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ITRI starts operation of AIdea
Chloe Liao, Taipei; Adam Hwang, DIGITIMES

Taiwan government-sponsored Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) has kicked off operation of AIdea, a platform for developing AI (artifical intelligence) solutions to enterprises' problems, according to Yu Shiaw-shian, ITRI senior vice president and general director for Computational Intelligence Technology Center.

AIdea first allows enterprises to present operational problems and related data. Sensitive information such as product names will be deleted from the data to protect business secrets. The data will be made available on the platform for open use by academic and research organizations to build models or develop algorithms that form AI solutions to the specific problems.

AIdea plays the role of collecting industries' operational problems and related data and matching them with academic and research organizations' capability of developing AI solutions, Yu said. Enterprises are required to present a certain level of accumulated data on their operation because AI is based on big data analysis, Yu noted, adding the richer the data, the more likely AI can be applied.

AIdea's main target users are small- to medium-size enterprises, Yu noted.

As Taiwan has well developed medical care systems and a comprehensive national health insurance database, it offers good opportunities for developing AI technologies for medical care, such as precision medicine, Yu indicated.

Several local enterprises or organizations have participated in AIdea, including Taipei Medical University, Taiwan Taxi, China Petrochemical Development and Asustek Computer.

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