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University drives AI research forward

    Shanghai Jiao Tong University is adding more strings to its bow of becoming a key player in artificial intelligence.

    It announced yesterday that it has set up a research institute on artificial intelligence for further exploration on AI’s basic theory, technology and application, such as intelligent medical care.

    It is also aiming to combine AI technology with traditional industries, such as shipbuilding and exploration of marine resources.

    The institute also plans to set up a database of AI information and patents. It will form an “artificial intelligence league” with the cooperation of some foreign top universities, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    According to Mao Junfa, head of the institute, its research will be grounded on three elements — “data, algorithm and chip.”

    The institute will also make efforts to improve the computing power of AI chips to support the development of AI products and the application of unmanned systems.

    “One of our research teams is now doing a project about tiny robots which can be used for checks in patients’ stomach and intestines,” Mao said.