Vietnam seeks AI training and investment

15:16 | 04/10/2018 Science - Technology

(VEN) - At the Vietnam Artificial Intelligence Workshop 2018, more than 100 experts from world-leading universities and research institutes in the US, Japan, Canada, Australia and France made suggestions to help Vietnam promote AI development.

vietnam seeks ai training and investment

Participants at the workshop, held recently by the Ministry of Science and Technology in Hanoi, discussed the existing condition of AI in Vietnam, the latest AI and blockchain advances, and AI opportunities.

Dr. Bui Hai Hung, a researcher from Google DeepMind (USA), said AI advances of the past decade could create comprehensive changes in global industries and services, from healthcare to energy. For example, computers can understand what people say and identify objects by “seeing” them.

Dr. Bui Hai Hung believes the AI laboratories established so far in Vietnam, such as those of FPT and Zalo, are a good start. However, training in the field of AI remains limited due to lack of budgets, and so state and business investment is required in this field. “Although Vietnam has paid great attention to AI applications, it still lacks a staff capable of accessing AI research at a global level,” Dr. Bui Hai Hung said.

Sharing this opinion, Dr. Le Viet Quoc from Google Brain said image recognition, voice recognition and natural language processing are the most outstanding current AI technologies. In his view, Vietnam should focus investment on human resource training, building an open-source database, and creating linkages between Vietnamese universities and global intellectual resources.

Dr. Nguyen Van Nhu from BrickIn’Up, a French company, believes AI provides Vietnam with both opportunities and challenges. In his opinion, Vietnam still lacks highly qualified human resources, as well as contributions of world-leading Vietnamese experts in AI. Therefore, he suggested, Vietnam should make the most of its advantages and creativity in basic sciences to learn from the experiences of other countries in this field.

Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Bui The Duy affirmed that those involved in AI research, development and application, both in Vietnam and abroad, receive great support from the Communist Party, the state, ministries and sectors, as well as major domestic groups, such as Viettel, VNPT and FPT. The Ministry of Science and Technology wishes to establish AI research and development teams and encourages scientists to combine their strength to build a strong AI network in Vietnam, he said.

Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Bui The Duy: The year 2018 offers the Vietnamese AI community many

opportunities to meet and share their ideas. AI is spreading rapidly in Vietnam and will be applied in different fields.

Quynh Nga