Shanghai 2018 World Artificial Intelligence Conference kicks off, China's AI biggest players surfaced
 
China Knowledge Online
Sep 18, 2018
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Sep 18, 2018 (China Knowledge) - The 2018 World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) opened yesterday in Shanghai, with the theme "New Era of Artificial Intelligence". WAIC gathered not only some of the most influential scientists in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI), but also some front-line entrepreneurs.

The chiefs of BAT (Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent), Robin Li, Jack Ma and Pony Ma attended the conference, and made speeches on different aspects of AI. Huawei's rotating chairman Xu Zhijun, Microsoft's global executive vice president Shen Xiangyang also attended the conference.

Robin Li in his speech said that modernization today is AI. Arguably, no company in the future can claim to have nothing to do with AI. In his opinion, a true AI company possess three qualities, which are, AI thinking, AI ability and the ethics of AI.

Li further explained that AI thinking means rethinking the company's strategy based on Internet of Everything (IoE). Whether it is the PC or the mobile internet, the main focus of the enterprise should still be on the software level. But in the era of AI, enterprises must pay more attention to the combination of software and hardware to find new innovation opportunities.

The AI definition, on the other hand, is the ability of companies to leverage AI technology rather than the invention of AI. Currently there are a large number of open source platforms in the field of AI, so people should combine industry characteristics and competitive environment to strengthen their own business.

Finally, the AI ethic mean that a true AI company must be "AI" not only technically but also culturally. The highest principle of AI is ‘safe and controllable.’ AI's vision of innovation is to promote equal access to technological capacity. The value, is to teach people to learn and to grow, rather than to replace and surpass them. The ultimate ideal, is to bring more freedom and possibility to human beings.

While there is a debate that development of AI will lead machines to replace humans which may result massive unemployment. Li seemed least concerned about it, he is of the view that "we see that every technological revolution is accompanied by a lot of people being replaced by machines, and a lot of new opportunities being created."

Alibaba’s Jack Ma said, "We are worried, hopeful and confused about the expectations of the technological revolution of AI." It is not only a technology, but it is a way we understand the external world, the future world, the human body and redefining our thinking.

Jack said that, in future, AI will transform manufacturing industry into service industry, which is the perfect fusion of both. The future of manufacturing depends on services, and the quality of services determines the quality of new manufacturing. Those enterprises, which do not comply with this intelligent transformation, will be eliminated.

The Internet, Jack Ma opined, is a relationship of production. Big computing is a productive force, and big data is a means of production. Big computing combined with cloud technology is the real future. The age of data is also a significant opportunity for supply reform and economic transformation.

He concluded that, if we fail to promote the transformation of manufacturing industry and the social transformation towards a greener and more inclusive society, AI, blockchain, and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies are meaningless.

Tencent’s Pony Ma expressed his opinion by saying that AI is a transnational and interdisciplinary scientific exploration project. Various enterprises and countries should strengthen the communication and connection in this field.

The development of AI technology is leading the era of "big social network". WeChat has 1 billion monthly active users, making it the first Internet product in China with that many users. Connecting people to each other through billions of nodes, but if connected people to things or services, the scale will grow to tens or even hundreds of billions. The key to the connection between human and object, and human and service is AI.

We also need to take into consideration the possible social impacts of future AI's development. AI technology in the future is likely to become a master key. For example, some people in China have used AI technology to make and distribute internet virus, or the use of this technology for network scams. All this force us to change the traditional security protection mode.

Pony Ma later posed the following questions to arouse thinking of the global AI practitioners:

I. Comprehensibility: Can AI algorithms become clear, transparent and explicable?

II. Controllability: How to prevent AI from harming the interests of humans or the whole civilization? And, will the decisions made by AI still hold specific people accountable?

III. Availability: Can AI be used by as many people as possible, sharing technological dividends and avoiding a technological gap?

IV. Reliability: Is AI able to repair its own vulnerabilities fast enough to truly achieve security, stability and reliability?

Other prominent political and business figures including President Xi’s economic advisor Liu He, Xiaomi’s founder Lei Jun and many others spoke at the event.

 
 
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Vietnamese Government Encouraged to Embrace Agricultural Innovation to Protect Vietnam's Economy & Food Security
 
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Sep 12, 2018
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A statement from a coalition of local and international bodies across agriculture, commerce and trade September 11, 2018

HANOI, VIETNAM - (ACN Newswire) - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc recently called for Vietnam's agriculture sector to become one of the top 15 most developed in the world in just ten years and utilise scientific and technological advances. His Excellency further emphasized that more innovation is needed to generate new drivers for growth to ensure macroeconomic stability. Such an ambitious agenda can be achieved only if the government embraces agricultural innovation.

Unleashing the possibilities of modern agriculture to support sustainable, inclusive development requires enormous investment, collaboration and a stable policy and regulatory environment. All three factors are critical in the context when Vietnam harnesses cutting-edge technology to accelerate its development.

Putting exciting new technology such as data science in the hands of farmers also relies on allowing them to continue using the tools that have helped to feed billions over recent decades. More people have access to safe, quality food than ever before in Vietnam and worldwide because farmers continue to have access to technology developed over the years.

To this day, crop protection tools such as pesticides play a critical role in producing more food using fewer resources. Without these tools, more than half of the world's crops would be lost to insects, diseases and weeds, leading to enormous economic and environmental damage. To increase the competitiveness of Vietnamese farmers as well as to ensure the future investment in innovation, Vietnamese farmers should be encouraged to have access to safe crop protection products supported by high quality training and education. This will ensure that farmers continue to produce safe, affordable and nutritious food for the community and export.

Against this backdrop, we call on the government to ensure that crop protection tools are properly assessed through a consistent, scientifically rigorous process in line with internationally accepted methods and standards. Such assessments need to be conducted by scientific experts and a suitable timeline should apply to allow for a thorough review. This is consistent with the direction recently set by the Prime Minister when His Excellency called for the removal of unnecessary government procedures that can stifle production and trade while reinforcing the need for transparency.

The industry takes its responsibility seriously and offers its commitment and support to help the Government achieve its food safety objectives. This includes continuing to research the development of alternative natural products, to promote the importance of the responsible use of crop protection products in Vietnam's agricultural sector, as well as providing a scientific and international standards-based approach towards achieving the government's objective of 30% reduction of product registrations by 2021 without sacrificing the sustainability and competitiveness of Vietnam agriculture. Also, it is important that proper police controls are reinforced to prevent illegal imports to Vietnam.

Dao Thu Vinh | Coordinator -- CropLife Vietnam | vinh.dao@croplifevietnam.org | Mobile: +84983330209

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R+T Asia 2019 expects to set new attendance records
 
Sep 06, 2018
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SHANGHAI, CHINA --( ASIA TODAY )-- After setting attendance records at R+T Asia 2018 and seeing record attendance at R+T in Stuttgart, R+T Asia 2019 is expected to shatter all previous records for the number of exhibitors and visitors. The exclusive annual trade fair for roller shutters, doors/gates, windows, and sun protection systems is set for February 27 to March 1, 2019, at Shanghai’s New International Expo Centre (SNIEC).

The 2018 show filled 50,000+ square meters of space in six exhibition halls and attracted 507+ exhibitors and 34,000+ professional visitors from 92 countries and regions, seeking abundant business opportunities in the huge Asian market.

Based on the show’s recent success and market growth in the Asia-Pacific region, organizers expect R+T Asia 2019 to set new records in quantity and quality. Several prominent companies have committed to exhibit at R+T Asia for the first time. Such companies include Vertilux, the world’s top manufacturer of fabrics and components for the window covering Industry, and Gaviota Simbac, a leading global company in accessory and system business for smart awnings and rolling shutters.

Many areas of the show are expected to see new growth, such as the Korea Pavilion, which has attracted notable exhibitors such as Dongwon Industry, Daekyeong, Nakyung, Winplus, XERA, and others. The number of international exhibitors has also been increasing at a rapid rate, revealing an increasingly positive view of business opportunities in the Asia market.

New co-located exhibition for HD+ Asia

With annual Chinese consumption in the soft decoration industry now reaching 200-300 billion (RMB), the potential for growth in the Chinese market and the Asia-Pacific Region is expected to be huge. Inspired by this growth, R+T Asia is creating more opportunities for attendees. In 2018, the Yuhang Pavilion debuted with the Yuhang Home Textile Industry Association, representing top curtain manufacturers in China. In 2019, the HD+ Home Textile & Decoration Asia show will be featured in a brand-new exhibition hall at E7.

The HD+ show, operating under the theme of “Combining Product With Design,” will introduce product application scenarios for the office, hospital, and homestay environments and others. HD+ will take advantage of R+T Asia’s demonstrated ability to attract foreign business and boost domestic business by bringing buyers and exhibitors together.

Popular educational summits and conferences

As always, R+T Asia 2019 will bring its premium educational opportunities to attendees. The Smart Home 2025 pavilion will again demonstrate the realistic life of the future home, and the Soft Decoration Summit and Cadex Conference will create a channel for insider communication. More highlights and emphasis will be placed on industrial door knowledge at the 2019 Warehouse Construction Equipment Conference. InnovAction Hub and the International Window & Door Summit (IWDS) will again showcase the latest advanced technology and global trends.

For more information about exhibiting and attending R+T Asia 2019, go to www.rtasia.org/en.

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Chengdu InfoComm China 2018 Debuts with Distinction
 
Sep 05, 2018
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For the first time, business leaders and decision makers in the emerging Western China market can take advantage of the latest Professional AudioVisual and Integrated Experience solutions through the Chengdu InfoComm China platform

Chengdu, Sichuan, 5th Sept 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Chengdu InfoComm China made its debut with a bang, opening today with a dazzling showcase of cutting-edge Professional AudioVisual (Pro-AV) and Integrated Experience solutions, many never before seen by the excited visitors who thronged the Western China International Expo City.

The buzz surrounding the lead-up to the show stemmed from the fact that Western China is a new and emerging market to be reckoned with. Testament to the promise of the region, Chengdu InfoComm China is the second such show to be organized within China. Event organizer InfoCommAsia has organized Beijing InfoComm China to great success since 2007, with the Beijing show held in April 2018 attracting a record 38,809 visitors.

David Labuskes, the Chief Executive Officer of AVIXA, said at the Opening Ceremony, “In April this year, we hosted our most successful Beijing InfoComm China show ever. If that success has taught us anything, it is that the pro-AV market in China is so significant — so dynamic — that it needs a second trade fair. One that is strategically located and professionally executed where the opportunity is the greatest. An event created to fuel the amazing momentum of technological innovation in this part of the world. Chengdu is the right place; Chengdu InfoComm China is the right event, right now.”

Guests officiating at the Opening Ceremony included Liu Ying, Deputy Director-General of Sichuan Bureau of Expo Affairs and Ma Ze Lin, Deputy Director-General of Chengdu Municipal Bureau of Exposition.

As a direct beneficiary of China’s massive Belt and Road Initiative, Chengdu and the rest of the Western China region has been earmarked for development. Based on economic indicators from a survey conducted by the international well-known economic think-tank Milken Institute in 2017, cities in Western China are already outperforming the traditional heavyweights like Beijing and Shanghai.

Said Richard Tan, the Executive Director of event organizer InfoCommAsia, “After months of preparation and anticipation, we are heartened that the show has come to fruition. As a bridge between the best in cutting-edge Pro-AV and Integrated Experience solutions, and a dynamic emerging market which is a force to be reckoned with, we are certain that the next two days will be very exciting ones on the Chengdu InfoComm China show floor.”

AN OUTSTANDING SHOWCASE

The inaugural Chengdu InfoComm China runs at Hall 5 and Hall 6 while Summit at Hall 9. The exhibition which spreads over 30,000 square meters features top-of-the-line technologies from over 150 local and overseas exhibitors, all of whom are eager for a slice of the Western China economic pie. Big-name exhibitors at Chengdu InfoComm China include Intel, Yamaha, Harman, Epson, AOTO, Extron, WolfVision, Dataton AB, DigiBird, Hitevision, Digital China, GuoHua, BXB, IFLYTEK and DeskMedia.

Exhibition highlights include Command and Control systems for traffic management, security surveillance, defence and healthcare services, digital signage for advertising, retail and information communications, 3D projections for education, entertainment, museums and exhibitions, collaborative communications technology, conference systems for corporate and hospitality, and theatre systems for smart homes. Of these products and solutions, many are new to Western China.

KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER

The Summit portion of Chengdu InfoComm China 2018 comprises a series of free summits and seminars are highly popular amongst visitors. These are conducted by industry experts who will provide macro overviews as well as in-depth insights into the latest innovations which are transforming specific industries.

Summit subjects focus on cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence, digital intelligence and smart city developments. InfoCommAsia is also partnering major corporations, industry associations and leading industry media including Intel, Guangdong New Intelligent City Construction Service Center, Digital Solutions Multimedia Asia, China Hotel Association Wisdom and China InfoWorld to deliver content which would be meaningful to participants.

6 September (Thursday)
CHENGDU ROOM
09:30-12:00 IOT Innovation Forum (co-organized with China InfoWorld)
14:00-16:30 InfoCommAsia Seminar

YIBIN ROOM
09:40-11:40 Industry Forum - Smart City & Smart Transportation (co-organized with Guangdong New Intelligent City Construction Service Center)
14:00-16:30 InfoCommAsia Seminar

NEIJIANG ROOM
09:30-16:30 InfoCommAsia Seminar

7 September (Friday)
NEIJIANG ROOM
09:30-11:00 InfoCommAsia Seminar

As the show is slated to run until 7th September 2018, those who are interested in grabbing the opportunity to check out the technology on display or dropping in on a free Summit session are welcome to do so. For detailed information about the show and Summit agenda, please visit the official website or official WeChat.

All show visitors can:
 Redeem a limited-edition temporary parking signage.
 Participate in the Lucky Draw and stand a chance to win a 3-day-2-night travel package with round-trip air tickets and hotel accommodation to visit the inaugural InfoComm Southeast Asia (15th -17th May, 2019) in Thailand.

SHOW VENUE
Western China International Expo City
88 Fuzhou Road East, Tianfu New District, Chengdu, Sichuan Province

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•Line 1, Western China Int'l Expo City Station (Exit C); or Guangzhou Road Station (Exit F) .
•Car park facilities are available on Guangzhou Road East
•Please inform taxi driver to let you alight at Western China Int'l Expo City (Shu Zhou Road)

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InfoCommAsia is the region’s preeminent organizer of tradeshows for the Professional Audiovisual (Pro-AV) and Integrated Experience solutions industries. Through industry-leading shows in China, India and Southeast Asia, InfoCommAsia connects global and regional Pro-AV and Integrated Experience purveyors as well as end-users across industries with the most important markets of Asia Pacific.

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Fly high and far with Asia’s first fully solar-powered quadcopter drone created by NUS students
 
Sep 02, 2018
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Aircraft that can take off and land directly without the need for a runway – such as helicopters and quadcopters – are attractive for personal, commercial and military applications as they require less physical space and infrastructure compared to traditional fixed wing planes. A team from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has achieved a major step forward in stretching the capabilities of quadcopter drones by powering the flight solely by natural sunlight.

A first in Asia, the current prototype has flown above 10 metres in test flights – higher than a typical three storey building – utilising solar power with no battery or other energy storage on board.

This solar-powered drone, which was developed as a student project under the Innovation & Design Programme (iDP) at NUS Faculty of Engineering, can take-off and land vertically without a runway. Constructed using lightweight carbon fibre material, the quadcopter drone weighs only 2.6 kg, and has a surface area of about 4 sqm. It is fitted with 148 individually characterised silicon solar cells and supported by a frame equipped with four rotors.

A major aviation feat

Rotary winged aircraft are significantly less efficient at generating lift compared to their fixed wing counterparts. Hence, while there have been examples of solar airplanes in recent years, a viable 100 per cent solar rotary aircraft that can take-off and land vertically remains a major engineering challenge to date.

“Our aircraft is extremely lightweight for its size, and it can fly as long as there is sunlight, even for hours. Unlike conventional quadcopter drones, our aircraft does not rely on on-board batteries and hence it is not limited by flight time. Its ability to land on any flat surface and fly out of the ground effect in a controlled way also makes it suitable for practical implementation,” said Associate Professor Aaron Danner from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NUS Faculty of Engineering, who supervised the project.

The solar-powered quadcopter drone can be controlled by remote control or programmed to fly autonomously using a GPS system incorporated into the aircraft. The aircraft can potentially be used as a ‘flying solar panel’ to provide emergency solar power to disaster areas, as well as for photography, small package delivery, surveillance and inspection. Batteries can be incorporated to power the aircraft when there is no sunlight or for charging to take place during flight to enable operation when it is cloudy or dark. Other hardware such as cameras can also be included for specific applications.

Since 2012, eight NUS student teams have made successive design improvements and worked towards a fully-solar powered aircraft under the supervision of Assoc Prof Danner, who also holds a joint appointment at the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore at NUS. The first solar-assisted quadcopter drone developed by students in 2012 could only achieve 45 per cent of flight power from solar cells and the rest from on-board batteries.

The latest team, comprising then-final year NUS Engineering students Mr Goh Chong Swee, Mr Kuan Jun Ren and Mr Yeo Jun Han, made further refinements to the earlier prototypes of the quadcopter drone. They eventually achieved a fully solar-powered flight with their latest prototype. The team members, who have just graduated from NUS in July 2018, were jointly supervised by Mr Brian Shohei Teo from the iDP programme for this project.

Mr Yeo said, “We encountered many engineering challenges when building the drone. These included finding an optimal number of solar cells efficient and light enough to power the propulsion system, which in turn has to be light and at the same time able to produce sufficient thrust to lift the aircraft. Other issues we faced included tuning and calibration of flight controls to enhance flight stability, as well as designing a frame that is lightweight yet sufficiently rigid. This has been an excellent learning opportunity for us.”

“To be able to make something fly under control for a long time is a very complex engineering problem. Our students have attained flight in its purest form, powered by natural sunlight. This is an amazing achievement,” said Mr Teo.

The team will continue to fine-tune the aircraft to further improve its efficiency. With these enhancements, they hope to bring the technology closer to commercialisation.

 
 
Innovations and know-how for reliable and efficient parts cleaning – now and in years to come
 
Aug 28, 2018
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Hannover, Germany --( ASIA TODAY )-- In all sectors of modern industry, the effective cleaning of parts and components is essential for ensuring consistent, high-quality manufacturing results. But new trends are posing fresh challenges for parts cleaning technology. In order to remain competitive in tomorrow’s world, manufacturers need to know now what standards of surface cleanliness will be demanded in future in specific industry sectors. They can find all the information they need at parts2clean, the leading international trade show for industrial parts and surface cleaning, which takes place from 23 to 25 October in Stuttgart.

“parts2clean not only has the world’s largest range of exhibits for efficient and reliable parts cleaning, but also pays particular attention to coming trends and future challenges,” says Olaf Daebler, Global Director for parts2clean at Deutsche Messe AG. The supporting program that accompanies the exhibitor displays is likewise designed to offer expertise and know-how to meet all present and future cleanliness requirements.

Some six weeks ahead of the start of the show, now in its 16th year, more than 180 companies have already booked their stand space in Halls 3 and 5. This means that the net display area already totals approx. 6 500 square metres.

Innovative solutions and technical advances in all display segments

According to Daebler “many exhibitors use the show to present new and improved products and services to an international trade public for the first time”. Amongst other things, that includes a new solvent-based cleaning line with an integrated low-pressure plasma cleaning stage. This innovative development makes it possible to meet the highest standards for the removal of surface films – typically required prior to adhesive bonding, coating or sealing – in a single, continuous process. Various new developments and technical refinements for the dry cleaning of individual parts address the growing awareness that film-type contaminants can critically affect the quality of the finished product. Also on display will be various innovative, cloud-based solutions for the digitization of cleaning plant and processes. These ensure that the production process remains stable, while helping to increase productivity and reduce costs. Exhibitors at this year’s parts2clean will also be showing solutions for deburring and cleaning parts in a single work stage. And participating companies will be unveiling their latest products and systems in all other display segments, too, including cleanliness checks following the removal of particulate residues and surface films, cleaning media, bath monitoring and bath maintenance, cleaning baskets and workpiece carriers, and accessories.

Wide-ranging supporting program: a key knowledge resource

The supporting program at this year’s parts2clean offers more new solutions and valuable know-how. The organizers of the special presentation “Automation and Digitization of Cleaning Processes”, for example, will be demonstrating with the aid of a Stäubli TX2-CS9 industrial robot how easily process and equipment data can be made available. Visitors will also be shown how these data can be defined and edited for specific requirements and purposes. And experts will explain how operating and teaching interfaces can be flexibly adapted to specific production goals and employee profiles, and how helpful “smart data” can be for sustainable production.

The special presentation “Process Flow in Parts Cleaning, Including Cleanliness Checks”, organized in conjunction with the CEC (Cleaning Excellence Center), has live coverage of the different process stages, from deburring and cleaning to cleanliness checks in clean-room environments and the logging of results. Another special presentation, organized by the German Industrial Parts Cleaning Association (FiT), has as its theme “QSRein 4.0 – Opportunities for Industrial Parts Cleaning”.

“Our English-speaking guided tours led by industry experts give visitors the opportunity to gather information about specific areas of interest in industrial cleaning by talking directly to selected exhibitors,” explains Daebler. The three-day Industry Forum that forms part of parts2clean, and whose program is coordinated by the Fraunhofer Cleaning Technology Alliance and FiT, functions effectively as a further training event for industry professionals. The talks by senior industry experts and research scientists will be given in simultaneous translation (German <> English), and offer new knowledge and field reports on various aspects of industrial parts and surface cleaning, as well as on innovative developments in cleaning technology. Admission to the Industry Forum is free of charge for visitors attending parts2clean.

Deutsche Messe AG

As one of the world’s foremost organizers of capital goods trade fairs, Deutsche Messe (Hannover, Germany) stages a rich array of events at venues in Germany and around the globe. With 2017 revenue of 356 million euros, Deutsche Messe ranks among Germany’s top five tradeshow producers. The company’s portfolio features such world-class events as (in alphabetical order) CEBIT (digital business), CeMAT (intralogistics and supply chain management), didacta (education), DOMOTEX (carpets and other floor coverings), HANNOVER MESSE (industrial technology), INTERSCHUTZ (fire prevention, disaster relief and safety & security), LABVOLUTION (lab technology) and LIGNA (woodworking, wood processing, forestry). The company also regularly hosts a number of internationally renowned events by third parties, among which are AGRITECHNICA (agricultural machinery) and EuroTier (animal production), both of which are staged by the German Agricultural Society (DLG), EMO (machine tools; staged by the German Machine Tool Builders’ Association, VDW), EuroBLECH (sheet metal working; staged by MackBrooks) and IAA Commercial Vehicles (transport, logistics and mobility; staged by the German Association of the Automotive Industry, VDA). With more than1,200 employees and a network of 58 sales partners, Deutsche Messe is present in more than100 countries.

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2018 World Robot Conference held at Beijing E-Town exhibits cutting-edge robots
 
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Aug 22, 2018
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Aug 20, 2018 (China Knowledge) - The 2018 World Robot Conference (WRC) was held in Beijing E-Town last week, with more countries from different continents this year displaying the latest achievements in the field of robotics.

The event held in Beijing from Aug15 to 19 had four platforms providing forums, exhibition, product demonstration and competition ground for unmanned robots’ activities. At the opening ceremony of the conference, Wolfram Burgard, president of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, said the Chinese robot market could reach USD 7.37 billion this year, of which industrial robots account for one-third, becoming the world largest market.

More than 160 domestic and international corporations exhibited their cutting-edge products in the robotics industry during the conference.

P-care, an elderly-care robot, possesses the ability of examining health conditions and assisting seniors to move around and help them shower attracted buyers from the healthcare and elderly-care industry.

Precision Cycloidal-Pin Gear Speeder Reducer, the latest products of Hit Robot Group (HRG), a major attraction at the show, was demonstrating the connection power mechanisms and actuators that transmit larger output torque.

As a major hi-tech hubs, Beijing E-Town seeks to cooperate with upstream and downstream integrated circuit (IC) equipment firms, constituting an the entire supply chain covering design, manufacturing and testing for the robot industry.

By 2020, the robotic industry in Beijing will reach more RMB 12 billion revenue. It will also establish 10 leading robotic enterprises that build, research and house R&D facilities.

In 2025 the capital expects revenue from this industry to garner RMB 60 billion a year, accompanied with development of artificial intelligence, advance operating software and applications.

 
 
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Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology 2018 to focus on the development of Building IoT
 
Aug 17, 2018
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Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology will open its doors in September to reveal the latest technical achievments that China has to offer across the Building IoT sector. The fair has earned significant support from industry peers over the years and is due to host over 250 renowned companies from around the world. With more than 28,000 visitors expected, this year’s fair is set to be its busiest edition ever.

The 2018 edition of Shanghai Smart Home Technology (SSHT) will be held concurrently with Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology (SIBT) to present the latest smart home and building innovations. This year, a wide range of technological breakthroughs in the intelligent building sector, including AI & IoT applications, smart lighting, smart parking and smart security will take centre stage, offering participants a comprehensive overview of the industry.

Regarding the future development of the intelligent building industry, Ms Lucia Wong, Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd, commented: “With the remarkable progress in big data and cloud computing technologies in recent years, cognitive buildings that integrate user-oriented lighting, parking, HVAC and energy-saving functions have become a viable option in the China market. To cope with this rising demand, special attention is being paid to building IoT applications at the fair and dedicated seminars have been arranged to examine the numerous business possibilities.”

The integrated application of IoT, communication technologies and cloud computing has significant implications when it comes to the intelligent building industry and smart city development. The next generation of intelligent buildings will be able to adapt and learn based on experiences with their inhabitants. Thanks to policies in China that have promoted IoT technologies, the future outlook of the intelligent building industry is being redefined. According to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China, it is estimated that the annual growth rate of the IoT market in China will increase more than 30% from 2015 to 2020 and reach a value of RMB 1.9 trillion.

To better integrate resources and enhance the synergy effect of Messe Frankfurt’s series of IoT and intelligent building technologies fairs, SIBT 2018 will be held jointly with Parking China for the first time. Parking China is a specialised fair for public parking solutions and the collaboration between the fairs will demonstrate a cross-sector building ecosystem helping fairgoers to meet new partners and unlock business opportunities. Further information about Parking China will be released in the run up to the fair.

Exhibitors to showcase technological achievements

As the prime trade fair for the intelligent building sector in China, SIBT is trusted by an array of industry players. Some of the heavyweights to present their latest innovations include: EnOcean, KNX, Legrand, Dahua, ANJUBAO, Ave Leelen, HULTON, Dalitek, Aurine, HDL,WISTAR, A-OK, Savekey, Star-net, Tantron, T-Touching, Laffey, Systec, A&R, Rishun, mantunsci and Dnake. Key sectors and exhibitors include:

* Smart hotels
Exhibitor: Guangzhou Rishun Electronics Technology Co Ltd IoT and digitisation are becoming key to the development of hotel management. Rishun’s new products specialise in strong and weak current intelligent control systems for hotels and buildings.

* Intelligent building communication protocols
Exhibitor: Hangzhou Wistar Mechanical & Electric Technology Co Ltd Smart sun shading systems are designed to make living environments more comfortable by blocking harsh sunlight and providing noise reducing capabilities.

* Smart energy-saving solutions
Exhibitor: KNX China
KNX is an open standard for commercial and domestic building automation. In recent years, KNX has enhanced its technologies by adding KNXIoT, KNX Secure and KNX Web Service to promote the continuous development of smart homes and intelligent building.

SIBT is organised by Guangzhou Guangya Messe Frankfurt Co Ltd, the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade – Shanghai Pudong Sub-Council, Shanghai Hongshan Exhibition Service Co Ltd and the China Smart Home Industry Alliance (CSHIA). The fair will be held from 3 – 5 September 2018 at Shanghai New International Expo Centre in China.

SIBT will be held concurrently with SSHT to showcase intelligent building technologies and solutions for building energy saving, the smart community and smart hotels. The fair is committed to presenting the concept of Building Internet of Things and driving the industry forward. This will eventually mean the concept of intelligent building evolving from an individual building to a cluster of buildings and moving further towards intelligent technologies and digitisation. Many hope that the idea of cognitive buildings will eventually be realised.

SIBT and SSHT are both headed by the biennial Light + Building event in Frankfurt, Germany. Messe Frankfurt also organises a series of light and building technology exhibitions in China including Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology, Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition, Shanghai International Lighting Fair and Parking China. The company's light and building technology fairs also extend to markets in Argentina, India, Thailand, Russia, the UAE and other countries and regions.

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Beijing sees increase of 17,000 battery electric vehicles in H118, leading other China cities
 
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Aug 08, 2018
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Aug 02, 2018 (China Knowledge) - Beijing saw an increase of 17,000 battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in the first half of 2018, according to China.org.cn, China's national online news service. By the end of June, a total of 188,000 BEVs had been sold in Beijing, accounting for 11.6% of the country's total. Of that, 140,000 were sold to individuals and companies and 48,000 were used in the public sphere.

Beijing's new energy automobile industry is also developing quickly. In the first half of this year, automaker BAIC BJEV sold 53,598 new energy vehicles, up 79% year-on-year. There are 130,000 charging stations all over the city, including 93,000 privately installed for home use, 20,000 accessible to the general public, and 17,000 installed for the public transport system.

Beijing government took the lead nationwide in abolishing the pre-registration system for new energy vehicles. In July 2018, the Beijing Municipal Finance Bureau and other relevant authorities jointly issued a new notice to subsidize new energy vehicles (including BEVs and fuel cell vehicles).

Under a draft version of the "Action Plan for the Promotion and Application of New Energy Smart Vehicles in Beijing (2018-2020)," by 2020, the total number of new energy vehicles sold in Beijing is to exceed 400,000.

To achieve that goal, Beijing will increase the usage of electric vehicles in key fields such as taxis, public transport, and logistics. By the end of 2020, the capital aims to expand the demonstration scale of battery electric taxis, and raise the proportion of newly-added taxis that use new energy to 80%.

The city will continue to promote the electrification of public transport, and all buses used in central urban areas and the sub-center will all be replaced by electric vehicles. In the fields of logistics, vehicles for postal services, express delivery (under 4.5 tons) and logistics distribution (under 4.5 tons) will be largely replaced with electric vehicles.

 
 
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iFlytek AI Hospital is Ongoing in Anhui and Beyond
 
Aug 03, 2018
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In the outpatient hall of Anhui Provincial Hospital of China, an artificial intelligent (AI) robot named “Xiao yi” is wandering around to assist doctors with making initial diagnosis for patients.

Artificial Intelligence Aided Diagnosis and Treatment Center, which is established jointly by Anhui Provincial Hospital of China and iFlytek, has been operated for almost a year since August 20, 2017. “Xiao yi” is one example of the AI programs applied in the hospital to help with medical cases.

LU Xiaoliang, deputy general manager of iFlytek, said, “I’m glad we chose to research on application of AI in the medical sector rather than medical informatization or internet-based medical treatment. We believe it can improve both efficiency and ability of the doctor.”

iFlytek has multiple advantages of high technology, such as voice technology, image recognition and natural language processing. Moreover, they recognized that medical problems root in the lack of high-quality medical resources which can be settled by AI through empowering doctors.

“Yun Yisheng”, meaning cloud doctor, is another clinical application of iFlytek in the form of APP. It integrates several systems including medical advice entry, image data examining and medical record writing to improve physician’s productivity.

QI Yinbao, a doctor from neurosurgery department, said, “ Yun Yisheng not only makes us more efficient by reducing medical record writing time, but also provides us a platform to learn by ourselves through reading latest research and comparing our diagnosis with intelligent diagnosis. Besides, it has high security level to prevent data from divulging.”

Image diagnosis cloud platform also enables Doctor QI to help rural practitioners remotely, and this is vital for speeding up diagnosis and preventing misdiagnosis in diseases concerning lung and breast.

The number of “Yun Yisheng” views by clinicians increased from 1500 in 2017 to 2260 in first half year of 2018 alone, in other words, there is an average increase from 1.15 to 1.5 per day, indicating that more and more clinicians are using this APP.

Challenges do occur as YAN Guang, the vice president of the hospital, put it, “It is difficult to establish a standard for Intelligent Hospital, but we are trying to make it according to the development of hospital and its classification. Furthermore, administrative obstacles should be overcome for the sake of the patients.”

LU Xiaoliang shared similar view, for iFlytek needs to develop related technologies as well as build up a business mode. “Government’s support is crucial for promoting the program”, he said, “AI medical treatment first needs to pass the audit standards, such as the standard set by CFDA, then it should be industrialized through a certain business mode, such as putting AI project into medical insurance.”

Challenges come along with opportunities. Since the establishment of Intelligent Hospital, the government has invested 3.8 million yuan and a team is formed special for AI application developing.

Besides Anhui Provincial Hospital of China, iFlytek is also cooperating with more than 100 third class hospitals nationwide,and looking for more in the future.

(Written by Mairebaha, Edited by GUO Jianjian, USTC News Center)

SOURCE / University of Science and Technology of China