By Yongzhe Hong
Nov 28, 2017
We would like to thank the generous sponsorship from Barry Bian (TD Wealth Financial Planner).
Ms. Wei Han, Director of Institute Collaboration of Tusholdings Co. and Deputy General Manager of TusStar Business Incubator visited Edmonton with a delegation of Tusholdings and interacted with Chinese Immigrants and students on Nov 22, 2017. This event was organized by AlbertaAI Association, University of Alberta Chinese Graduate Students’ Club (UA – CGSC), Edmonton IT Club (EITC) and Tsinghua Alumni Association of Edmonton (TAAE). There were more than 70 people attended this event.
At the beginning, Frank Wang, the VP-External of AlbertaAI and president of TAAE introduced the main event organizer—AlbertaAI, which is a new non-profit and non-government organization founded by a group of passionate volunteers. This organization is dedicated to contribute to Alberta’s AI eco-system and connect Alberta AI community to the world.
Then, Ms. Han introduced the global innovation network of TusStar business incubator, early investment, eco-system for innovation and entrepreneurship, starting a business in China for oversea talents. Tusholdings is a large comprehensive enterprise strongly supported by Tsinghua University. TusStar, as the flagship company known for its innovative incubation and investment business, was named “Top 10 incubator in China” in 2014. The four-in-one platform of TusStar provides incubation service, open platform, training program and early investment. TusStar not only has established incubator bases in more than 60 cities in China, but also has global SciTech innovation net in 12 countries over 6 continents, greatly reduce the difficulty of overseas development for start-ups. It is worth mentioning that in this June, TusStar has officially opened a branch company in Edmonton, Alberta.
Working together with the Edmonton local business incubator “TEC Edmonton”, the two will establish an innovation fund to invest excellent companies. Ms. Han also introduced the AI innovation Centre in Shanghai, China. This innovation Centre will provide corresponding support for start-ups, including financial, legal, patent, tax and other aspects of professional services.
In next round, three founders of business projects in the field of AI briefly introduced their project. Dr. Lihang Ying, the president of AlbertaAI introduced a location based instant smart notification app— Boardee, in which he is a cofounder. It is dedicated to the mission of aggregating location-oriented information, understanding personal contextual interests and pushing the right information on the right location and time.
Following that, Dr. Ming Dong shared his project of an infrastructure management platform. This cloud computing products can provide intuitive, convenient, visual equipment health and risk assessment, and provide professional advice for the equipment maintenance, replacement and the selection of specific type.
Finally, Liming Zhang introduced a cross-border mobile payment platform project. This platform is now the authorized partners of Wechat pay and Alipay. In addition, it can also provide information display and shopping platform for Chinese tourists travelling in Canada.
Close to the end of the event, Tusholdings delegation interacted with the audiences and answered questions from them. Today, several audiences drove more than 300 kilometers from Calgary just for this event. The chief operation officer of TusStar Edmonton Branch Company Lixin Liu and TEC Edmonton director Lan Tan also attended today’s event.
The “intelligent transportation, smart cities and autonomous driving” lecture was successfully held at the University of Alberta at NRE 2-001 on Oct 21, 2017.
About 80 participants attended this event. Zhijun Qiu (University of Alberta tenure professor), Lihang Ying (AlbertaAI President), Lixin Liu (TusStar Alberta COO) and Yuxi Li (reinforcement learning experts) gave the fabulous talks and answer the questions from the audiences. AlbertaAI VP-External Yifei Wang hosted this event. University of Alberta Chinese Graduate Students’ Club (UA – CGSC), Edmonton IT Club (EITC) and Tsinghua Alumni Association of Edmonton (TAAE) are the co-organizer of this event.
Prof. Zhijun Qiu shared his insight of the status quo and progress of artificial intelligence, intelligent car and transportation. He also touched on the commercialization and Alibaba’s “City brain” project during the speech.
Prof. Qiu pointed out that artificial intelligence (computer technology) and the Internet of things (sensor technology, communication technology and microelectronic technology), are similar to the relationship between the brain and body. Currently, the vast majority of commercialized applications are “Pseudo artificial intelligence”, because the quantity and quality of data is not enough, the ratio of IT giants and startups focusing on AI is too low. The biggest advantage of artificial intelligence is “iteration”, the core value is derived from the data iteration, the algorithmic iteration, the iteration of application.
Then Dr. Ying gave the talk on “autonomous driving, implementation and open sources resources”, including Level 0 to 5 automatic grading system and the basic software and hardware of realizing autonomous driving. Dr Ying illustrated the Tesla Autopilot, which is based on radar, ultrasonic, camera sensor hardware, and the method and code implementation of using all kinds of data from sensor trained with deep learning model. He particularly demonstrated open source project OpenPilot, which has been implemented in cars from Acura, Civic. In the end, he touched on the StreetDrone (a self-driving car that develop the algorithm automatically) and the online self-driving certificate(can be obtained through the course in Udacity).
Mr. Liu, the Chief Operating Officer of TusStar Alberta, introduced the profile of TusStar. Liu described the business layout and achievement in expanding incubation network in China and the globe of the Tusholdings Co. Ltd. (a large integrated enterprise established in reliance on Tsinghua University) and its subsidiary corporation TusStar (an advanced Incubation Service Institution). The vision of TusStar Alberta which was established recently in May, 2017 is becoming a professional incubator focus on Alberta’s startup and investment.
Finally, Dr. Yuxi Li joined the panel discussion with the other three guest speakers. All the questions asked by enthusiastic audiences were answered. Noticeably, two of the audiences came all the way from Calgary after about 400 kilometers of driving only for this event!