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Local tech firms play starring roles at 2019 World Artificial Intelligence Conference

Changning-based technology companies showcased their “black technologies” during the 2019 World Artificial Intelligence Conference, which included unmanned vehicles, intelligent medical imagining, smart home tutoring and intelligent financial search engine.




DeepBlue Panda Bus




DeepBlue Panda Bus, enhanced by intelligent driving technology, palm vein recognition system, in-vehicle robot, voice interaction, accurate advertisement push, abnormal behavior detection, intelligent emergency escape system and other advanced AI technologies and functions of DeepBlue Technology, is a 12m long self-driving AI transportation vehicle, driven by a lithium iron phosphate battery, with its self-driving technology grade ranging from L3 to L4. It is also a large-sized luxury AI bus that can provide passengers with more comfortable experiences with better technologies and services.



Westwell Lab Qomolo





The world’s first driverless container truck developed by Changning-based AI startup Westwell Lab, Qomolo, is expected to serve Hutchison ports after a small scale production.




Qomolo features an avant-garde exterior without a cockpit, which means a human driver is no longer needed. In its place innovative primary and secondary battery systems have been adopted and automatic driving hardware and software systems with high safety factors.



The main and auxiliary battery system can be fully charged within two hours, which allows the truck to run 150 kilometers with a maximum load of 80 tons.



Furthermore, to ensure vehicle safety and high-precision operation requirements, Qomolo carries a number of industrial-grade sensors, such as visual cameras and solid-state lidars (Light Detection and Ranging) to ensure a 360-degree range of the vehicle’s surrounding environment.




Yitu Technology intelligent medical imagining




The intelligent medical imaging system developed by Yitu Healthcare can make accurate diagnosis based on bone age films of children, images of chest CT scan or breast ultrasound tests, which greatly improve the efficiency and quality of diagnostic mammogram. Shanghai Ninth People’s Hospital and Shanghai Cancer Center have adopted the system.



IFlytek Alpha Egg





With strengths in voice recognition tech, iFlytek launched Alpha Egg, its latest educational robot, in September 2018. Alpha Egg helps parents by accompanying their children.




The doll-like robot can talk, tell stories and even run after kids. It teaches them Chinese, mathematics, and English via voice recognition and play music, movies and educational games for them. 




Children may also video chat with family members who are away from them through the robot’s “eyes,” basically a screen. When they are lonely, they can chat with the robot as well.




Tigerobo intelligent financial search engine





Tigerobo, which was launched in July 2017, offers an intelligent search engine to help professional and individual investors improve their efficiency of research by orders of magnitude. The accurateness, completeness, and timeliness of information are fundamental to human decision making.




Tigerobo takes an AI-based approach. By leveraging and advancing the cutting-edge neural text processing technology, Tigerobo builds a machine comprehension system that collects and understands the data into knowledge, automatically and promptly as the raw data emerges. The machine comprehended knowledge is then handy for users to consume, through a natural language interfaced chatbot or question-answering system. The team believes this is the future way to consume information and knowledge, on demand, straight to the point, and in real time.







During the three-day World Artificial Intelligence Conference of the year, which was held late last month, Shanghai announced new blueprint to support AI development.




Special bank credits, funds valued up to 100 billion yuan (US$14.3 billion), open databases and innovation centers as well as new city-level applications and cooperation projects on artificial intelligence are among a batch of new policies and projects the city has announced to support AI industry development.




To support the artificial intelligence development and achieve the target, Shanghai has drafted “seven activities” and “five tasks” to establish “first-class innovation ecosystem of AI” by 2021.




The city-level AI fund will initially be about 10 billion yuan (US$1.4 billion) with investors like Guosheng Group, Lingang Group, the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone Lingang Committee and YF Capital. Finally, the funds’ value will hit 100 billion yuan.




In detail, Shanghai is expected to have 200,000 AI professionals by 2021, double the current level.







The tasks include building innovation platforms, attracting high-end and young talent, encouraging innovation applications and improving systems and business environment.




A total of 19 AI scenes are being developed, covering hospitals, libraries, the state grid, bank transactions, garbage sorting and metro management, which will change people’s daily life and boost economic transformation.




During the WAIC closing ceremony, 33 projects were signed to boost Shanghai’s AI development, including new local centers and cooperation projects involving IBM, SAP and local startup DeepBlue.




DeepBlue, which has labs and facilities in Asia, Europe and America, also held a Belt and Road sub-forum at the WAIC. Global researchers and business executives talked about AI applications like computer vision, smart driving, biological intelligence and natural language processing in the forum.




Editor: Li Xinran Shanghai Daily




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