Intelligent manufacturing hub gathers steam on brain power

Scientists and academicians have joined hands with technology companies in Lingang area in a bid to push forward the development of the city's intelligent manufacturing hub.

Scientists and academicians have joined hands with technology companies in Lingang area in the city's Pudong in a bid to push forward the development of the city's intelligent manufacturing hub.

More than 20 intelligent manufacturing experts went into strategic cooperation on Friday with 12 companies in Lingang. The experts will provide technology advise and support for the companies to turn some innovative ideas into production and develop market for the products.

Under the cooperation, computer scientist He Jifeng, a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences will lead a research at Lingang-based SinoCBD, a data and analytical company. SinoCBD has been granted a special fund of 1 million yuan (US$149,477) to carry out the research led by He.

"We will explore to blend artificial intelligence and big data technologies as to build a smart online community, which will benefit the whole Lingang area," said Chen Gang, founder of SinoCBD. "Also, we estimate to cultivate nearly 1,000 professionals in the field of artificial intelligence by 2020."

Ding Wenjiang, a materials science and engineering specialist, is now working on research in the environmental-friendly materials for drones. He has set up cooperation with Lingang's intelligent manufacturing institute. His inventions are expected to be used by the Commercial Aircraft Corp of China, which makes China's first narrow-body passenger aircraft.

Lingang area aims to play a pioneering role in the country's research and development of robotics and artificial intelligence. It also takes a lead in the development of high-end "smart" devices, oceanic equipment and intelligent vehicles.


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