I am the founding director of VinAI Research, Vietnam. VinAI ranks in the world's top 25 AI industrial labs based on research output in top conferences like ICML and NeurIPS. Before returning to Hanoi -- the city where I was born and founding VinAI, I was at Google DeepMind, Adobe Research, and Nuance Natural Language Understanding Lab. I also spent almost 10 years at the AI Center, SRI International (formerly Stanford Research Institute). At SRI, I led the multi-institution research team in developing probabilistic inference technologies for understanding the user activities during the CALO project (at the time, the largest AI project in history, also known as the project that spun off Siri). Going further back in time, I was an assistant professor at Curtin University, Australia (2000-2003), Ph.D graduate in computer science (Curtin, 1998), a graduate from Hanoi University of Science, High School for Gifted Students, and a Maths Olympian (silver medal, IMO 1989). I also hold an adjunct Professorship at Monash University, Australia.