The Super AI Leader Award (SAIL Award) winners this year were announced at the 2019 World Artificial Intelligence Conference, with tech leaders Huawei, iFlytek, Watrix and Alibaba to top the list.
The SAIL Award was launched on June 25 to recognize and reward outstanding breakthroughs produced by trailblazers in the fields of AI, machine learning and data science. The winners of the SAIL Award, judged by their design, service, creativity and originality, depict ingenious and innovative AI game changes that set fresh industry benchmarks.
Considered in China’s tech circles as the country’s Oscars in the AI universe, the SAIL Award is WAIC’s largest recognition mark and, in an attempt to accelerate the transformation of Shanghai’s tech ecosystem, is part of an attempt to link sectors and research centres to innovation and artificial intelligence applications. The prize also serves to attract worldwide think tanks and tech giants to create town centres for innovation and expand the pool of skilled and creative individuals in the worldwide tech centre, home to many leading entrepreneurs and innovators.
The awards were selected for the four categories based on their contributions and achievements in specific areas:
- Huawei’s Kirin 980 and 810 7 nm chips in Superior Award (social welfare)
- iFlytek’s next-gen translation technology in Applicative Award (social effectiveness)
- Watrix’s long-range gait recognition technology Innovative Award (leading technology)
- The smart computing platform of Alibaba based on mega-scale neural graph networks Leading Award (groundbreaking theory)
The award nominations were assessed by AI community specialists who established the judging panel composed of academics from both the Chinese Academy of Engineering and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, industry officials, senior university scholars and international study organizations.
Top AI-related innovations covering cutting-edge studies, innovative techniques and powerful AI applications emerged as winners after almost 700 projects were reviewed, with 10% of participating projects coming from Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom, Israel, New Zealand, Australia and Singapore. Two-thirds of the submissions focused on AI applications spanning the financial, transportation, healthcare, and education sectors, with one-third being technological solutions for chips, algorithms, and AI platforms, with priority set on social benefits.