The World Internet of Things Convention will be held in mid-November in Beijing.
Themed "Promoting the 5G Internet of Things World, Fostering a Global Smart Economy", the convention will feature discussion mainly on key issues, such as how to seize opportunities from the explosive growth of the IoT industry in the 5G era and the construction of new IoT markets, said He Xuming, chairman of the World Internet of Things Convention.
"From now on, we will focus on the IoT applications, applying the previous ideal IoT architecture model to actual daily lives and work production," He noted. "The convention aims to play a key role in leading global enterprises to transformation and embrace the new IoT economy."
He made the remarks on Thursday at a press conference in Beijing.
The convention will be co-organized by the China Information Industry Association, World Internet of Things Convention and the non-governmental organization Diplomatic Council.
Thousands of representatives from governments, business associations and enterprises from over 50 countries and regions will attend the meeting.
Several forums are planned during the conference, including topics related to smart economy, IoT industry, smart manufacturing, agriculture, culture and tourism, artificial intelligence, healthcare and logistics.
The convention also will release a list of the top 500 IoT enterprises in 2019, and will issue certificates for listed firms and outstanding shortlisted enterprises.
Specifically, several local governments will launch projects and investment promotion activities for the construction of the IoT economic demonstration zone during the convention.
So far, the World Internet of Things Convention has set up more than 30 branches and 40 investment services centers in regions that include Asia, Europe, Oceania and North America.
The US tech giant Microsoft seems to have finally unveiled the ambition behind its artificial intelligence robot Xiaoice, by announcing that its first-generation AI framework -- which enables Xiaoice to chat, sing songs and draw pictures -- will be made available to other companies.
The move is part of the US company's broader efforts to establish a foothold in building a platform to empower new generation AI-enabled human-machine interaction.
Xiaoice, which started as a chatting robot in 2014, has already been "talking" with more than 100 million users, published two collections of poetry, released and composed dozens of songs, as well as held a painting exhibition.
All these endeavors have helped it accumulate more than 5 million followers on a Chinese micro blog, as Microsoft continues to experiment with how AI can use emotional intelligence to serve as a companion for people and how AI can be used to upgrade traditional sectors.
Now Microsoft unveiled the Avatar Framework, the first AI tool kit developed by the Xiaoice team, in Beijing. The Avatar Framework kit can empower other companies to quickly have multiple AI capabilities on their products, such as functioning as an voice-activated AI assistant to control home appliances or smartphones, being a chatbot to accompany consumers, or singing songs, drawing pictures or designing clothing patterns, said Li Di, who is in charge of the development of Xiaoice at Microsoft's Search Technology Center in Asia.
"We want to build a platform to empower others to improve their AI capabilities," Li said.
In the past year, Xiaoice has already been functioning as a voice-activated virtual assistant in 450 million units of third-party smart hardware, including smartphones and smart speakers, through its partnership with Huawei Technologies Co, Xiaomi Corp and other companies, Microsoft said.
Li from Microsoft said: "We are building a half-open ecosystem where on one hand, we will help our partners build their own AI capabilities, such as voice-activated assistants. On the other hand, we will also incorporate Xiaoice into their products as an alternative assistant to ensure good experience."
The company announced last week that Xiaoice will soon be present in the smartphones of major Chinese handset makers Vivo and Oppo, the WeChat platform of Tencent, and the news service of Beijing Bytedance Technology Co Ltd.
Microsoft also said Xiaoice will be used in cars to offer voice-activated services after cooperating with major Japanese automakers for more two to three years.
The Chinese robot market has achieved a scale of $4.25 billion in the first half of 2019, introduced Huai Jinpeng, academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, on Tuesday during the 2019 World Robot Conference in Beijing.
The scale of Chinese robot market will achieve $8.68 billion in 2019 with a $5.73-billion scale of industrial robot, $2.2 billion of service robots and $750 million of robots for special purposes, according to the Report on Chinese Robotic Industry Development 2019 newly-published at the conference.
Compared to a 12.3-percent average growth rate of the world robot industry from 2014 to 2019 and an expected scale of $29.41 billion in 2019, the report shows the growth rate of China hit 20.9 percent in the same period.
The report indicates the Chinese robot market has been in rapid growth and its industrial robot market has been the world's largest application market for seven years straight.
As per the report, the Chinese market of service robots bears huge potential, and the application of robots for special purposes has also been expended significantly in China.
Statistics show the Chinese market scale of service robots in 2019 extended about 33.1 percent year-on-year, higher than the world's growth average. By 2021, as rapid development of robots designed for new application scenarios, including parking robots and supermarket robots, the service-robot market of China will hopefully approach $4 billion.
The report said the market of Chinese robots for special purposes enjoys fast growth and products of various models continue to emerge, thereby meeting demands in rescues during earthquakes, floods, mine accidents, fires and other public security incidents.
Huai Jinpeng said: "Innovative ability in new materials, core components, main control chips, machine learning and control algorithms have been the key elements and professional emphasis in the world's robot development competition."
"China deems breaking through key technology as a significant strategy. So far, Chinese enterprises have solved some problems in key components," the report said.
However, "Bottlenecks in basic research and key technology are still not solved. A well foundation shall be built up so as to accumulate potential capacity in solving problems that 'clutch the throat'," Huai said.
China will step up efforts to achieve breakthroughs in crucial robotics technologies and promote the use of industrial and service robots in plants and daily lives, the country's top industry regulator said on Tuesday.
Miao Wei, minister of industry and information technology, said the global robotics sector has seen slower growth this year due to the complex international environment.
"But as an important application of the new-round of technological revolution and its integration with manufacturing, robots remain the key driver for high-quality development. The sector will also achieve fast development in the future with expanding application scenarios and quick technological improvements," Miao added.
According to him, China will continue supporting the development of robotics and welcomes all players to share the future growth opportunities.
China has been the world's largest market for industrial robots for years. In 2018, over 148,000 industrial robots were produced in China, accounting for 38 percent of the global production volume, data from the ministry show.
But the production volumes are currently declining. In June, about 13,700 industrial robots were produced, marking a plummet of 11 percent year-on-year.
Ren Shunying, chief investment officer at Siasun Robot Investment Co Ltd, said the decline of China's industrial robots is partly the result of the automotive sector, which has been among the largest users of industrial robots in plants.
China's automotive market has seen a decline in sales this year.
"But as robots become increasingly smart with the help of artificial intelligence, the market for service robots will grow exponentially. The demand for companion robots and healthcare robots will be huge in the future, given China's growing pool of senior citizens," Ren said. According to him, robots will also see wider application in sectors featuring non-standard products.
The market size of China's robotics sector is expected to hit $8.68 billion this year, It will mark an average annual growth rate of 20.9 percent from 2014 to 2019, the Chinese Institute of Electronics forecast in a report.
Specifically, the market for industrial robots will be worth $5.73 billion this year, and the market for service robots will be worth $2.2 billion. The market size of robots for special use will be $750 million, the report added.
Despite trade frictions, China's semiconductor industry should remain open to international cooperation and make more efforts to contribute to the development of the sector which is highly globalized, company executives and analysts said.
Sun Yingtong, chairman of Nationz Technologies Inc, a major chip company in China, said: "Openness is the soul of the semiconductor industry. Despite the complicated international situation, we still need to have an open and inclusive mind. No matter what happens, we have to work hard to make ourselves leaders in technologies."
"Though trade disputes will temporarily boost the demand for domestic chips, it cuts Chinese companies' access to crucial chip design tools such as Electronics Design Automation."
According to him, trade frictions disrupt the chip industry chain, which is highly globalized. No country can thrive alone without the support of other countries.
A case in point is that US semiconductor companies rely heavily on the China market for growth. US chip giant Qualcomm Inc saw a 13-percent year-on-year decline in revenue in the second quarter of this year, due to poor performance in China, a market it relies on heavily.
Against such a backdrop, analysts suggest that the government and Chinese companies should take the opportunity to expand cooperation with South Korea and European countries.
"More efforts are needed to create a better business-friendly environment and make more friends with other countries," said Pan Jianyue, founding partner of SummitView Capital, a Chinese investment company.
Wang Xinzhe, chief economist at the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the country's top industry regulator, said on May 17 that the integrated circuit industry is highly internationalized. Its 60 years of development show that open cooperation and mutual benefit are not only the consensus of the global semiconductor industry but a must for industrial development.
The development of China's integrated circuit industry is inseparable from global cooperation and support; and the development of the global integrated circuit industry is also inseparable from China's active participation, Wang said.
According to him, new measures will be taken to strengthen the protection of intellectual property rights, and create a fair and transparent market environment for domestic and foreign-funded enterprises.
More efforts will also be made to attract global integrated circuit companies to China to build research and development, production and operation centers, to encourage more entrepreneurs and high-quality technical management teams to work in China, and share the opportunities brought by China's market potential, Wang said.