World's Top Scientists to Flock to WAIC in Shanghai
Tong Lan
DATE:  Aug 23 2019
/ SOURCE:  yicai
World's Top Scientists to Flock to WAIC in Shanghai   World's Top Scientists to Flock to WAIC in Shanghai

(Yicai Global) Aug. 22 -- The World Artificial Intelligence Conference will open in Shanghai on Aug. 29. Many heavyweight scientists will give speeches or discuss key topics, including basic hardware, open source Big Data, deep learning, machine vision, quantum computing and general artificial intelligence, as well as AI's future course.

Attendees include:

Jürgen Schmidhuber, the father of recurrent neural networks, professor of artificial intelligence at the University of Lugano and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland

Raj Reddy, Turing Award winner

Li Deyi, an academician with the Chinese Academy of Engineering

Tom Mitchell, dean of the School of Machine Learning at Carnegie Mellon University

George Fitzgerald Smoot III, Nobel Laureate

Yang Qiang, professor of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Michael Wooldridge, head of the department of computer science at Oxford University

Zhou Zhihua, the first Chinese president of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence

Zhu Songchun, professor of computer science at University of California, Los Angeles

Cai Tianwen, associate dean of Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania

Zhou Yizhen, professor at Carnegie Mellon University

Jeff Welser, vice president of IBM Research – Almaden, IEEE fellow, chairman of Silicon Valley-Greater Bay Area Technology Innovation Association

Marek Michalewicz, professor of Warsaw University, Warsaw, Poland

Lu Yongqing, fellow of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering

Jürgen Schmidhuber, Father of Modern AI

AI is not only the next round of industrial revolution, but one that will transcend humans and even creatures and change the entire universe, Jürgen Schmidhuber, known as the Father of Modern AI, said before the WAIC.

Schmidhuber, who will attend the WAIC opening ceremony on Aug. 29, is very much looking forward to it.

AI and deep learning originated in Europe, but China and the US are currently the two countries positioned to turn AI into real economic benefits, especially through platform-based companies, like internet giants Alibaba Group Holding, Amazon, Tencent Holdings, Google, Facebook and Baidu, said Schmidhuber.

Schmidhuber hopes that Shanghai can use funds wisely to turn itself a fount of AI technological development.

Schmidhuber is a veritable pioneer in the artificial intelligence field. As early as the 1990s, he invented the Long Short-Term Memory network, which effectively solved the memory problem of artificial intelligence systems. Every smartphone, every social media network and AI assistant in the world now uses this system at all times.

Raj Reddy, Founder of CMU Robotics Academy

Turing Award winner and AI pioneer Dr. Raj Reddy is a fellow of the American Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and a tenured professor of the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. He has served as the dean of the Academy for a long time. He founded CMU's Robotics Academy in 1979.

The CMU Robotics Academy is the birthplace of autopilot. Reddy's team began research on driverless vehicles as early as in 1984 and made one in 1995.

He is deeply impressed by China's AI progress. AI has developed rapidly in China over recent years. China lagged behind others in AI decades ago, but it is now already leading the world, which is very remarkable, he noted.

George Fitzgerald Smoot III Seeks Opportunities to Work with China

The progress of China's technology industry has attracted ever more top scientists to come to China to seek cooperative opportunities. Nobel laureate George Fitzgerald Smoot III is one.

Smoot's current research covers biomedical electronic information technology and biomedical artificial intelligence technology. Some of his medical products are used by NASA in is space medicine plan. He also maintains contacts in China's industrial, academic and research circles. His talks with China's business community have gradually increased in addition to his academic exchanges.

Smoot penned a contract with Te-Pemic Health Industry and became the chief international scientist of the company in May last year.

China Mobile Chengdu Industrial Research Institute set up the Nobel Laureate Global AI Application and Innovation Center in Chengdu jointly with the Shanghai-based AI Industry Fund, overseas scientific research resource operators and ecological partners from AI core tech-related industry chain in December.

Smoot penned a memorandum of strategic cooperation with the center and became the first scientist to join it.

Editor: Ben Armour

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