Tsinghua University launched an Institute for research into the Artificial Intelligence industry in Beijing on Dec 1st.
The Institute, known as AIR, was established in the context of the fourth Industrial Revolution and is positioned as an application-oriented research institute. It aims to empower industrial upgrading, promote social progress with the help of AI technology, and make breakthroughs in core technologies while cultivating industrial pioneers and facilitating the revolutionary development of the sector through innovations made by the university and enterprises.
At the unveiling ceremony, Qiu Yong, President of Tsinghua, said that the university has placed AI development at the core of its planning, and pinned high hopes on the Institute.
President Qiu stressed that AI has brought about omnipresent changes, adding that while marveling at the new engines created by AI technology, the industry should also be alert to the new challenges it brings to human society in its rapid development, which should be noted by the university as well.
He recalled the big events in the university’s deployment in the AI sector: the Institute of Artificial Intelligence was established in June 2018, the Institute for AI International Governance was launched in June 2020, and the newly-unveiled AIR signal that Tsinghua, with its advantages in the discipline of artificial intelligence, has tapped into the fields of AI technology, governance and industry to benefit society.
Zhang Yaqin, dean of AIR, presented the institute’s development strategies and future prospects to the audience.
Klaus Schwab, founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF), congratulated Tsinghua on the Institute’s establishment via video link, saying that he hoped the Institute and the WEF will work together to explore the great potential of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and make greater contributions to the social progress and the well-being of mankind.
Zheng Li, the university’s Vice-president, Yang Yuanqing, Chinese tech giant Lenovo's Chairman and CEO, Edward Tian, Chairman of Chinese tech company AsiaInfo, Kai-Fu Lee, Chairman and CEO of venture capital firm Sinovation Ventures and many other well-known entrepreneurs attended the event.
Other attendees from Tsinghua included Dai Qionghai, Head of the School of Information Science and Technology, and Xue Lan, Dean of the Institute for AI International Governance and Schwarzman College.
The event was presided over by Tsinghua Vice-president Yang Bin.
Editors: Li Han, John Olbrich