"SNG is putting a lot of effort into the layout of artificial intelligence. At present, SNG has excellent labs, audio and video labs, and quantum labs. "Tang Dao-sheng, senior executive vice president of Tencent Group and president of the Social Networking Group (SNG), said in his opening speech.
Tencent Senior Executive Vice President, Social Network Group (SNG) President Tang DaoSheng
On December 28, TSAIC academic & amp; industry exchange hosted by Tencent's Social Networking Group was held in the Tencent Marina Tower. More than 150 representatives from MIT, Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, Tsinghua University, CAS Institute of Technology, and Microsoft Research Institute Well-known domestic and foreign universities, research institutes scholars and researchers invited to participate. During the meeting, Zhang Shengyu, Head of Quantum Laboratory, Jia Jiaya, head of Utopia Laboratory, and head of audio and video laboratory, Liu Shan, made a speech at the head of Tencent's three major laboratories. Among them, the most attention may still be under construction in the quantum laboratory. First, what kind of scientific and technological achievements can quantum research bring. The second is how Tencent will use quantum capabilities to the company's business.
According to reports, Zhang Shengyu, a charge of quantum laboratory, graduated from Mathematics Department of Fudan University. He graduated from Department of Computer Science of Tsinghua University and studied under Professor Ying Ming-sheng. He graduated from computer science department of Princeton University with Professor Yao Zhizhi. After doing a postdoctoral research at Caltech following Prof. John Preskill, Prof. Alexei Kitaev and Prof. Leonard Schulman. Now Zhang Shengyu is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research interests include quantum computing, algorithmic design and computational complexity analysis, as well as basic research in artificial intelligence.
At the meeting, Zhang Shengyu made a speech on "Quantum Computation" and introduced the development history, current situation and physical realization of quantum computing as well as the discussion on the possibility of future development. At present, the development of quantum computing also faces many difficulties, and people are not very clear about the technology in the end can bring much power.
Zhang Sheng Yu, head of Quantum Labs
In Zhang Shengyu's opinion, quantum simulation is an interesting research direction. He believes that if we have a quantum computer, we can use this quantum computer to simulate the quantum system. This will greatly change the fundamental way in which mankind as a whole explores the micro-world and may in the future bring about different solutions to the problems of chemistry, materials, pharmaceuticals and the like. It is also possible to apply to other research areas, such as the field of information, research coding and decoding, channel capacity and other issues. Finally, quantum-related areas of machine learning and intelligence.
He also said that in the future the quantum applications of the quantum computer will indeed bring about subversive changes, but the quantum computer will not replace the classic computer. At least for the moment, many conditions are too demanding and expensive to implement. However, as of now, we can not see any inherent cross-border problems. Now all countries are investing, there are many companies to join. He believes that these forces will certainly push the quantum computer to its final realization. So in general, the future is very bright, but the road is very tortuous.
In addition to Quantum Laboratory, Tencent actually set up the Utopia Laboratory as early as 2012, and Dr. Jia Jaya, a tenured professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, joined the laboratory on May 15 this year. The research of Youku Laboratory mainly focuses on computer vision. At present, its AI technology has been applied in the areas of finance, Huangfen, security, medical care and government affairs. It has been widely applied in mobile QQ, QQ space, WeChat, GuangtongTong, in.
At this conference, Jia Jiaya brought "the cutting-edge technology of computer vision" to share and analyze the application scenarios. He believes that image understanding is a very painful thing. From 1970s to 2017, after more than 40 years of comparatively mature research methods, the ultimate goal of researchers is to hope that computers can achieve the same understanding as human beings. This goal is not certain But, "We want to slowly approach this goal to the ideal we want."
You Jia laboratory leader Ya Jia
In addition, Tencent audio and video laboratory to create another year earlier than the excellent laboratory. In May of this year, Tencent Audio and Video Labs launched a self-developed picture format TPG. Under the same quality premise, the file size generated by the TPG picture format is obviously smaller than that of the mainstream picture formats such as JPG / JPEG, PNG and GIF. Compared with Google Introduced WEBP format file size can be reduced by nearly 30%, in the world's leading level. This patented technology is also independently developed by Tencent Audio Video Lab based on AVS2 core. At present, audio and video lab has provided audio and video technical support and service for hundreds of products in the industry, such as QQ phone, Tencent cloud, enterprise WeChat, QQ space, K-Pop, Fast Hand, Betta fish, Tiger tooth, mushroom street and so on.
At the conference, Liu Shan, head of the audio and video lab, shared the history of technology introduction and international coding standards in the video codec field. She said that in recent years China's digital audio-video coding standardization working group (AVS) has done more The better, the more powerful, now is a force that can not be ignored.
Audio and video laboratory manager Liu Shan
According to Tang Dao-sheng introduction, the future of these three laboratories will further integrate technology to enrich the application of AI scenarios, using technology to enhance people's quality of life. At the same time, SNG is also actively expanding its technical team to further expand its reserve of technical personnel and continue to exert efforts in basic research and engineering of artificial intelligence. So, interested students can also choose a favorite laboratory to join.