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Ho Chi Minh City launches expert advisory panel to spur AI research

Saturday, November 14, 2020, 16:05 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City launches expert advisory panel to spur AI research
Duong Anh Duc, vice-chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, delivers a speech at the launch of an advisory panel of experts harnessing AI in the city, November 7, 2020. Photo: Trong Nhan / Tuoi Tre

A panel of local and international experts has been established to support the building and development of an artificial intelligence (AI) ecosystem in Ho Chi Minh City, the leading financial and economic hub in Vietnam.

The panel, launched on November 7, was formed in order to give consulting to the ‘Research on Application of Artificial Intelligence’ program in the city during the 2020-30 period.

The 18-member team of AI specialists and scientists from both domestic and foreign institutions was established by the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee

Key members of the panel include Dr. Duong Nguyen Vu, from the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and director of the Air Traffic Management Research Institute at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; Tran Thanh Long, associate professor in computer science, University of Warwick, the United Kingdom; Nguyen Viet Dung, director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Science and Technology; and Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Bui The Duy.

The panel is expected to significantly contribute to the development of an ecosystem in the city centered on the research of AI applications and smart product and service solutions -- key aspects of Ho Chi Minh City’s plan to evolve into a smart and innovative metropolis.  

A launch event for the panel was held in conjunction with the city’s 'Festival Day of Entrepreneurs in Information Technology and Artificial Intelligence,' organized by the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee.

The festival hosted various activities related to the introduction of new technology, digital transformation, new AI solutions and products, and a discussion between city authorities and local students studying AI.  

According to Duong Anh Duc, vice-chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, the festival day presented an opportunity to showcase the city’s digital transition and adoption of AI, as well as allowing local research to suggest potential applications of AI and digital technology in the private sector.

Ho Chi Minh City’s adoption of digital applications has been slower than other major cities, Duc explained.

Currently, there are only two enterprises with a registered capital of over VND100 billion (US$4.3 million) among the 45,000 IT companies based in Ho Chi Minh City.

“Our current situation serves as the foundation for our future policies and the advancement of our AI and digital ecosystem,” Duc said.

City authorities are scheduled to announce a plan on AI development in Ho Chi Minh City during the 2020-30 phase in December.

The plan is expected to map out a path of development for the city’s technology sector against the backdrop of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and ongoing projects to transform Ho Chi Minh City into a smart city.

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Kim Thoa - Trong Nhan / Tuoi Tre News

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