The fourth in­dus­trial revo­lu­tion

Robotics & AI fo­rum held in Shang­hai

Global Times – Metro Shanghai - - FRONT PAGE - By Du Qiong­fang Page Ed­i­tor: chen­[email protected]­al­times.com.cn

The 2018 (4th An­nual Ses­sion) Pu­jiang Robotics & AI Sum­mit Fo­rum (PRASF) was held in Shang­hai on Fri­day. Around 300 in­dus­try in­sid­ers in­clud­ing ex­perts, schol­ars, en­trepreneurs and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from re­lated in­sti­tu­tions at­tended the fo­rum.

The fo­rum was jointly or­ga­nized by Shang­hai Lin’gang Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence Lab (Slailab), COCOSPACE and Shang­hai sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy and fi­nance in­dus­try clus­ter man­age­ment com­mit­tee to dis­cuss the op­por­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges, and the de­vel­op­ment and fu­ture, of China’s growing robotics and AI in­dus­try.

“Ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence is the fourth in­dus­trial revo­lu­tion in hu­man his­tory af­ter the in­for­ma­tion in­dus­try. In the wave of the in­for­ma­tion in­dus­try revo­lu­tion, the in­ter­net not only ef­fec­tively solves the prob­lem of con­nec­tiv­ity, but also re­tains a large amount of data and his­tor­i­cal data,” Zhang Kan­gli, di­rec­tor of COCOSPACE, said at the open­ing of the fo­rum.

“The AI in­dus­try will be com­pre­hen­sively up­graded in terms of com­pre­hen­sive com­put­ing power, al­go­rithm revo­lu­tion and big data pro­cess­ing. It will change the world again, bring­ing great changes to our pro­duc­tion and life­style,” Zhang added.

Ad­vanc­ing in par­al­lel

At the PRASF fo­rum, a 2018 Re­search Re­port on Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence In­dus­try Pat­tern and In­no­va­tion Prac­tice was re­leased by Slailab. The re­port in­cluded an overview and anal­y­sis of the AI in­dus­try, and anal­y­sis of fu­ture de­vel­op­ment trends of the in­dus­try.

The re­port an­a­lyzed the po­ten­tial market scale of AI in dif­fer­ent in­dus­tries in­clud­ing ad­ver­tis­ing, fi­nance, pub­lic se­cu­rity, smart home, retail, trans­porta­tion, med­i­ca­tion and health, in­dus­try and ed­u­ca­tion. The re­port pre­dicted that the en­tire market scale of China’s AI in­dus­try in 2020 will reach 180 bil­lion yuan ($25.88 bil­lion).

“In the AI in­dus­try, China and the world are ba­si­cally ad­vanc­ing in par­al­lel, es­pe­cially in the ap­pli­ca­tion field. We are even ahead of the world. There is no way to find sim­i­lar cases in the globe that can be re­ferred to. Thus, new ap­pli­ca­tions of AI need the joint ef­fort of AI in­dus­try prac­ti­tion­ers, en­ter­prises and in­di­vid­ual cus­tomers,” said Li Shengkai, deputy di­rec­tor of Slailab.

Dur­ing the fo­rum, Mo­hamed Bouri, pro­fes­sor from École Polytech­nique Fédérale de Lau­sanne, gave a key­note speech on lower limb ex­oskele­tons, de­vel­op­ments and per­spec­tives for ma­chine learn­ing strate­gies to im­prove con­trol.

Ac­cord­ing to Bouri, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion de­part­ments of hos­pi­tals can use ex­oskele­ton ro­bots to as­sist their pa­tients in re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion. But devel­op­ers still need to learn from hu­mans to make fu­ture ro­bot de­signs more ef­fec­tive in ma­chine learn­ing.

In­dus­trial ap­pli­ca­tion

Zou Hao, vis­it­ing pro­fes­sor of Stan­ford Univer­sity, chair pro­fes­sor of Ts­inghua Univer­sity and founder of Tsim­age Med­i­cal, shared his per­spec­tives on the ap­pli­ca­tions of AI tech­nol­ogy in the med­i­ca­tion in­dus­try such as can­cer screen­ing with AI as­sisted di­ag­no­sis.

Li Hao­nan from the AI depart­ment of Ant Fi­nan­cial shared in his key­note speech that the in­tel­li­gen­ti­za­tion of in­for­ma­tion ser­vices can help en­ter­prises in data con­trol, track the de­vel­op­ment process of en­ter­prises and re­duce the op­er­a­tional risks of en­ter­prises.

Chen Shikai, founder and CEO of SLAMTEC, shared his com­pany’s cre­ation of a robotic au­ton­o­mous po­si­tion­ing nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem that meets the ap­pli­ca­tion re­quire­ments for dif­fer­ent scenes.

The fo­rum also con­tained two dis­cus­sions about robotics in­no­va­tion and de­vel­op­ment and the in­dus­trial ap­pli­ca­tion and prospects of AI.

The fo­rum re­leased the top 10 lead­ing com­pa­nies in the AI field in 2018, and also a list of top 30 in­no­va­tion pi­o­neers.

Ro­bots and AI tech­nol­ogy re­lated prod­ucts were among the most pop­u­lar ex­hibits dur­ing the first China In­ter­na­tional Im­port Expo held in Novem­ber and showed the po­ten­tial of the in­dus­try in the com­ing years.

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