Malaysians shine at international AI championship

AFTER 9 months of intense work, a staff of Malaysian college students emerged international champions on the Atos IT Challenge 2020.

Team PestKillerBot stood out amongst groups from 27 nations, together with Germany, China, France, India and the United Kingdom (UK).

The staff from Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) contains Loo Chee Hin (staff chief), Andrew Chung Hui Yue, Yong Ee Ren, and Yeo Khang Hsien – college students of the Intelligent Systems and Cloud Computing programmes at APU.

They walked away with 10,000 euro (RM48,600), and every scholar was provided the chance both to finish an internship at Atos or to work along with the corporate to develop their mission.

This is the ninth instalment of the Atos IT Challenge – a global competitors organised by Atos to empower college students from world wide to develop purposes linked to main developments within the digital revolution.

This yr, the theme of the competitors was “Cooperative Artificial Intelligence”. Participating groups have been required to develop real-world options utilizing machine studying applied sciences.

The college students got here up with an modern idea of enhancing floriculture utilizing cooperative synthetic intelligence (AI) know-how and pest-killing drones.

Their mission, the PestKillerBot, is an easy-to-use utility that eliminates pests in floricultural fields utilizing drones that carry out pest management and information assortment by means of cooperative AI know-how.

It took them 9 months to develop a drone prototype with a 3D printer and a number of other elements.

Each shortlisted staff was coached and mentored by Atos employees worldwide. The staff from APU have been guided by Atos UK & Ireland consumer innovation head Andy Wallace.

“The topic of Cooperative Artificial Intelligence was a challenging one, made more so by the global lockdown caused by Covid-19.

“The team from APU worked tirelessly to produce a superb application that wowed the judges and secured them the first place, ahead of excellent teams from prestigious universities in Croatia and Mexico,” mentioned Wallace.

The competitors’s first runner-up was Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores Monterrey, Mexico, whereas Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Croatia, walked away the second runner-up.

A Special Jury Prize was awarded to Loughborough University, United Kingdom.

APIIT Education Group chief government officer Datuk Parmjit Singh congratulated the staff for his or her “tremendous achievement”.

“We are proud of the team, who has managed to outperform other teams worldwide, despite the current circumstances due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“This has placed Malaysia on the global technology map, and we have again proven that our students are highly capable of competing with IT talents around the world,” he added.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a Digital Awards Ceremony was held nearly by way of a reside telecast aired from Paris, France.

“Every difficulty makes up the steps to climb the stairs of success. We are glad that we didn’t give up and gave ourselves a try to climb to the top.

“Our team has worked hard and we are overwhelmed that we brought pride to Malaysia. Malaysia Boleh!” mentioned Chee Hin through the ceremony.


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