videos.