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2,000 to join Vietnam Artificial Intelligence Day

Saturday, August 03, 2019, 12:02 GMT+7
2,000 to join Vietnam Artificial Intelligence Day
High school students are seen at an orientation day at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology and Education, which has courses in AI and robotics. Photo: Tran Huynh / Tuoi Tre

The Vietnam Artificial Intelligence Day (AI4VN) 2019 is slated to take place in Hanoi in the middle of this month, with a number of activities involving one of the hottest sectors of the tech industry.

The two-day event scheduled for August 15 and 16 at Hanoi University of Science and Technology in Hai Ba Trung District will also feature a coding competition, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Bui The Duy, head of the organizing board, said at a press conference on Wednesday.

AI4VN, organized by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Planning and Investment, and Hanoi University of Science and Technology, is expected to gather hundreds of Vietnamese and foreign artificial intelligence (AI) academics.

AI is an area of computer science that emphasizes the creation of intelligent machines that work and react like humans.

Themed “Promote the development of an AI ecosystem”, the event is expected to discuss the implementation of AI in different sectors such as healthcare, education, business, commerce, finance, and agriculture.

“AI4VN is also intended to connect members of Vietnam’s AI ecosystem, including research institutes, technology companies, and startups,” Deputy Minister Duy told Wednesday’s press conference.

The event, which is expected to attract up to 2,000 attendees, will consist of panel discussions, exhibitions, workshops and a coding competition, with the participation of Vietnamese and foreign experts, businessmen and researchers.

There will be six separate presentations from world’s top AI experts and guest speakers including Dr. Ulli Waltinger, head of the Machine Intelligence Research Group and Technology at Siemens AI Lab of Siemens Corporate Technology, Stefano Ermon, Assistant Professor at Faculty of Computer Science at Stanford University, and Peter Vesterbacka, co-founder of famous mobile game Angry Birds.

The topics of workshops and discussions to be held within the framework of the event are meant to map the most suitable path for Vietnam to develop its AI industry.

Visitors will also be treated to exhibitions and the showcase of new technologies including self-driving cars and robots.

Artificial Intelligence is considered as one of the core technologies of the fourth industrial revolution, and is expected to have great impacts and changes in the next ten years, according to research and advisory company Gartner.

Gartner also stated that the AI industry was valued at US$1.2 trillion in 2018, posting a tremendous growth of 70 percent from the year earlier.

In Vietnam, AI was listed as one of advanced technologies for prioritized investment in development as early as in 2014.

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