Damo Academy, Alibaba Group’s in-house research institute, announced the launch of a joint laboratory with the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in Hefei, capital of eastern Anhui province. . The two partners will carry out fundamental research on cutting-edge technologies in the fields of AI, in particular cognitive AI.
The Alibaba DAMO Academy works with top universities and research institutes to explore, define and solve technical problems. It has also set up the Alibaba Innovative Research Program (AIR) and the Alibaba Research Fellowship (ARF) which encourage collaboration between the Alibaba Group and academia.
Alibaba’s academic collaboration aims to promote cutting-edge technological studies in computer-related research fields and stimulate the translation of research results into practical applications.
The joint DAMO-USTC laboratory
Alibaba is one of the first Chinese tech companies to deploy AI technology, and USTC is renowned for its academic research excellence in the field of AI.
Thanks to this joint laboratory, the two partners will be able to strengthen their complementary expertise, exploit the potential of scientific research to achieve breakthroughs in certain technological fields. The lab will focus on research in cognitive intelligence, voice recognition, natural language processing, machine vision, intelligent data processing and privacy protection.
On the other hand, it will create opportunities for students: creation of AI courses, AI innovation competition and development of AI open source communities.
The lab will be co-led by Li Xiangyang, executive dean of the School of Computing and Technology at the University of Science and Technology, and Zhou Jingren, senior vice president of Alibaba Group and vice president of the Alibaba DAMO Academy.
Zhou Jingren explains:
“Cutting edge research in artificial intelligence is far from over. Alibaba will continue to invest in this technology: this is why we are co-creating this laboratory. Alibaba actively contributes to business innovation, developing AI technology and supporting AI talent.”
Bao Xinhe, Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences and President of USTC, adds:
“The two organizations have been cooperating for many years in scientific research and training, and have a solid basis for cooperation. We are creating this laboratory with the hope of advancing research and thus legitimizing our place in this sector. »
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The South China Morning Postnewspaper owned by Alibaba, recalling that the United States had tightened restrictions on the country’s access to various advanced technologies, including AI chips, announced a few days later, the launch of the AI Innovation Joint Lab, a joint lab between Alibaba’s online advertising subsidiary Alimama and Peking University. The latter will specialize in cutting-edge theories, methodologies and key technologies of AI.