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STPI Announced the Final Results of “Formosa Grand Challenge: Talk to AI”

2019/03/26

Sponsored by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and executed by the Science and Technology Policy Research and Information Center (STPI), the finals of “Formosa Grand Challenge: Talk to AI” is held at WESTAR in Ximending Taipei on March 23.  The first prize goes to the team of College of Electrical and Computer Science from National Taiwan University (hungyilee).  The second prize goes to the team of ASUS’s Da Vinci lab (intellection). Because none of the teams achieved the competition standard to receive the first prize of 20 million NT dollars, hungyilee and intellection teams obtained 1.5 million NT dollars and 500 thousand NT dollars respectively.

     Group photo of“Formosa Grand Challenge (FGC)-A Conversation with AI”
 

                         Team “hungyilee” won the first prize
 

                        Team “intellection”won the second prize
 

                          Team “weiyunma” won the third priz
 

       Team “the mug” got the highest rate of accuracy in short questions
 

CKIP Lab from the Academia Sinica won the third prize by only making 3 more mistakes than the second prize team in a 1,000 multiple-choice quiz. Furthermore, The MUG team, also from the Academia Sinica, got the highest rate of accuracy in short questions.  The Deputy Minister Yu-Chin Hsu of the MOST therefore announced that CKIP Lab and the MUG team receive 150 thousand and 50 thousand NT dollars respectively as an encouragement.

         Deputy Minister Yu-Chin Hsu of Ministry of Science and Technology
 

Deputy Minister Hsu served as the witness of FGC. He mentioned that AI is the key in future technology development.  Taiwan is the center of the world's high-end IT and IC manufacturing and service industries.  Therefore, Taiwan has unparalleled advantages in the application of AI development.  “FGC-A Conversation with AI” competition had turned an online competition into a competition that can be participated by the general public.  Apart from announcing results of the finals, the competition further delivers the vision of Taiwan’s AI development to the public.  In the movie “Iron Man”, the super AI chamberlain Jarvis is not just a fictional character anymore. Deputy Minister Hsu indicated the FGC is our first step towards this goal.  He encouraged all the participating teams to keep on working, because AI may really understand the true meaning of Chinese in the near future.  He further encouraged more challengers to join FGC, in the hope to break through difficult technology boundaries of AI and eventually win the 20 million NT dollars grand prize.

        Deputy Minister Yu-Chin Hsu of Ministry of Science and Technology
 

 Ms. Hsiu-Ya Yang, the Director General of Department of Foresight and Innovation Policies from Ministry of Science and Technology (far right), issued competition certificate to participants