Microsoft establishes AI research centers in Shanghai

Microsoft is establishing a Microsoft Research Asia facility and AI innovation center in Shanghai's Xuhui district (Image Microsoft)

Microsoft has has established a new research center and AI innovation centerin Shanghai in collaboration with the city's Xuhui District People's Government and state-owned smart city solutions company INSEA Group.

The new Microsoft Research Asia-Shanghai and the Microsoft-INESA AI Innovation Center will focus on promoting the development of AI technology and the growth of the AI industry in Shanghai.

Based in Xuhui District, the city's technology innovation corridor, the new facilities will seek to drive the digital transformation of government and enterprises in China.

The Microsoft-INSEA AI Innovation Center will support joint research activities and projects between Microsoft Research Asia-Shanghai and INESA in the field of AI.

The center will provide local companies with AI R&D platform services and training support based on Microsoft technologies. It will not have profit as a main goal.

Meanwhile Microsoft Research Asia-Shanghai will seek to transform research from Microsoft Asia into commercial products, and to demonstrate applications for these technologies in Shanghai.

“Digital transformation led by cutting-edge technologies such as AI is starting a new industrial revolution globally, and China has become the most innovative and dynamic market in the world today,” Microsoft EVP for AI and research Dr Harry Shum said.

“With the opportunities brought about by digital transformation, Shanghai has leveraged its advantages and developed a clear plan for AI advancement. The city has created an ideal developmental environment and policy that support technology innovation and talent cultivation as well as the enablement of many compelling AI projects.”

Founded in Beijing in 1998, Microsoft Research Asia is Microsoft’s largest research institute outside of the US. The Microsoft subsidiary is focused on next generation revolutionary technologies as well as future computing research and ideas.