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Researchers create new learning model for prosthetic limbs - The Robot Report


Below, a prosthetic hand robot used by the team. Researchers at Shenyang University of Technology and the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo are trying to figure out how to make prosthetic hands respond to arm movements. For the last decade, scientists have been trying to figure out how to use surface electromyography (EMG) signals to control prosthetic limbs. EMG signals are electrical signals that cause our muscles to contract. They can be recorded by inserting electrode needles into the muscle.

Chinese province targets journalists and foreign students with planned new surveillance system

The Japan Times

Security officials in one of China's largest provinces have commissioned a surveillance system they say they want to use to track journalists and international students among other "suspicious people," documents reviewed by Reuters showed. A July 29 tender document published on the Henan provincial government's procurement website -- reported in the media for the first time -- details plans for a system that can compile individual files on such persons of interest coming to Henan using 3,000 facial recognition cameras that connect to various national and regional databases. A 5 million yuan ($782,000) contract was awarded on Sept. 17 to Chinese tech company Neusoft, which was required to finish building the system within two months of signing the contract, separate documents published on the Henan government procurement website showed. It is unclear if the system is currently operating. Shenyang-based Neusoft did not respond to requests for comment. China is trying to build what some security experts describe as one of the world's most sophisticated surveillance technology networks, with millions of cameras in public places and increasing use of techniques such as smartphone monitoring and facial recognition.

Coronavirus robots are patrolling hospitals to help curb the spread of the virus


In the fight against coronavirus, doctors have been given a helping hand, thanks to coronavirus patrol robots . The robots are being used in hospitals in Shenyang in China's northeastern Liaoning province, in the hopes of preventing the virus from spreading. The bots can quickly check people's temperatures and identities, and even disinfect them, according to AFP. AFP explained: "The hospital uses the robot to reduce the pressure on front-line medical staff and to avoid cross infections from the COVID-19 coronavirus." These aren't the only robots being used to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Coronavirus pushes robots to front lines of China's hospitals

The Japan Times

HONG KONG – The deadly coronavirus outbreak, which has pushed the Chinese medical community into overdrive, has also prompted the country's hospitals to more quickly adopt robots as medical assistants. Telepresence bots that allow remote video communication, patient health monitoring and safe delivery of medical goods are growing in number on hospital floors in urban China. They are now acting as safe go-betweens that help curb the spread of the coronavirus. Keenon Robotics Co., a Shanghai-based company, deployed 16 robots of a model nicknamed "Little Peanut" to a hospital in Hangzhou after a group of Wuhan travelers to Singapore were held in quarantine. Siasun Robot and Automation Co. donated seven medical robots and 14 catering robots to the Shenyang Red Cross to help hospitals combat the virus on Wednesday, according to a media release on the company's website.

China: Big data & AI to help combat health insurance fraud


The announcement came after Hu Jinglin, director of the National Healthcare Security Administration, made a pledge during the ongoing annual two sessions in Beijing that it will severely crack down on fraudulent practices affecting the country's healthcare insurance funds. The health insurance sector has long been plagued with various fraud cases, like fabricated medical services and documents and fake invoices. Last November, two hospitals in Shenyang, capital of northeast China's Liaoning Province, were accused of insurance scams, which prompted the regulators to audit other medical institutions. While much progress has been made since supervision was tightened, the overall situation remains "grim", so it will be a top priority for the authorities to carry on the fight against insurance fraud in 2019. The administration will partner with more third-party service providers like Ping An HealthKonnect to identify potential fraud risks and gain better control of medical insurance costs by leveraging their advanced technologies in areas of big data and artificial intelligence.

Robert Bosch Venture Capital invests in AutoAI - Telematics Wire


Robert Bosch Venture Capital has announced investment in AutoAI. The company is the developer and operator of intelligent connected vehicle service (CVS) for the new generation of autonomous vehicles. It is established as a separately run subsidiary of Navinfo and is involved in technological development, product development and service operations of intelligent navigation, CVS content, intelligent OS and solutions, CVS big data and operations. Based on the core mission of "Making Auto Intelligence Easier", the company has set up bases for front-end R&D and operations with a total of nearly 1,000 employees in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Dalian and Shenyang. AUTOAI works jointly with automobile manufacturers, industry customers and ecosystem partners in the development of the next generation of autonomous driving, bring further cutting-edge technologies, leading products, ultimate experience and compassionate service to more partners, and aim to become an innovator and leader in the intelligent CVS industry.

China Planning to Deploy Large Unmanned AI Submarines by 2020s


The South China Post reported Sunday that Beijing expects to deploy artificially intelligent unmanned submarines in the early 2020s. The seacraft could be used to survey waters, place munitions or even be used in suicide attacks against enemies, scientists involved in the program told the outlet. Lin Yang, marine technology equipment director at the Shenyang Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, confirmed the program, and said it was a response to work in the US to develop similar watercraft. These subs, dubbed extra-large unmanned underwater vehicles, or XLUUVs, are much bigger than the current crop of underwater vehicles -- large enough to dock as conventional submarines and to carry significant weaponry and other equipment. Their artificial intelligence will help them operate undersea, not only to avoid natural phenomena, but to detect and identify friendly or hostile ships and make navigational decisions to avoid them.

Why foreign robots seems to be industry's best friends in China


China purchased 141,000 industrial robots in 2017, up 58.1 per cent year-on-year, but foreign brands accounted for nearly three-quarters of that, showing that the gap is still widening between Chinese robot makers and their foreign peers. The China International Robot Industry Summit, held in Shanghai, said the sales and growth rate of industrial robots hit records in 2017. Among industrial robots, 37,825 were domestically manufactured, up 29.8 per cent year-on-year. "As robotics is expanding into nearly every industry, Chinese robot makers should realise the gap between them and foreign brands, take advantage of China's robotics development boom and learn from foreign experience to help China grow from the world's largest robot market into a robot manufacturing power," said Qu Daokui, president of China Robot Industry Alliance and chief executive of the Shenyang-based Siasun Robot and Automation company. According to Mr Qu, foreign robot makers sold 103,191 robots to China in 2017, up 71.9 per cent from a year earlier.