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Huawei signs AI research agreement with UC Berkeley

The Chinese vendor will provide funding for AI research through its Noah’s Ark Lab

Chinese ICT services provider Huawei has entered a strategic partnership with the University of California–Berkeley to carry out basic research into artificial intelligence (AI).

Under the partnership, Huawei will provide a $1 million to UC Berkeley for research into many subjects of interest in AI, including deep learning, reinforcement learning, machine learning, natural language processing and computer vision.

The agreement will be implemented through cooperation between Huawei’s Noah’s Ark Laboratory and the Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research (BAIR) Lab.

UC Berkeley’s BAIR Lab focuses on computer vision, machine learning, natural language processing, robotics and research planning.

Meanwhile, the Noah’s Ark Laboratory is Huawei’s research unit dedicated to AI, machine learning and data mining. Founded four years ago, the laboratory has developed several technologies for deep learning, telecom big data analytics, telecom network control, flow data mining and image data mining. These technologies have been used in Huawei’s smartphones, telecommunications networks, cloud computing products and services.

Smart meters shipments in Europe to reach 27.6 million units in 2018

Berg Insight, a Swedish research firm which specializes in IoT and M2M, forecasts that annual shipments of smart electricity meters in Europe will reach 27.6 million units in 2018.

Shipments of smart meters in Europe this year are expected to reach 13.5 million units, according to the research firm.

Berg Insight also said that the peak of annual shipments in the range of 25–30 million units per year will be sustained until the end of the decade.

“The European smart meter market benefits from two concurrent positive developments at the same time”, Berg Insight’s senior analyst Tobias Ryberg, said. “Firstly, the long-anticipated mass-rollouts in France and the UK are finally getting underway. Secondly, Enel is on the verge of launching the second wave of smart meter deployments in Italy as the first generation devices reach the end of their technical lifespan of 12–15 years”.

The report also identifies Austria, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania and Spain as other key markets for smart meters in the coming years.

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