Beijing, 10th November, 2018 (BISTU)—North China Five Provinces Robot Contest, an annual event sponsored by education departments (commissions) of five provinces of North China, i.e., Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Shanxi, and Nei Mongol, and hosted by BISTU, welcomes thousands of spectators and guest at Xiaoying campus with the theme “smart, innovation, and service”. The Contest aims at facilitating science, technology and cultural exchange and cooperation among universities, deepening reform of talent cultivation, and enhancing the role of artificial intelligence and robotics in economic and social development. The opening ceremony is attended by Deputy Director Liu Xiao and Deputy Director Rong Yanning of Higher Education Department of Beijing Municipal Education Commission, Director Li Jinbi of Higher Education Division of Shanxi Provincial Education Department, Vice President Han Liqun of National Innovation Alliance of Smart Robots, organizing committee members, experts, and representatives of contestants and hosted by Vice President Xu Baojie.
On behalf of Education Commission of CPC Beijing Municipal Committee and Beijing Municipal Education Commission, Liu Xiao extends warmest congratulations for successful opening of the Contest. He points out that transformational effects would be posed upon future world and human society by robot with artificial intelligence. It is hoped that students of this field would actively participate in the great cause of possibly changing the future of the world. Beijing Municipality attaches great importance to innovative spirit and practical competence of all students and expects to improve quality of talent cultivation via various forms of contests. Also the Municipality will offer due support with the Contest to help more students and to enhance the role of the Contest in talent cultivation.
On behalf of the hosting organization, Chen Gang extends warmest welcome to all supervising leaders, honored guests and contestants and sincere thanks to faculties and students in preparing for, organizing, and participating in the Contest. Chen Gang points out that in a smart, innovative, greet future world, smart robots for sure will be a new point of economic growth for emerging industries and will reshape human life. He hopes that students will grow up to become intellectuals of frontiers of the times. We will work together to build a better life and to promote sustainable, fast-pace development of national economy by conducting research and application of robots. Says Chen Gang.
Han Liqun points out in her address that North China Five Provinces Robot Contest encourages students to apply theoretical knowledge to practice, guides college students to innovate and start their own businesses, and explores organic links between academic resources of universities and market capitals. It has far-reaching implications for cultivation of talents in a new era of robotics. She says that the Contest is aimed at serving as a stage for faculties and students of universities to show their talents and innovation achievements.
The Contest this year will be held in different venues of campuses of BISTU. All venues have been refurbished and faculties and students are enthusiastic about the Contest. On the early morning of the day, contestants of various venues have arrived and started preparations for their competitions.
The Contest sets 7 categories containing 14 items, which accommodate 87 universities from the five provinces and Taiwan area. Themed on “Smart, Innovation, Service”, the Contest aims at facilitating innovative competence of students and marketization of works. Items of the Contest are set to: carry forward the excellent traditional culture of Chinese nation, explore the possibility of robotic art competition (including team dancing and calligraphy), establish sections for robotic service (home service and logistics service), observe competences of robots in positioning, navigation, averting barriers, identifying objects and transportation, and promote service robot to enter everyday life. Other items are also focusing on frontier development of robotic technology so as to cultivate students’ competence in science and technology innovation. To encourage contestants to conduct in-depth practice in innovation and entrepreneurship, teams who win first prizes or higher prizes would be accommodated by Innovation and Entrepreneurship Workshop in Robot Engineering of BISTU.