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Naver Holds Global AI Workshop in Europe
Aiming to Become Global Leader in AI, Robotics
Naver Holds Global AI Workshop in Europe
  • By Michael Herh
  • December 2, 2019, 12:23
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Mini Cheetah in a demonstration at Naver Labs Europe

Naver is stepping up its efforts to become a global leader in artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics.

Naver announced on Dec. 1 that it held a global workshop, “AI for Robotics,” with 11 top-notch scholars in AI and robotics in Grenoble, France from Nov. 28-29 (local time). The participants discussed a future where AI and robots will naturally become part of everyday life. The workshop was hosted by Naver Labs Europe, Naver’s AI research institute.

Naver Labs CEO Seok Sang-ok introduced Naver’s technologies in robotics, autonomous driving, AI, and precision maps. Kim Sang-bae, a professor of the MIT and advisor to Naver Labs, shared design paradigms for physical intelligence, noting that service robots which will be used for home services such as health care and delivery for the elderly will need to have physical intelligence in order to physically interact with humans. .

Participants shared their latest knowledge and experience regarding solutions to various problems that robots face in real life and how to make robots interact naturally with humans and agreed to develop future robotics and AI technologies together.

The workshop also marked the starting point for Naver's efforts to build a global technology network. Naver announced the establishment of the Global AI Research Belt linking Europe and Asia in October to compete with the United States’ GAFA (Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple) and China's BATH (Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent and Huawei).