The Secretary-General of the International Artificial Industry Alliance, Cai Zhongtao, and the Director of Investment for Alliance Projects, Deng Yuhao, visited Wuhan from October 8th, engaging in a series of significant exchange activities with the aim of promoting deep cooperation between academia, industry, and research in the field of artificial intelligence and driving technological innovation and cross-disciplinary applications. This visit has brought about numerous opportunities for collaboration. The following are the key points of the itinerary:
1、Collaboration Discussion at Wuhan University
On the noon of October 8th, they arrived at the School of Electronic Information at Wuhan University and held in-depth discussions with Professor Chen Yang and Dean Chen Hongbo about mutual understanding and future collaboration. Both parties reached a consensus to promote deep cooperation between academia, industry, and research, thereby fostering innovation in artificial intelligence technology and cross-disciplinary applications. Cai Zhongtao expressed the alliance's commitment to establishing a deep partnership with Wuhan University, sharing resources, and assisting in the industrialization of projects by professors and doctoral candidates, while also promoting deep connections between international academicians and universities.
2. Project Groundwork at Wuhan University of Science and Technology
In the afternoon, they proceeded to Wuhan University of Science and Technology to initiate preliminary discussions about projects. The alliance invited key personnel from Hubei Urban Investment Group's Ezhou Company and Wuhan University of Science and Technology to brainstorm and provide suggestions on the topic of the Smart New Materials Industrial Park. Li Jun, the Deputy General Manager of Ezhou Company, emphasized the group's commitment to contributing to the development of smart transportation and urban construction in Hubei. Currently, with over 3,000 acres of land in Ezhou, they are planning the next phase of development. Hence, through the International Artificial Industry Alliance platform, the visit aimed to explore the feasibility of creating a Smart Steel City, with a strong focus on positioning and technological empowerment.
Secretary-General Cai Zhongtao pointed out that artificial intelligence is gradually infiltrating various industries, including the steel industry. The concept of a Smart Steel Factory predominantly involves digitizing and enhancing various aspects of steel production, promoting factory automation, digitization, and smart features, and reducing strenuous manual labor and safety incidents. With China's current oversupply of common steel products, Hubei can consider accelerating the research and development of specialty steel through large-scale modeling. By collecting and analyzing market data in the smart cloud, local industries can form good complementary relationships and engage in deep processing of steel. This may involve processing steel into various components or, through collaboration with copper materials and coatings, processing it into high-precision, higher-performance, and lower-cost industrial components. Additionally, cooperation with foreign specialty material manufacturers is also a viable option.
Chen Zhigang, from Wuhan University of Science and Technology's Legal Affairs Office, stated that to realize the concept of a Smart Steel Factory, detailed local research and precise positioning are necessary. In addition, high-end enterprises upstream and downstream of steel materials can be introduced to create a comprehensive ecological park. He suggested leveraging Wuhan University of Science and Technology's intellectual resources to assist in establishing research institutes in the local area.
Wuhan University of Science and Technology's President Ni Hongwei summarized the discussions and offered insights. He emphasized that the ordinary steel industry is facing a downward trend due to macroeconomic conditions and the real estate market's influence. However, he remains optimistic about the Smart Steel City project, driven by technology and artificial intelligence, considering it as the future direction. He also stressed the market potential of personalized, high-end steel products. He emphasized the importance of preliminary research and pledged to make full use of the university's intellectual resources, alumni industrial resources, and collaboration with Urban Investment Group to jointly establish the Smart Steel City.
3. Insights from Chuanxin Tech Innovation Company
On the noon of October 9th, Secretary-General Cai Zhongtao and Alliance Project Investment Director Deng Yuhao visited Chuangxin Technology and Innovation Company for a visit and knowledge exchange. The company's mission is to "incubate invisible champions and facilitate industrial upgrading" with a focus on hard technology areas such as optoelectronics, new energy materials, and health-related fields. The company adopts the motto of "incubate small, invest early, from -1 to 1" and aims to provide specialized technical brokerage services to high-level entrepreneurial talents, scientific and technological innovation teams, and early-stage hard technology companies. The company's cultural mission aligns well with the alliance's financial and investment services. Both entities are dedicated to helping high-tech talent projects achieve early-stage incubation and rapid deployment.
Chuangxin Technology and Innovation Company's founder, Zhang Jie, shared his journey to success and emphasized the importance of selecting the right project field and identifying outstanding individuals. He stressed that only individuals with unique qualities, persistence, and no material desires can achieve success. Zhang Jie encouraged the importance of perseverance and faith in attaining success. He shared his own experience of eight years of exploration and effort before achieving success in recent years. Chuangxin Technology and Innovation Company's case provides significant inspiration, offering a clear direction for innovation and business incubation. Finally, Zhang Jie mentioned the company's plans to deepen its presence in the Guangdong market in 2024, and he expressed anticipation for increased collaboration between the alliance and Chuangxin Technology and Innovation Company to expedite the industrialization of technological innovation projects for professors and doctoral candidates.
4.Project Collaboration and Exchange with Professors at South China University of Technology
Secretary-General Cai Zhongtao and Alliance Project Investment Director Cao Min jointly visited Academician Chen Junlong and Academician Chen Xiaoqi from South China University of Technology to discuss the industrial application of multiple technology achievements, including large-scale models, new materials, pedestrian robots, and smart agriculture projects. The visit also included tours of the Pazhou Laboratory and the South China University of Technology's International Campus. Both parties engaged in open discussions about how to connect capital, build startup company teams, and expand into the market, among other practical details.
Prospects for Collaboration: The trip of the International Artificial Industry Alliance to Wuhan has been highly successful, leading to broad consensus on collaboration. The Smart Steel Factory project has already developed preliminary plans. The next steps involve conducting detailed market research, continuing communication with the Ezhou government, Hubei Urban Investment, and Wuhan University of Science and Technology to facilitate its initiation. Academician Chen Junlong's "AI + New Materials" project, which greatly accelerates the development of new materials through large-model algorithms and chemical expert systems, has made initial connections with two investment companies through the alliance. Additionally, the alliance is assisting this project in connecting with market resources, forming marketing and sales teams, and expediting its industrialization.
The alliance will continue to coordinate efforts with the government, social capital, and relevant industrial resources to accelerate the incubation and industrialization of university technology projects. This initiative aims to promote the integration of artificial intelligence with various industries and facilitate the development of artificial intelligence.