Microsoft to Open its Largest AI and IoT Lab in Shanghai Soon

The Lab, to be located on the “AIsland” of Zhangjiang Science City in Pudong, will be the first-of-its-kind in Asian-Pacific Region.

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U.S. tech giant Microsoft will open its third and largest Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) Insider Lab in Shanghai.

The new facility, to be located on the “AIsland” of Zhangjiang Science City in Pudong, will be the first-of-its-kind in Asian-Pacific Region. Microsoft already has two such labs in Seattle and Munich.

Spread across 2,800 square metres, the new lab will be dedicated exclusively for research and development for AI and IoT. Through this lab, Microsoft aims to enhance deep integration of AI and IoT, and help digital transformation across industries including manufacturing, retail, healthcare, and the public sector.

The company has recently signed a memorandum of strategic cooperation with Shanghai’s Pudong New Area for development of the Lab, which is expected to open in April.

Roan Kang, vice president of Microsoft China, believes that the new lab will facilitate increased productivity for Chinese business. “China is the world’s largest IoT market, with great potential in deploying AI and IoT technologies,” he told Xinhua News Agency.

The lab will work with local enterprises and multinational companies to build prototypes through production, conduct technical training, provide go-to-market advisory, and deployment and scalability guidance, the company said.

Longjam Dineshwori

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