Hong Xiaowen, senior Vice President of Microsoft Corporation and Chairman of Microsoft Asia Pacific R&D Group and President of Microsoft Research Asia, revealed on Apr. 11 that the world’s largest artificial intelligence and IoT laboratory will be officially put into operation in Shanghai in mid-May this year.

Back in January, Shanghai Pudong New District signed a memorandum of strategic cooperation with Microsoft (China) Co., Ltd. According to the memorandum, with a total construction area of 2,800 square meters, the lab that will reside in the AI island in Shanghai. It is Microsoft’s first AI and IOT lab in the Asia Pacific region, and the largest laboratory in the world.

Hong Xiaowen, senior Vice President of Microsoft Corporation and Chairman of Microsoft Asia Pacific R&D Group and President of Microsoft Research Asia
Hong Xiaowen, senior Vice President of Microsoft Corporation and Chairman of Microsoft Asia Pacific R&D Group and President of Microsoft Research Asia (Source: MSRA)

According to reports, the newly established lab is a global R&D institution established by Microsoft to promote artificial intelligence and IoT innovation research and development and industrialization, and is aimed at promoting manufacturing, retail, medicine, finance, public affairs and other relevant industries. In addition to Shanghai, Microsoft has two other global labs in the field, located in Seattle and Munich.

Microsoft buildings in Beijing
Microsoft buildings in Beijing (Source: MSRA)

“The world’s largest Internet of Things market is in China, and artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things have great potential for development in China.” Kang Rong, vice president of Microsoft Greater China said. According to him, Microsoft will bring the best technology in the world and promote more down-to-earth applications. For example, in the manufacturing industry, if robots are connected to artificial intelligence and intelligent clouds, factories will be able to do predictive maintenance instead of just inefficient continuous maintenance. In the future, the robot itself will tell us “the time that it needs to be repaired.”

Yuan Tao, chairman of Zhangjiang Group, said that artificial intelligence has penetrated various fields. Zhangjiang will divert artificial intelligence towards new directions based on the existing integrated circuits and biomedical industries.

Source: Pandaily