In recent years the Chinese research and development output has increased immensely. This is especially noticeable in the hard sciences such as physics, chemistry and maths. The priority sectors for research and development included in the 13th five-year plan (2016-2020) emphasises the role of technological innovation in the innovation-driven development strategy. Therefore, the need to invest in basic research and develop key technologies has become a priority.
Strategic areas such as ICT, energy technologies and materials, aviation and aerospace but also biomedicine and intelligent manufacturing are identified as important fields and are therefore prioritized. The aim is to substantially improve China’s innovation potential with the objective to enter the world’s top 15 innovative nations by 2020.
In July 2017 the State Council issued the “New Generation AI Development Plan”. The development of AI has become an important part of China’s strategy to realize their goal for innovation’s contribution to growth.
As the Chinese impact on the direction of research globally is increasing the understanding of the characteristics of the science behind the prioritized topics and the strategy implemented by the Chinese state Council is becoming increasingly important.
In this seminar IVA together with the Chinese Association of Science and Technology (CAST), has invited representative researchers both from the university sphere and the business sphere to present their work and also their views on the current research activities in China.
Prof Guo Huadong, in charge of China’s “Big Digital Earth Project” (2018-2023), member of Chinese Academy of Engineering and Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Mr Li Shipeng, vice President iFLYTEK a national key software enterprise dedicated to the research of intelligent speech and language technologies, and integration of E-government systems. iFLYTEK was listed in the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in 2008
Prof Xue Qikun, one of the top Chinese scientist, Vice President of Tsinghua University, member of Chinese Academy of Science.
Prof Gong Qihuang, Head of China’s National Lab for Mesoscopic Physics, Vice President of Peking University, member of Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Mr Ling Wen, President and Chief Executive Officer China Energy Investment Corporation. Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and China Energy Engineering Group.
Professor Cong Cao, Professor at Nottingham University Business School China. Areas of expertise include social studies of science, technology and innovation in China, particularly in China’s scientific elite.
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