The Federation of Hong Kong Industries (FHKI) organized International Forum: Cloud Computing, Big Data and AI in Realising an Intelligent Society on 29th Mar 2018 in Science Park. Before the forum, we took a group photo outside the Charles K. Kao Auditorium (Golden Egg).
I met CityU EngD cohorts Dr. David Chung and Dr. Sunny Chai and took a photo together.
Then I took a photo with Mr. Andy Lui (FITMI friend) and Mr. Arthur Ho (Director-General, FHKI).
In the beginning, Mr. Jimmy Kwok (Chairman, FHKI) gave a welcome speech. He said IoT and Big Data would be more important. Hong Kong Government committed to support SME and Startup through Technology Voucher Programme (TVP) since 2016. Lastly, he thanked Dr. Sunny Chai (Group 25) to lead this forum and invited many experts for sharing.
Dr. Sunny Chai (Deputy Chairman, FHKI; Managing Director, Fook Tin Group Holdings Ltd.) gave opening remarks and he said this forum was one of Big Data project in FHKI. It would be a platform for all Big Data and IT professionals to exchange the most updated information and development direction.
Dr. David Chung (Under Secretary for Innovation and Technology, ITB) gave guest speech and he said Hong Kong had very good IT infrastructure that was very suitable for Big Data and AI development. He mentioned many government departments and status bodies employed new technology to enhance their effectiveness and efficiency such as Air Authority. HK Government invested HK$50B into Innovation and Technology in this year budget. He encouraged the cooperation among Industry, Status Bodies and University. Lastly, he told us that Efficiency Unit was incorporated into ITB so that the man power increased from 58 to 171. They would focus on Hong Kong I&T and Smart City development.
The keynote speaker was Mr. Jason Pun (Assistant Government Chief Information Officer (Cyber Security & Standards) and his topic entitled “Using Big Data to Build Hong Kong into a Smart City”. Firstly, he said data generated in every part of city in a great speed every day. We knew only 0.5% of data in surface and hided data under water contained 99.5%!
Then Mr. Pun explained Data Analytics included Result Visualization, Big Data Platform and Data itself. It was able to make forecasting and improve operation efficiency. And then he briefed some cases employed in different government departments included Efficiency Unit, Hong Kong Observatory, Marine Department, etc.
After that Mr. Pun capability of Data Analytic in government based on three elements and they were Data as Enabler, Data Analytic Expertise and Tools and Platform.
At the end, he introduced Hong Kong Smart City Blueprint and six major pillars of Smart City involved Smart Economy, Smart Mobility, Smart Environment, Smart Citizen,
All guests and speakers took a group photo.
The first speaker was Mr. Raymond Xiao (Lead Solutions Architect, Alibaba Cloud HK, Macau & Taiwan) and his topic named “Building Smart Cities with Data Technology”. He quoted Mr. Jack Ma statement “China is progressing from an IT era to a period that favors Data Technology (DT)”.
Then Mr. Xiao introduced Alibaba key services which based on four layers including Payment and Financial Service, Logistics, Marketing Services Data Management Platform, and Cloud Computing.
After that he introduced their ET Brain footprints since 2016. The areas involved Finance, Tourism, Environment, City, Industry, Aviation, New Retail, Healthcare, Logistics and Energy.
Finally, Mr. Xiao concluded that Technology accelerated Industry Transformation through different parts of our life.
The second speaker was Mr. Samson Tai (IBM Distinguished Engineer, Chief Technologist, IBM Hong Kong) and his presentation was “Research & Business about Artificial Intelligence”. In the beginning, he introduced different application in AI such as Language Translation and Understanding, Speech Transcription, Machine Reasoning, Object Detection and Face Recognition, etc.
And then Mr. Tai mentioned the future of man and machine relation. He used IBM Watson as example to discuss the Soul Machine.
After that he discussed the future of Machine Intelligence. The foundation of AI is based on three elements and they are Data, Algorithms and Compute. He said the future is Quantum Computing. Computer logic was neither ‘1’ or ‘0’ status; but Quantum Computing has one more status as ‘0’+’1’. There had intersection of AI and Quantum Computing.
Ms. Chui (趙華偉) (Guangdong Smart City Solution, Huawei) was the third speaker and her presentation named “New ICT, opens Smart City's bright future” (新ICT, 開啟智慧城市美好未來).
Firstly, she introduced the background of Huawei which established since 1987. They had many staff over the world and had 14 research institutes in advance countries (e.g. RUSSIA & France) for product innovation.
Then she mentioned the vision of Huawei Smart City was Platform plus Ecosystem that Huawei provided the core technologies included high level infrastructure, resource integration, etc. Their technologies involved IoT, Neural Network for Smart City.
Dr. Simon See (Director and Chief Architect (Solution), Nvidia AI Tech Centre and Professor, SJTU, KWUTT) was the fourth speaker and his topic was “Modern AI changes to our life and business”.
Dr. See introduced different AI technologies that would redefine industry. Those AI technologies included Deep Learning, Generative Adversarial Network (GAN), Intelligent Machines, Self-Learning AI (e.g. DeepMind), etc.
After that Dr. See stated the trend in computing power of AI such as NVIDIA GPU Image Recognition using 6 days in 2012 changed to 18mins in 2018! The AI development workflow was briefed from Training Framework to Neural Network to Optimize using TensorRT to Plan to Validation.
Finally, Dr. See introduced the NVIDIA SDK which was a deep learning ecosystem for AI application.
Mr. Austin R Bryan (Senior Director – Innovation, CLP Holdings) was the last speaker and his topic entitled “CLP Innovation: Smart Energy – Connected Cities”. He briefed the CLP power generation sources and background of CLP to us.
And then Mr. Bryan mentioned their Energy Cloud Platform (Energy Cloud 4.0) which created values to users. He said it matched Hong Kong Smart City Blueprint.
Lastly, he pointed some opportunities on Energy Management in the Emerging Digital Energy Economy.
In discussion panel session, Mr. Peter Yeung (Senior Director, HKSTP) was the chair of this session and each speaker made a conclusion remark as follows.
Mr. Samson Tan (IBM) said to build AI Technology Culture and the key development was CBA (Cloud Computing, Big Data and AI).
Mr. Austin R Bryan (CLP) said to connect to Digital Ecomomy that could reduce cost and energy use.
Dr. Simon See (Nvidia) discussed to identify users’ pain points and generated more and more user cases.
Mr. Raymond Xiao (Alibaba) concluded data integration and big data could help industry transformation. We needed a data common layer.Ms. Chui (趙華偉) (Huewai) said open source platform (e.g. AI chip) was one of important factors for AI development.
At the end, Mr. Peter Yeung consolidated in to three key points below.
i) Individual user cases
ii) Value of data (Different organization look for different data)
iii) Technology (e.g. Quantum Computing)
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