Driving AI growth in Malaysia

Driving AI growth in Malaysia

By Chok Suat Ling
April 26, 2019 @ 4:31pm
New Straits Times

BEIJING: Getting a firsthand look at Chinese technological advancements is high on the prime minister’s agenda during his working visit here.

Today, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad toured the world’s biggest and most valuable artificial intelligence (AI) startup, SenseTime Group Ltd, a day after visiting Huawei, also in Zhongguancun, Beijing’s tech hub.

He was shown the latest AI technologies and its application in facial recognition, safe city solutions, autonomous driving technology, remote sensing and other key focus areas.

SenseTime is looking at setting up the first AI park in Malaysia, aimed at helping local tech businesses develop robots, speech recognition, and foster tech talent.

A statement said that SenseTime, together with Malaysian tech company, G3 Global Berhad, has entered into a strategic collaboration to set up the park with China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd. (CHEC)

According to the statement, G3 will, under the collaboration, primarily be involved in facilitating and coordinating the establishment of the AI park.

SenseTime will provide its industry expertise and technological support particularly on facial and object recognition. It will also assist in the development and deployment of training syllabus for universities, colleges and schools.

CHEC will provide its expertise in infrastructure engineering and construction.

Professor Xiao’ou Tang, SenseTime founder and Professor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, in the statement, said that the company was looking forward to working with the Malaysian government, academia and business sectors to bring its technological expertise and experience to Malaysia.

Dr Mahathir was briefed about the AI Park during his visit.

The four-year-old SenseTime’s image-identifying algorithms have led it to contracts with top phone makers and telecommunications companies. Various Chinese police departments use its systems to analyse security footage and detain suspects.

Beyond spotting faces in a crowd, SenseTime’s long-term goal is to put its technology at the core of image recognition everywhere, from security and shopping systems to personal ID services that work by scanning faces.

In doing so, SenseTime has become China’s largest AI algorithm provider.

The company currently has offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Kyoto, Tokyo and Singapore.