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World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) 2018

As the key driver of the new industrial revolution, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has a profound impact on the world economy, social progress and people's daily life. To respond to the call from the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China — "the Internet, big data and AI technologies must power the real economy in order to support the national innovation-driven strategy, help China embrace the new global technological revolution and industrial transformation" — and support Shanghai's global science-and-technology center building, Shanghai will host a global high-level AI conference, which will also serve as the world's premium AI cooperation and communication platform, to enable Shanghai's leading role in the coordinated development of AI industries and technological innovations.

Themed on "A NEW ERA EMPOWERED BY ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE", this conference is featuring "globalization, sophistication, specialization and marketization". It will be a platform for ideas to converge and partnerships to blossom, where the world's most influential AI scientists, entrepreneurs and government officials will get together to deliver speeches and engage in high-level dialogues on leading AI technologies and trends as well as focuses of the AI industry. On this platform, the most prominent figures will share their thoughts, and the most cutting-edge technologies, products, applications and ideas will be presented, and some "Chinese solutions" combined with "world wisdom" will emerge, targeting some challenges shared by the entire humanity.

1) Basic Facts of the Conference
Name: World Artificial Intelligence Conference 2018
Dates: September 17th-19th, 2018
Venue: West Bund, Xuhui, Shanghai, China
Organizers: National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Cyberspace Administration of China, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chinese Academy of Engineering, and Shanghai Municipal People's Government
2) Conference Format

The conference will feature a Main Forum, several Thematic Forums, a series of Innovation Competitions, and the whole venue will be dotted by multiple Experiential Hotspots and Exhibitions.


THE MAIN FORUM consists of the opening ceremony and the plenary session. The opening ceremony will feature speeches delivered by important political figures, academics, and entrepreneurs, while the plenary session will dive deeper into all the key topics of the conference.
THE THEMATIC FORUMS will focus on deep discussions on the current development of AI technologies and the AI industry from the technological, industrial and application perspectives. Here you will find themes on brain-machine integration, AI algorithms, AI frameworks & platforms, smart chips, big data, smart images, smart voices, smart driving, financing and investment, to name a few. In addition, there will be corporate forums held by leading domestic and international enterprises.
THE INNOVATION COMPETITIONS will feature key application scenarios and will produce final winners, which are AI products and solutions that will define the latest development of the industry. These competitions are expected to encourage the whole society to embrace entrepreneurial spirits and innovations.
THE POP-UP EXPERIENTIAL HOTSPOTS AND EXHIBITIONS will feature the most fascinating smart AI experiences and solutions inside the Main Forum area and the AI Park, wherever the space allows.


3) The Conference Timetable
The Main Forum
The Opening Ceremony: morning of September 17th.
The Plenary Session: afternoon of September 17th.
The Thematic Forums
September 18th and 19th.
Innovation Competitions
enter the final round before September 17th.

Experiential Hotspots and Exhibitions
from September 17th to 23th.

See more information at official website: http://www.waic2018.com/index-en.html