ETRI releases AI achievements at IFA 2019

Korea’s Electronic and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) presented some of its innovative advancements at the recent Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA), the world’s largest consumer electronics trade show.

ETRI researchers presented the latest Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies at the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA), the world’s largest trade fair for consumer electronics, which took place place in Berlin, Germany on 6 - 11 September.

The researchers showcased four technologies at the exhibition: a smart factory operation control system; Internet of media technology; a deep learning high-speed processing system; and AI motion analysis technology.

In addition, Dr Kim Hyun of the Smart Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Convergence Research Department presented a keynote presentation entitled ‘ICT-enabled smart factory’ at the IFA NEXT Innovation Engine.

Smart factory operation control system

ETRI’s smart factory operation control system can manage personalised manufacturing that uses 3D printers or robots. In particular, it can easily reconfigure the manufacturing line using modular design. In addition, it can manage the smart factory in real time or analyse the operational data using Internet of Things (IoT) sensors. 

This technology can be applied to sectors requiring customised flexible manufacturing. Furthermore, experimental products can be quickly produced for small and medium-sized businesses.

Internet of media technology

Internet of media technology verifies whether media, such as videos, photos and text, are safe and genuine by using Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology. AI is applied to collect information from various media contents to analyse the harmfulness and authenticity of the data. 

Last July, ETRI researchers developed a webhard illegal contents elimination system using this technology. By comparing the reported illegal videos and web hard posts using AI, the technology automatically detects the same illicit contents for elimination.

In the future, the technology can be used to create reliable media services by blocking harmful information.

Deep learning acceleration system

A huge amount of data is essential to increase the accuracy of deep learning. The Deep Learning Acceleration System is a distributed computing platform technology enabling computer clusters to learn a large, deep learning model at high speed. By applying this technology, deep learning training time can be reduced by up to 4 times without changing the existing models. Companies with data centres can develop a high-speed deep learning system using this technology.

AI motion analysis mechanism

AI motion analysis technology recognises user’s actions and behaviour. Aside from analysing dynamic and complex movements such as K-POP dances, this technology can also be used for effective posture correction by comparing an expert’s posture and learner’s posture, and providing an evaluation result. Motion-based educational contents, sports posture analysis and correction systems, and medical rehabilitation clinic service can be created using this technology.

“By participating in IFA 2019, we plan to carry out technology commercialisation and overseas marketing by releasing AI research achievements implemented by ETRI,” said ETRI President Myung-Joon Kim.

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