10:47 | 24/04/2019 Science - Technology
(VEN) - Ho Chi Minh City is carrying out a master plan to create the best conditions for enterprises and investors in artificial intelligence (AI) research and application in order to develop a smart city. City leaders believe that with its economic potential, abundant human resources, numerous scientific and technological research centers, Vietnam’s largest city has appropriate conditions to set up an AI study center.
The southern metropolis seeks to transform itself into a smart city by 2020. The goal of this ambitious plan, launched in 2017, is to use scientific advances to solve problems such as rapid population growth, unsustainable economic growth, inadequate forecasting, planning and management, poor health, education and transport, pollution and weak public administration.
Since 2017, Ho Chi Minh City has applied AI technologies in a number of sectors to support its vision of a smart city, with implementation divided into three phases. The first phase (2017-2020) focuses on building the technological foundation that also includes data centers and open-source data, while the second phase (2020-2025) will focus on the launch of smart applications in specific areas. The third phase will be based on new visions for development.
However, the city lags behind other cities in the world in AI research and training due to a lack of experts, scientists and policymakers in this field, while training is limited by lack of funding. Despite concerted efforts, the city lacks a staff capable of accessing AI research at the global level and linkages between the state, enterprises, scientists and investors are also missing.
Nguyen Viet Dung, director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Science and Technology, said open-source data is essential for building a smart city and developing AI, requiring a legal framework for the use and management of its data.
Prof. Ho Tu Bao from the Vietnam Institute for Advanced Study in Mathematics said Ho Chi Minh City should build a digital infrastructure, adopt incentive policies to encourage enterprises to apply AI, and improve human resources in AI. It also needs to speed up development of e-government and build a data sharing system for the city, he added.
The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee is setting up a management board to develop and operate a master
program for coordination and research in AI. The board would gather scientists and researchers who will advise the
city on what it should study and invest in; who it should choose as strategic partners; and what aspects it should focus
on in the coming years.