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1 February 2019Asia-Pacific

Chinese AI start-up opens R&D centre in Singapore

Chinese artificial intelligence (AI) start-up Yitu Technology has launched a new research and development centre in Singapore which will focus partly on applying the technology to medical diagnostics.

In  a press release issued yesterday, January 31, the company said the centre’s research would develop solutions for optimising computer vision in the field of diagnostics.

Computer vision is a field of AI dealing with the ability of computers to receive and process information at a level similar to human vision.

Zhang Zhenjie, research and development director at Yitu, said that the centre will provide “a platform for local AI talent from both academia and industry to translate cutting-edge research into innovative AI technologies and solutions that create a better quality of life for citizens, from smarter healthcare to improved infrastructure.”

“Singapore aims to be a world-class leader in AI where global AI companies build and deploy solutions that not only transform businesses but change the way we live”, said Ang Chin Tah, director of infocomms and media at the Singapore Economic Development Board.

The news comes as recently published figures show that China is one of the world leaders in AI development. Sister publication WIPR  reported yesterday that new data from the World Intellectual Property Organization shows that Chinese academies are among the leading filers of AI patents.

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