Yitu to develop national open AI platform for computer vision under new CTO
Yitu participated in the 17th International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV 2019) in Seoul, Korea, with its new CTO and chip designed for artificial intelligence applications in the cloud in tow.
The company presented its new QuestCoreTM recently at ICCV, which is held every two years, and features the highest-level research and technical innovation in the field, according to the announcement. The conference was also among the first major public appearances by new Yitu CTO Dr. Yan Shuicheng, an IEEE Fellow, IAPR Fellow, and ACM Distinguished Scientist. Dr. Yan’s work has been cited 40,000 times, for an impressive H-index (a metric for productivity and citation impact of scholarly authors) of 98.
“The peak of artificial intelligence algorithm performance has shifted from academia to industry,” he comments. “Academia and industry need in-depth cooperation, to better boost increasing peak performance of the entire AI ecological algorithm.”
The company notes that Tsinghua University research indicates that computer vision accounted for almost 35 percent of all AI applications in 2019.
The QuestCoreTM was officially launched in May, and the company says that it is the most intelligent and cost-effective video analysis chip in the world, when integrated with the company’s AI algorithms, which excelled in recent testing by NIST, and advanced chip design philosophy. The development of the chip follows Yitu’s vision of combining AI algorithms and chip design, and the company is also building the Visual Computing National New Generation Artificial Intelligence Open Innovation Platform as a national AI infrastructure to align the entire ecosystem.
“We will help to enhance the overall performance of visual computing smart industry solution,” Yan says. “Help to integrate development experience and domain knowledge, and promote industrial innovation and cooperation.”
The emphasis on national alignment could be related to the recent inclusion of Yitu on the Entity List by the U.S. government, which blocked it and China’s other top facial recognition companies from American supply chains, creating a gap which Yitu may try to partly fill with the QuestCoreTM.