Microsoft China Sets Up World’s Largest AI and IoT Lab in Shanghai

Microsoft’s largest artificial intelligence (AI) and IoT lab in the world has settled in Zhangjiang, Shanghai.

On the morning of Jan. 16,the district government of Pudong New Area and Microsoft (China) signed a strategic cooperation Memorandum of Understanding. During the same ceremony, Microsoft (China)’s AI and IoT Lab also entered a partnership with Zhang Jiang Group.

The lab has settled on the artificial intelligent island in Zhangjiang, Shanghai, which covers an area of 100,000 square meters and focuses on AI, big data, cloud computing, block chains, virtual reality, and augmented reality industries.

The AI lab is scheduled to officially begin operation in April this year, and is Microsoft’s largest artificial intelligence and IoT lab to date.

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The lab is a global R&D organization dedicated to the R&D and industrialization of AI and IoT solutions, as well as applications to assist IoT companies in developing their own products and solutions.

The cooperation will make full use of Zhangjiang’s strong scientific research resources and use Microsoft’s AI and IoT labs as supporting carriers to promote the integration and digital transformation of enterprises.

Pudong New Area is a 522km squared area with industrial parks, skyscrapers, billion-dollar auto and steel plants, foreign factories, and housing developments. There are separate zones for individual fields such as finance (Luijazui), high tech development (Zhangjiang), export processing (Jinqiao) and trade (Waigaoqiao).

Shanghai Zhangjiang Group Co., Ltd. is a company that develops and operates high-tech zones. Its facilities include office buildings, residential buildings, as well as education and shopping spaces. Founded in 1992, the company serves hi-tech and small-medium sized innovative enterprises.

Featured photo credit to Huang Riyue