The Tech Trends Symposium 2019 continues to be the anchor event of Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition). Co-organised by the Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association (HKEIA) and the HKTDC, the Symposium examines latest trends and applications of advanced technologies in various industries and regions, giving a glimpse of where the Tech World is heading towards.Themed “Roadmap to the Future”, the not-to-be-missed Symposium gathers prominent industry leaders including ASM Pacific Technology, TUYA Global Inc., Arrow Electronics, NVIDIA, as well as top-notch research and university institutes to cover topics on Artificial Intelligence (A.I), Internet of Things (IoT), robotics technology, AR/VR and more.
In the morning session, titled “Looking Ahead: Tech Trend Forecast” invited professionals in smart factory and advance technologies including Mr Loo Wee Teck, Global Head of Consumer Electronics Research, Euromonitor International shared “Size Matters-Customer Experience Matters More”, Dr Gary Peter Widdowson, VP and General Product Manager, Advanced LED Display Group, ASM Pacific Technology Ltd. shared “Use of Smart Factory Automation In-line Solution”, Mr Jacky Wan, Vice President, Engineering–APAC, Arrow Electronics shared Advancing Electronic Gadgets: Data Age and Edge Computing” and Mr Alex Yang, Co-founder and COO, TUYA Global Inc. shared “Into the Era of A.I. and IoT”
Dr Gary Peter Widdowson, VP and General Product Manager, Advanced LED Display Group, ASM Pacific Technology Ltd. said, “Automation can improve efficiency, human workers have to rest, but robots don’t.” He mentioned the application rate of automation in factory is about 40%, most are automobiles and products with highly precise technology. He added the company will design a fully automatic LED production machine in the future. As long as the raw materials are placed in the machine, with high-precision and high-speed production processes by using different sensors and data to produce a LED screen in less than three hours.
In Panel Discussion and Q&A session, we have invited Prof. Norman C. Tien, Taikoo Professor of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Hong Kong as a moderator to discuss and summarize contents being shared in the morning session.
In the afternoon session, titled “Futures Realised: Technologies and Innovations in Arrays of Life”, it was highlighted how the most cutting-edge areas of technology − from augmented reality to artificial intelligence − are now being used to enhance our everyday lives. Some of the most talked-about innovations are now on the brink of effecting ground-breaking changes for the consumers they reach.
Autonomous driving is the future of our roads, but it’s going to take more than just robots in cars to get there. Charles Cheung, Deep Learning Solution Architect and Data Scientist at American technology company NVIDIA, outlined the incredible scale of data collection, analysis and testing that was required to make autonomous vehicles a reality.
“Actually, we cannot just put our AI model into the cars and let it run through the miles to wait for the result,” said Mr Cheung, explaining that it could take upwards of 500 years to acquire the necessary training to match a human’s performance of safely operating a vehicle. Instead, said Mr Cheung, his team developed NIVIDIA DRIVE Sim − simulation software that tests different scenarios and environments without the need for an actual road test in the real world.
By artificially building and manipulating the environment within which an autonomous driving model operates, the model becomes more intelligent, nimble, and safer for the individuals who will ride in the self-driving cars of tomorrow.