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Press Release for June 18, 2019 Media Briefing by the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government

June 20, 2019

Shanghai Municipal People’s Government Information Office held a press conference on June 18. Shanghai Vice Mayor Wu Qing introduced the preparation work for the World’s Artificial Intelligence Conference. Zhu Xiumei, deputy director of the Science and Technology Department of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Zhang Xu, deputy director of the Strategic Planning Department of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Wu Jincheng, director of the Shanghai Municipal Shanghai Economic and Information Commission, and Guan Xiaojun, deputy governor of the Pudong New Area, attended the conference and answered questions from reporters.

Authorized by the State Council, and co-hosted by the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the Cyberspace Administration of China, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Chinese Academy of Engineering and Shanghai Municipal People's Government, the World Artificial Intelligence Conference 2019 will be held between August 29 and August 31. It will be staged at both sides of the Huangpu River with the Shanghai Expo Center serving as the major conference hall, and the Riverside (Binjiang) of Xuhui will be the supplementary meeting venue for the conference.

Since last year, artificial intelligence has become part of Shanghai's priority development strategy, and industrial development has entered the “fast lane”. Shanghai has taken the first step to become one of the leading areas for the development of artificial intelligence in China. Following the request of Shanghai Party Secretary Li Qiang to make the city a forerunner in the development of artificial intelligence, Shanghai now has acquired advantages in four major areas.

Firstly, Shanghai has established advantages for enterprise clusters to emerge, and it has formed an industrial structure to allow companies of different sizes and formats to create synergies among each other. According to statistics from relevant authorities, Shanghai has more than 1,000 artificial intelligence enterprises, topping the national ranking list. Secondly, the layout for scientific and technological development has been accelerated. A number of fundamental research and development platforms such as the Microsoft-INESA (Group) Co Innovation Platform and Shanghai Brain Science and Brain-like Intelligence Research Center have been launched. A number of innovation research centers and artificial intelligence laboratories have been unveiled and companies such as Amazon, Baidu, Alibaba Tencent and iFLyteck have launched their facilities in Shanghai. The local unicorn company Yitu Technology released the first cloud-based artificial intelligence chip. Thirdly, the city has cultivated unique competitiveness in the application of artificial intelligence in relevant industries and situations. In December last year, Shanghai was the first in the country to release an implementation plan for the building of AI application scenarios. It will release 10 major application scenarios and 60 innovative products to enterprises and organizations around the world, and seek to set up a benchmark for the early adoption of artificial intelligence new technologies and new products. Fourthly, the city is empowering the development of the whole industry ecosystem. In May this year, government bodies and industry commissions along with the Shanghai Municipal Government initiated the construction of the Shanghai (Pudong New Area) Artificial Intelligence Innovation Application Pilot Zone and the Shanghai National New Generation Artificial Intelligence Innovation Development Pilot Zone to create a number of demonstration projects to promote the deep integration of artificial intelligence and the real economy. The demonstration zone is also expected to drive the development of artificial intelligence across the country.

At present, internationally recognized next-generation technologies represented by artificial intelligence will become key production factors. These technologies will promote the transformation of production methods worldwide and bring profound changes to global production, investment and trade patterns. After the era of Internet, the era of artificial intelligence has arrived. At the same time, with the rise of 5G network and Internet of Things, connection has become the key of the development of AI today. Shanghai chooses to connect with the world, as the city makes professional judgment and takes the lead in the industry. It is Shanghai's determination, responsibility and mission to further open up to the world and share the opportunities of artificial intelligence. Therefore, the 2019 World Artificial Intelligence Conference will bring together the wisdom of the world with the theme of “Artificial Intelligence Drives High Quality Development”, providing a wonderful experience to the guests and audiences.

This year's conference will continue to be a platform of “sophistication, globalization, specialization, and marketization”, while giving more play to “intelligence.” The conference will set top international industry events as the benchmark and further enhance the level of internationalization and specialization. The conference will actively explore intelligent organization and market operation in order to build the world's top artificial intelligence cooperation and exchange platform. This conference will be more than just a conference, forum or exhibition. It’s also a top international platform for AI cooperation and exchanges. It will feature four major subjects:  high-level forums, themed activities, application demonstration, and intelligent experience.

First, high-level forums are more focused. To earnestly implement the spirit of the important speech of Party General Secretary Xi Jinping, the forums focus on high-quality development, high-quality life and high-level governance. The organizer will set up two summit forums on industrial development and technological innovation, and 10 industry theme forums. The opening ceremony and summit forums will invite government officials, representatives of international organizations, top scientists and entrepreneurs to exchange strategic and innovative ideas. Industry forum topics will include: machine learning and intelligent algorithms, chips and intelligent hardware, autonomous driving, AI+5G, intelligent robots, AI+education, AI+ medical, AI+ industry, and AI investment and financing forum, rule of law and security. These forums will discuss key technologies, industry-oriented development, in-depth industry application and focus on innovation and future governance. These forums with different themes are more focused and the topic setting is more comprehensive.

Second, the application demonstration is more exciting. Based on the experience of creating seven AI+planets last year, this year's conference will highlight the “AI+” features, with the principle of being exquisite, fine and wonderful, and arrange 15,000 square meters of exhibition space to create an innovative application exhibition area. The industrial ecological exhibition area consists of leading enterprises in the AI industry and chips, algorithms and computing enterprises which display key products, technologies and industrial ecosystems to explore industry solutions. The AI urban application zone covers six application scenarios of “AI+” education, medical care, urban management, industry, finance and business. The autonomous driving exhibition area displays driverless vehicles, sensors and system platforms above the Level 4 autonomous driving, and provides interactive experiences. The innovative frontier exhibition area exhibits the latest high-tech products in the world, including intelligent robots and domestic and foreign innovation laboratory achievements. At the same time, Xuhui District will take the advantage of riverside resources to launch the AI humanities and arts experience zone.

Third, themed activities are more colorful. A series of special events deigned for the makers, developers and the public, are set to stimulate innovation. The AI Developer Day on August 31 will host a technical carnival, a grand meeting for AI masters; a number of conferences will be held for the release of cutting-edge technologies, new AI products, industry development reports, white papers, SAIL award, Shanghai's latest policies, etc. ( Release subjects include the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the Shanghai Municipal Government, global university alliances, professional institutions, and AI innovative enterprises); a strategic advisory meeting will be held to bring together the top experts in the industry to discuss the development trend of the industry and provide suggestions for the development of artificial intelligence in Shanghai; an invitation will be extended to solicit intelligent application solutions from around the world; and roadshows and “Shanghai AI Experience Tour” will be arranged to facilitate investment in proper projects.

Fourth, smart experience is more accessible. On the basis of last year's pilot work, the conference this year will enhance the intelligence level, build the smart Expo district, improve the intelligent facilities of the main venue and surrounding areas, and provide “AI+” service experience for the guests and citizens. On the one hand, it will promote intelligent application demonstration in the surrounding areas of the main venue. On the other hand, it will create a “1+N” intelligent conference plan to enrich the guests' participation experience.

The conference website (www.worldaic.com.cn) and WeChat public account (World Artificial Intelligence Conference) organized by the executive unit of the conference, Donghao Lansheng (Group) Co., Ltd., have been launched. We will continue to invite important guests at home and abroad and carry out various plans. It is expected that registration channels for journalist and visitors will be opened in mid-late July.

Intelligence connects the world, and you and me. The CPC Shanghai Committee and the Municipal Government attach great importance to the success of the 2019 World Artificial Intelligence Conference. At the end of August, the banks of the Huangpu River will be full of splendor and vitality.