AIS&D Marks a Milestone Achievement in AI Development
成大人工智慧服務暨數據中心,結合核心 AI 技術打造創新未來
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        The launch of the AI service and data center (AIS&D) on December 26, 2017 confirms the position of National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) as a leader in the field of artificial intelligence. This latest development is the most recent in a proud history: in 1934, the students of the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering successfully built a counting robot; eighty-three years later, the establishment of the AIS&D is a bold declaration of the university’s ongoing commitment to AI research and applications. As the bellwether in the AI field, NCKU has further extended its reach by signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Tainan City Government regarding smart city development.

        At the opening ceremony, the AI self-driving car built by NCKU was exhibited outside the venue. With the exception of the auto-body, the creation of this vehicle, including all technologies and applications of artificial intelligence, comprising the sensory devices, judgment and decision-making, driving control, and systemic integration, was achieved by the NCKU-based multidisciplinary team. Vehicle dynamics will be tested at the Guiren campus next year. In commemoration of NCKU’s robotic achievements in 1934, the students of the Department of Mechanical Engineering created a voice-controlled counting robot using industrial waste, with the aim of counting the visitors to the anniversary exposition.

        AIS&D has allocated TWD 7 million dollars to the “super computer,” or NVIDIA DGX-1 GPU, which is targeted at the in-depth learning and accelerated analysis of artificial intelligence. Its computing performance equals that of 250 traditional servers, with a total bandwidth of

        DGX-1, and speed of 768GB per second.

        The AIS&D was founded to provide AI services and assistance to all departments of the university as well as conduct its own AI research through industry-government-academia collaboration and big-data analysis. Relevant curriculum will be provided in the near future.

        The R&D director, Sun-Yuan Hsieh, spoke of the three core missions of AIS&D. The center is intended first to provide support for the university’s AI research and development, including intelligent manufacturing, intelligent robots, intelligent aquaculture, and intelligent healthcare. Second, the AIS&D is initiating a collaborative project with Tainan City Government to address the issues of a smart city, digital governance, civil servants’ professional empowerment and big-data analysis. Third, the AIS&D will concentrate on using and analyzing the big data collected for NCKU’s smart campus, in order to improve the environment for both educational and research functions.

        The dean of EECS, Wei-Chou Hsu, pointed out that all the colleges of NCKU have been making concerted effort to employ artificial intelligence in various fields, such as intelligent manufacturing, self-driving cars, detection of mycobacterium tuberculosis, analysis of orchid breeding and greenhouse growing systems, long-term care robots, and financial technologies. In short, the AIS&D will not only reap academic results, but also offer valuable help to the industrial and public sectors.

        The president of NCKU, Huey-Jen Su, current acting mayor of Tainan, Meng-Yen Lee, and the abovementioned Sun-Yuan Hsieh, and Wei-Chou Hsu jointly participated in the opening ceremony of AIS&D. Shortly afterward, Su and Lee signed the MOU regarding smart-city development. Su stated that the founding of AIS&D serves as a gateway toward improved quality of life for the citizens of Tainan, as well as increased productivity in its industries. Lee stressed the transformative power of artificial intelligence, adding that the intended smart-city cooperation will likely lead to increased employment opportunities in Tainan.

        成大領先全國各大學成立「人工智慧服務暨數據中心(AI service and data center AIS&D)」。1934年校慶,成大機械系學生打造出一台計數機器人,跨越83年,2017年12月26日成大AIS&D揭牌,宣告全面性發展人工智慧相關研究與應用。成大在AI應用上不但擔任領頭羊角色,也與在地城市緊密結合,與台南市政府簽署合作備忘錄,共同發展智慧城市。

        會場外展示了全台第一輛,成大AI自駕車的原型車,車體國外進口,核心的AI技術與運用,包括感測處理、決策判斷、控制與趨動以及系統整合(判斷行人、車輛、找路等等),由成大電資學院、工學院、規劃與設計學院等跨領域團隊研發,目前相關系統已完備,預計明年第一、二季在成大歸仁校區進行動態測試,日後AIS&D更多的數據加入,自駕車將能辨視更多更複雜的環境。另外,成大研發的先進智慧型機器人,也示範瞄準目標、射箭等動作,過程流暢準確,展現出成大在機器人研發上的能量。

        成大AIS&D採購台灣第一部要價700萬元的NVIDIA DGX-1 GPU,是全球第一款專為深度學習以及人工智慧加速分析所打造的設備,具備全面整合的硬體、深度學習應用軟體、開發工具,可立即縮短資料處理時間、將更多資料視覺化、加速深度學習架構,以及設計更精密複雜的神經網路。其電腦的運算能力能處理「奈秒級」的演算,幾乎等同於用250臺x86伺服器而搭建的運算叢集規模,DGX-1的總傳輸頻寬,每秒最高可達768GB。

        20世紀前期,科學界開始發展機器人,成大1934年校慶時,機械工程系學生即使用機械工廠的廢料,打造一台「語音計數機器人」,用於計算校慶博覽會現場前來參與活動的人數。成大在21世紀成立AIS&D,不僅提供優質的AI教學與研究的軟硬體資源配置與服務,先進的設備外,也會聘用博士研究員、技術員等,協助各院系、產官學AI創新研究以及問題解決與大數據分析研究,未來還將提供相關的教育課程。

        研發長謝孫源表示,AIS&D有三項重要任務,第一是支援全校AI研發工作,發展成大的特色研究與國際接軌,如智慧製造、智慧機器人、智慧養殖、智慧醫療等等。也要與台南市政府密切合作,尤其是智慧城市、數位治理、公務人員專業增能與城市大數據分析等議題。第三是執行成大智慧校園計畫所蒐集來的巨量資料做進一步分析與再利用,改善師生教學研環境。

        電資學院院長許渭州指出,成大各學院都有跨領域應用人工智慧,如智慧製造、自駕車、檢測結核菌叢、蘭花育種分析與溫室培育系統、長照機器人、金融科技、人工智慧技術與服務等。成大擁有技術、師資亦完備,建立自有的AIS&D除了學術研究之外,還能夠協助產業界、政府部門發展AI技術與應用。目前各學校只要有高速運算的需求,都是向國家高速網與計算中心租用設備,但只限學術使用。

        成大蘇慧貞校長、台南市代理市長李孟諺、成大研發長謝孫源、電資學院院長許渭州等人共同主持「人工智慧服務暨數據中心」揭牌。隨後由蘇慧貞、台南市長李孟諺簽約,共同發展智慧城市。蘇慧貞表示,AIS&D的成立,代表開發出更多機會,也會有更多努力,為在地城市的進步、生活與產業帶來更好的發展。李孟諺指出,人工智慧翻轉未來,市政府與成大合作發展智慧城市,將為在地帶來更多的就業機會。