G3, partners to invest RM4 billion in AI park


Mahathir (second left) is seen with (from left) Wan Khalik, Tang and Lin during the PM’s visit to Sensetime’s offices in Beijing.

KUCHING: In conjunction with second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, Beijing 2019, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad led the Malaysian delegation to SenseTime’s Beijing office.

During the visit, Tun Mahathir and his ministerial officials visited SenseTime Artificial Intelligence Demonstration area where they got a first-hand experience of the latest AI technologies and its application in Safe City Solutions, Autonomous Driving Technology, Remote Sensing and other key focus areas.

Following to the visit, G3 Global Bhd (G3), SenseTime Group Ltd (SenseTime) and China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd (CHEC) have entered into a strategic collaboration to establish the first artificial intelligence (AI) park in Malaysia.

The park will serve as the platform for the development of AI solutions in the areas of computer vision, speech recognition, natural language and humanoid/robotics. Ultimately, the park will be a regional epicentre for the development of technology and talent, data management, research and development and commercial ecosystem.

In this collaboration, G3 will primarily be involved in facilitating and coordinating the establishment of AI park while forming partnerships and collaboration with various stakeholders from government agencies, universities, enterprises to multinational corporations.

SenseTime on the other hand, will build supercomputing and AI platform for research and cloud services besides providing its industry expertise and technological support particularly on facial and object recognition.

It will also be assisting in the development and deployment of training syllabus for universities, colleges and schools. CHEC will provide its expertise in infrastructure engineering and construction services.

The strategic collaboration was signed between G3 executive chairman Wan Khalik Wan Muhammad, Asia-Pacific Business Group of Sensetime president Jeff Shi nand CHEC chairman Lin Yi Chong.

This tripartite collaboration signifies Malaysia’s determination in driving constant innovation and forward thinking in AI and big data technologies, driving Malaysia to be one of the AI hubs in Asia.

“As we are living in the digital age, it is vital for all industry players to integrate Industry 4.0 technologies such as AI and big data into their day-to-day operations.

“For that to happen, AI park will serve as the main hub for industry players and talents to be trained on AI and machine learning with cutting-edge facilities and physical infrastructure for education, training, research, development and deployment.

“With the AI park, I believe Malaysia will be a step closer in realizing the vision to be ranked within the top 30 of the Global Innovation Index ranks by 2025,” said G3 executive chairman Wan Khalik Wan Muhammad.

Sharing the same sentiment, Professor Xiao’ou Tang, Founder of SenseTime and Professor of Chinese University of Hong Kong said “With advanced AI technology and extensive business experience, SenseTime is honoured to be part of Malaysia’s new journey.

“We look forward to working together with Malaysian government, academia and business sectors, bringing our technological expertise and experience to Malaysia and build a better world with AI technology.”

Joining the visit was Dato’ Ng Wan Peng, Chief Operating Officer of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC). She said, “The demonstration we saw earlier is a great example of AI’s huge potential in Malaysia.