Satallite of NetSci-X 2018

AI in Urban Life

Jan 5-8, 2018

Swarma Club

Hangzhou, China


The mysterious power modern artificial intelligence (AI) demonstrated in competing to beat top human players in chess and go, is also exploited to make urban life more convenient, less stressful and more enjoyable. Techniques including complex network analysis and artificial neural networks have been applied to trip planning, weather forcasting, autor-driving car designing, regional development, and medical diagnosis. The "AI in Urban Life" satellite conference of NetSCIX2018, organized by one of the largest non-government scientific associations in China, Swarma Club, aims to bridge the gap between industry and academia, and to create an opportunity for scientists across disciplines to exchange notes on their practices in applying AI techniques to serve for a better urban life.


Swarma Club, formally initiated in 2008, is one of the largest non-government scientific associations in China. Our vision is to build up an "institute without boundaries" that serves for interdisciplinary collaboration and open, accessible sciences.

We are Swarma Club, a Beijing-based and globally distributed network for junior Chinese scientists. Our vision is open, interdisciplinary sciences outside the college boundaries. It took ten years for us to evolve into one of the largest independent, nonprofit research networks in China. Our members have published a variety of teamwork in prestidge journals and conferences, including Physical Review Letters and International Conference on Computer Vision, collectively contributed to two books on AI, and are leading several start-ups, including auto-driving software company Momenta (A Round $500 million in 2016, B Round $4600 million in 2017) founded by Xudong Chao, and weather predicting service Color Cloud (Angel Round $50 million in 2014, $600 million in 2017) founded by Xingyuan Yuan. With the financial support from Kaifeng Foundation, we have hosted two summer workshops and conferences on "Geometry and Statistical Learning" in 2016 and 2017, among dozens of meet-ups on machine learning and complext networks per year.


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tba tba Research Staff Member, AI Foundations Lab, IBM Research
Xudong Cao Xingyuan Yuan Jiang Zhang
Momenta (Co-Founder & CEO) Colorful Cloud (CEO) SWARMA Club (Founder), Beijing Normal University (Professor)
Lingfei Wu Lei Dong Cheng-Jun Wang
Department of Sociology, the University of Chicago School of Architecture, Tsinghua University School of Journalism & Communication, Nanjing University (Associate Professor)


Room: tba, Hangzhou Normal University

Time Speakers/Presenter Events
13:50 - 14:00 Jiang Zhang Opening
14:00 - 14:20 tba tba
14:20 - 14:40 tba tba
14:40 - 15:00 Yu Cheng
(IBM Research)
Exploiting Deep Learning to Boost Computational Healthcare
15:00 - 15:20 Lingfei Wu
(the University of Chicago)
The Success and Failure of Labs and Companies in Science and Technology Innovation
15:20-15:40 Coffee Break
15:40 - 16:00 Jiang Zhang
(Beijing Normal University)
Scaling and Pattern Formation in Urban Cities
16:00 - 16:20 Cheng-Jun Wang
(Nanjing University)
Tracing the Attention of Moving Citizens
16:20 - 16:40 Xingyuan Yuan
(Colorful Cloud)
High Resolution Weather Forecasting and Real-time Translation using Deep Learning
16:40 - 17:00 Xudong Cao
( Momenta)
Autor-driving Cars and Neural Neworks
17:00 - 17:20 Lei Dong
(Tsinghua University)
Examining the Interaction of Taxi and Subway Ridership for Sustainable Urbanization
17:20 - 17:30 Lingfei Wu Closing remarks

The working language is English and the MAXIMUM time of presentation for session is 15 minutes.

Organizing Committees

Jiang Zhang (School of Systems, Beijing Normal University)
Lingfei Wu (Knowledge Lab, Computation Institute, University of Chicago)
Cheng-Jun Wang (School of Journalism and Communication, Nanjing University)
Junming Huang (Center for Complex Network Research, Northeastern University)
Lei Dong (School of Architecture, Tsinghua University)


We acknowledge the generous support received from Tencent.

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