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China Sets Up National Laboratory To Develop Brain-Like Artificial Intelligence

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China has set up its first national laboratory dedicated to advancing brain-like artificial intelligence technology with the aim of developing world-leading computing paradigms and applications that mimic the human brain’s ability to sort and quantify information.

The AI lab, located at the China University of Science and Technology (USTC) in Hefei city in Eastern Anhui province, will carry out research to develop brain-like AI chips, operating systems and neutral network-based brain-like robots, as well as accelerate the industrialization of AI technologies including video surveillance, interactive voice response and autonomous driving, China’s official media organization Xinhua News Agency said.

“Brain-like technology is an important part of the development of AI technology. The development of brain-like AI can reveal how the human brain processes information, and boost the deep-learning industry in China,” said Wan Lijun, president of USTC, who will serve as chairman of the lab.

A number of the country’s top universities and research institutions will join with USTC to develop the technology, including Fudan University, Shenyang Institute of Automation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Microelectronics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Baidu Inc.

This February, Baidu announced that it had gained approval to establish a national deep learning lab to conduct research in seven areas, including deep learning, computer vision, machine hearing, biometric identification, human-computer interaction, standardized services and intellectual property in deep learning.

Some of the country’s top AI scientists, including Lin Yunqing, director of Baidu’s Institute of Deep Learning, Institute of Deep Learning scientist Xu Wei, Tsinghua University professor Zhang Bo and Bei Hang University’s professor Li Wei have joined Baidu’s new lab.

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