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New Generation AI Summit & IKCEST International Symposium 2017 Held in Hangzhou New Generation AI Summit & IKCEST International Symposium

2017 was successfully held in Hangzhou on 28th September 2017. With “Knowledge Service and Artificial Intelligence” as its theme, the summit was hosted by the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE); organized by the International Knowledge Centre for Engineering Sciences and Technology under the Auspices of UNESCO (IKCEST), Department of Science and Technology of Zhejiang Province, Zhejiang Lab, Yuhang District People’s Government of Hangzhou; and supported by the Administration Committee of Zhejiang Hangzhou Future Science and Technology City and Zheshan Media. Over five hundred participants from various circles, including over ten internationally renowned foreign and domestic academicians, top experts, government officials and entrepreneurs from industries were present at the summit. 

(Zuoning Chen, Vice President of CAE)


(Fei Feng, Executive Deputy Governor of Zhejiang Provincial People’s Government)


(Hans Thulstrup, UNESCO Senior Program Specialist)

In the opening ceremony, Zuoning Chen, Vice President of CAE, Fei Feng, Executive Deputy Governor of Zhejiang Provincial People’s Government and Hans Thulstrup, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) Senior Program Specialist delivered opening addresses. CAE President Chen stated that the CAE has attached great importance to the knowledge service and AI technology for many years and will fully implement what President Xi JinPing required in his speeches regarding science innovation and a community of shared future for mankind. The CAE will intensify the relevant cooperation with UNESCO and high level scientific institutions from home and abroad.

(Yunhe Pan, CAE Member)


(Raj Reddy, Turing Award Winner and CAE Foreign Member)

The symposium was divided into two sessions. The morning session was moderated by CAE Member, Wen Gao, with five speakers from all over the world giving keynote speeches respectively. CAE Member Yunhe Pan analyzed the theoretical and practical challenges ahead when AI went to 2.0. He pointed out how the digitization evolved to the intelligentization and proposed his corresponding solutions. Raj Reddy, Turing Award Winner and CAE Foreign Member, took Guardian Angels (GATs) and Cognition Amplifiers (COGs) as examples of AI 2.0 technologies in support of humankind. He strongly suggested that some AI 2.0 foundational technologies of data driven learning, augmented intelligence through human-machine collaboration, multi-lingual and multimedia data mining, autonomous and autonomic self-healing system technologies should be developed. CAE Member Cheng Wu and Yushun Fan, both Professors of Tsinghua University, gave the structure analysis of complex service network and took the intelligent tourism platform as an example to illustrate the service network applications in real life. N. Balakrishnan from Indian Institute of Science advised that we have a broader outlook on learning sciences impacted by the resurgence of AI to provide highly scalable global class rooms and lifelong and life wide learning. Director of AI Lab of Tencent Group Tong Zhang, shared some major research and progress that AI lab of Tenchent Group made as well as its direction for future development.


The afternoon session was moderated by CAE Member Guojie Li with four speakers giving speeches. CAE Member Bohu Li illustrated what Smart Manufacturing Cloud was and its great value for the big data key technologies. He also gave some suggestions for further research, application and development for smart manufacturing cloud in his report. Tat-Seng Chua, Professor of National University of Singapore, introduced the application system aimed to offer deep personalized wellness recommendation as well as persuasive health advice dissemination using automatic natural language and multimedia generation. Otthein Herzog, Member of German Academy of Science and Engineering, expressed that knowledge service was just one component in a potentially complex set of knowledge services. Artificial Intelligence technologies offered a wide range of representational and processing functionalities including the orchestrating of complex knowledge services. Yueting Zhuang, Professor of Zhejiang University, introduced the recent progress on the development of a system called KS-studio, which was the kernel technology supporting the Knowledge Center of China Engineering Science and Technology (CKCEST) led by CAE. 

(Panel Discussion Session in the morning)


(Panel Discussion Session in the afternoon)

An atmosphere of warm friendship prevailed at the two panel discussion sessions, with speakers answering questions raised by the audience, and in-depth interactive communication being carried out.


The summit has provided a precious opportunity for top experts, scholars and entrepreneurs from industries to share research findings and insights on AI related issues and exerted a positive and far-reaching influence on the future of technology research and cooperation.

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