Yi Zeng is a Professor at the Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, serving as Deputy Director of Research Center of Brain-inspired Intelligence, and Co-director of China-UK Research Centre for AI Ethics and Governance. He is the founding director of the  Research Center for AI Ethics and Sustainable Development at Beijing Academy of Artificial Intelligence. He is a Professor at University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, and is a Chief Scientist in AI Ethics and Governance at Institute of AI International Governance, Tsinghua University. He is also an Associate Fellow at Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge. Yi Zeng serves as a board member for the National Governance Committee for the New Generation Artificial Intelligence, an expert in the UNESCO Ad-hoc Expert Group in AI Ethics, and an expert in the Expert Group of AI Ethics and Governance in Health, World Health Organization (WHO).

For Brain-inspired Artificial Intelligence, Yi Zeng leads the effort on Brain-inspired Cognitive Engine, a Brain-inspired Spiking Neural Network architecture towards Artificial General Intelligence. He also leads the effort on Cognitive Imitation Games. For AI Ethics and Governance, Yi Zeng leads the effort on drafting and grounding of Beijing AI Principles, AI for Children: Beijing Principles, and is one of the main drafters of the National Governance Principles for the New Generation Artificial Intelligence. He is the project investigator for Linking AI Principles, AI Governance Online, and AI for SDGs Think Tank.