Beijing eyes becoming global robotics innovation hub
“It is important to enhance the key technologies in the robotics sector to promote the overall artificial intelligence industry development,” said Chen Jining, mayor of the city, at the opening ceremony of the World Robot Conference held in the Yizhuang economic development zone in Beijing’s Daxing district from August 20 to 25.
The capital is also boosting its robotics industry’s development in several fields to bring new opportunities to this sector.
Wang Lanfen, director of Huake Jingzhun, a company which focuses on neurosurgical robot development, said starting from a team of Tsinghua University graduates, the company developed its business in artificial intelligence to expand the Chinese-made robot business to the world. Zhao Xingmei, project manager of the Beijing Medical Robotics Industry Innovation Centre, said established last year, the centre played an important role as a bridge to convert the ideas from universities and entrepreneurs to practice.
“It acts as a platform for researchers to give them more opportunities in developing their scientific research achievements,” she said.
Hao Xudong, executive director of the Geek+ company, said since it became more and more difficult for the logistics industry to hire workers, setting up intelligent robots is especially important in the industry.
“The efficiency of the parcel imdustry improves about three to four times when the logistics robots are put into use,” Hao said.
“Many countries, like Japan, have also introduced our products on their assembly lines.”
Machines on display at the World Robot Conference in China can fly, swim and even do brain surgery.