Written by: Cui Yang
Translated by: Shen Xiao
Edited by: D. Parker
On May 31st, 2018 the first council of the China Artificial Intelligence Industry Development Alliance (AIIA) held their second meeting in Beijing. At the meeting HIT was elected as one of three universities, from among 28, to serve as vice-council for China's Artificial Intelligence Industry Development Alliance. The other two are Tsinghua University and Zhejiang University. Academician Han Jiecai, HIT vice president, was elected deputy director.
Sun Wei, Deputy Director of the High Technology Industry Division of the National Development and Reform Commission, and Wang Weiming, Deputy Director of the Science and Technology Department of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, attended the meeting and delivered speeches. Liao Yimin, director of the Central Network Communications Office, Pan Yunhe, Zheng Nanning, Chen Chun, and Dai Hao, academicians from the Chinese Academy of Engineering, Pu Mu-ming, a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Zhong Yixin, a member of the New York Academy of Sciences, as well as guests and representatives from the Council of China’s Artificial Intelligence Industry Development Alliance, and members of the Committee of experts attended the meeting. The meeting was presided over by Wang Zhiqin, vice president of the China Institute of Information and Communications.
According to the "Internet+" Three-Year Plan of Implementation of Artificial Intelligence, AIIA was initiated with the purpose of accelerating the development of the artificial intelligence industry in China, building a public service platform for the development of the artificial intelligence industry, and upgrading its industrial development capacity and application levels. Leading enterprises and institutes such as the China Institute of Information and Communications, Baidu, Ali, Tencent, Tsinghua University, Zhejiang University, iFLYTEK, Qihu 360, the Institute of Automation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang Xinsong, ZTE, INESA, the China Electric Power Research Institute, the Aerospace Science and Technology Group, China Unicom, the Electronic Fourth Institute, and the Electronic First Institute were some of the entities who established AIIA. This was done under the guidance of four ministries: the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the Central Network Communications Office. Currently, the Union has 248 member units. Pan Yunhe was elected as the first president. Gao Wen, academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and alumnus of HIT, was elected director of the expert’s committee.