12 February 2019
A report by the world intellectual property organisation has revealed that China, Japan and South Korea are making remarkable progress in Artificial Intelligence (AI) research. The report covers areas such as machine learning, speech learning, telecommunications and transportation. Research in AI is booming reflected in a massive increase in publications, inventions and patents. Machine learning, computer vision and robotics are growing strongly. Private companies are in the lead for AI patenting activity led by IBM, followed by Microsoft, Toshiba, Samsung and NEC. The State Grid Corporation of China has just entered the top twenty for AI patent filings.
Universities and public research centres also make a significant contribution and here Chinese institutions are dominant. The Chinese Academy of Sciences is in first place followed by the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute of South Korea.
The top 500 patent applicants include 167 universities of which 110 are Chinese, while 20 are in the USA, 19 in South Korea, four in Europe and four in Japan.
The leading universities for a variety of AI techniques and functional applications are the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xidian University, Beijing University of Technology, Tsinghua University, and Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. The US universities that perform best include Columbia, MIT and the University of California system.