On August 25th, the AI High-End Forum was successfully held at the Chongqing Yuelai International Convention Center. This forum is one of the most important activities in Smart China Expo 2018. It is co-sponsored by Smart China Expo Organizing Committee, China Center for Information Industry Development (CCID Group) and Artificial Intelligence Industry Innovation Alliance. CCID Media, “Artificial Intelligence VIEW” Magazine, Industry of Virtual Reality Alliance in Chongqing and Chongqing Association for Artificial Intelligence are the organizers of this forum.
With the theme of “Empowered by AI, Upgrading the Industry”, the forum invited leaders of the government, academicians, experts, as well as many senior executives of leading enterprises in the field of artificial intelligence. They clarified the developing trend of AI industry in China together, explained the implementing path of artificial intelligence applications in various fields, and actively offered suggestions for the innovative development of artificial intelligence industry in Chongqing and even the whole country, which could be helpful to form a cooperative and win-win artificial intelligence industry ecosystem.
Pan Yiqin, vice mayor of Chongqing Municipal People's Government, said in her welcome speech that Chongqing is thoroughly studying and implementing the Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era which was presented by General Secretary Xi Jinping and the spirit of the 19th CPC National Congress. Chongqing closely follows the positioning of two “Points”, the targets of two “Places” and two “High” and the requirements of four “Solidly”, which were proposed by General Secretary Xi Jinping. Facilitated by series of national major strategies and policy measures, Chongqing plans to carry out a strategic action project of innovation-driven development led by big data intelligence, which could lead the transformation and upgrading of the industry with intelligence, significantly promote the deep integration of the Internet, big data, artificial intelligence and the real economy, accelerate the development of the digital economy, and increase the speed of manufacturing becoming more digitalized, networked and intellectualized. In addition, in order to speed up the formation of the "trinity" development pattern of intelligent industry, intelligent manufacturing and intelligent application, Chongqing makes great effort to be a national key base for intelligent industry, a national first-class demonstration city for intelligent applications and an advanced demonstration area for digital economy.
Wang Weiming, deputy director of the Science and Technology Department of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, emphasized that the next work of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology is to deeply implement the new development concept of innovation, coordination, green, openness and sharing from the following four main aspects, which could be helpful to push the development of artificial intelligence industry to a new level. The first is to focus on the innovation of key technologies and products. The Ministry will expand the application field of the existing achievements of high-end general-purpose chips to artificial intelligence and increase the research and development of algorithm improvement and chip structure optimization. The second is to deepen the integration of artificial intelligence and manufacturing. The Ministry will deepen the implementation of intelligent manufacturing, carry out pilot demonstrations of intelligent manufacturing, and promote artificial intelligence technology to integrate with transportation, energy, medical treatment and other industries. The third is to build a cluster of characteristic industries. The Ministry will coordinate the regional industrial layout, strengthen the cooperation between the Ministry and the municipality, and accelerate the establishment of a number of artificial intelligence industry clusters with outstanding features and significant influence. The fourth is to continuously track and improve the policy system. The Ministry will establish service systems such as artificial intelligence standards, assessment and intellectual property, deepen international exchanges and cooperation, and create a good environment for sustainable and healthy development of the industry.
Nowadays, artificial intelligence has gradually become the focus of attention in both the science and technology and the industry. Experts and business leaders from different fields of research and application shared their thoughts and practices on artificial intelligence with the participants at the AI High-End Forum.
In the forum, Tan Jianrong, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, gave an in-depth brief explanation of the key technologies and developing trends of artificial intelligence in simple language. Lushan, president of China Center for Information Industry Development, introduced the concepts, paths, problems and solutions for the transformation and upgrading of related industries based on intelligent technology. Zhang Jianwei, an academician of Hamburg Science Academy in Germany, elaborated on the innovation of AI technology in the age of cognitive cyber physics.
Gao Qian, general manager of Ecovacs Commercial Robot Co., Ltd., said in her speech entitled "The Evolution Theory of the Value of Intelligent Service Robots" that the development of artificial intelligence and breakthroughs in auditory and visual technologies bring robots closer to "senses" of human being. The accumulation of big data provides robots more “learning materials”. Robots are becoming more and more "intelligent" through machine learning. They used to rely on programming to perform repetitive work mechanically. Now they can handle unknown environments autonomously. Robots have been the best embodiment of the innovation of artificial intelligence.
Yang Fan, co-founder and vice president of SenseTime, specifically described the key challenges that the industrialization of artificial intelligence is faced with. Tong Qiang, CEO of Chinasoft International Internet ITS Group, explained how to use the next generation of information technology to drive the construction and development of the digital society.
Yao Zhiqiang, co-founder of CloudWalk Technology, introduced the trends of industrial development in the era of artificial intelligence. He said that the development of artificial intelligence industry is not only faced with the challenge of continuously upgrading the core algorithm, but also faced with the challenges of different application scenarios.
From the perspective of investment and financing, Ai Yu, managing director and head of new economic investment of Everbright, analyzed the tremendous value that the continuous breakthroughs of AI's underlying technology bring to the digitalization process of the industry.
The panel, which is the final part of the forum, was hosted by An Hui, director of the electronic information industry research institute and the Internet research institute of CCID Think Tank and secretary general of Artificial Intelligence Industry Innovation Alliance. Tang Lingfeng who is the vice president of Oracle Global, Wei Jingjing who is the founder and CEO of Tunicorn Technology, Wang Jinshan who is the chairman of Jinshan Science and Technology, Feng Yicun who is the founder and chairman of Haiyunshuju, Yang Yuxin who is the vice president of Thundersoft and Sun Yun who is the vice president of Smart Technology of Chongqing Terminus participated in the panel, Wang Hao who is the CTO of Xiaoi Guizhou. They launched a heated discussion around the theme " The New Era of AI - from Ideas to Implementation " and provided a lively feast of thought to the audience.