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Microsoft, Taiwan-based university launch drive to foster AI talent

2018/06/20 20:26:33

Photo courtesy of Asia University, Taiwan

Taipei, June 20 (CNA) Microsoft Taiwan, in conjunction with Taichung-based Asia University, Taiwan, launched a project Wednesday to cultivate talent for the development of artificial intelligence (AI) applications.

As part of the project, a facility for people to experience Microsoft's latest AI technologies will be established. Courses will also be offered to help train professionals in the development of AI apps for medical and health care, reading and controlling systems.

In February, Asia University, Taiwan gained approval from the Ministry of Education to set up an AI academy and to open AI classes, according to Jeffrey Tsai (蔡進發), president of the university.

Currently, an AI center, digital center, a 3D printing center and a center for the prevention of Internet addiction have been established at the university, Tsai said.

He said the school has held several international AI seminars as part of its efforts to become an AI development and research hub in Taiwan.

Microsoft Taiwan Vice President Peng Shu-yu (彭樹裕) said there is a huge demand for talent in the development of AI products and solutions, and universities are the best institutions to foster such talent.

In the initial phase of the partnership project, a training center and a facility equipped with the latest AI technologies will be established, according to Tseng Shian-shyong (曾憲雄), the university's vice president and the head of its AI academy.

He said an unmanned AI library featuring a facial recognition system and Microsoft's robotics services will also be set up.

(By Su Mu-chun and Evelyn Kao)
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