2018 Big Data Expo of Guiyang

2017 Big Data Expo

The 2018 Bid Data Expo of Guiyang is now history. It closed Tuesday after four days of successful events and exhibitions. Details of the event, along with participants and exhibitors can be found at the Big Data Expo website: BIG DATA CENTRAL WEB SITE.

2018 Big Data Expo rocks according to Jack (aka_ John_ S._Porter)

2018 Big Data Expo rocks according to Jack.

There were many similarities to the 2017, but also a surprise. It was beyond even my wildest overactive imagination. I wasn’t shy about my disappointment in the 2017 Expo because it was so lacking in robotics, motion control, and automated vehicles. I consider this to be central to our future as humans . . .  see: 2017 Big Data Expo.
Though I was unsatisfied with the robotics, motion control and automated vehicle coverage in the 2017 Expo, I was MORE THAN SATISFIED with it’s prominence in 2018.  Artificial intelligence (AI) was everywhere in the Pixmoving presentation. The highlights were the coffee robot, the donkey car race, and the driverless car. The coffee robot demonstrated the fine detail, proving how far robotics and AI has come. The donkey car competition showed how difficult it is to drive a car, even in fairly predictable environments and situations.

The robot that serves the coffee was impressive, but it had no eyes. No wives or children moved  the coffee pot, or the cups. Nevertheless, this demonstration was very good. You can tell by the audience reaction. This display got everybody’s attention.

The Donkey Car is a car  that drives itself, but with very limited intelligence. It has a small on-board computer,  some rule based controls, and a camera. The camera helps the car stay between the white lines. It looks like a toy “remote control” car, but there is no (human) controller when the race begins.  All the decisions on direction and speed are made by the on-board computer. It is dumb, like a donkey.

The driverless car was also a big hit. There were so many people that wanted to ride around the circuit that I heard a man complain that he waited two hours to get on the car. The driverless car has a Lidar navigation sensor (on top) which is a newer product for machine vision. It uses lasers to judge objects and distances, many, many lasers to gather active data about the road. This car highlights several of the “drive by wire” products marketed by Pixmotion. Pixmotion is promoting open source coding for Automated Vehicles and has it’s own line of hardware that they are seeking to install, not only on cars, but many kinds of vehicles, from freight moving trucks to coffee serving robots on wheels.

Other Things at the Big Data Conference

The Exhibition Hall was open from the 26th to the 29th and there were also classes and presentations on the 25th. This conference was similar to prior conferences in that special tickets allowing more access were available.  One impressive presentation was about the use of Big Data to expedite the permitting process for businesses. Rather than using staff time and a complex permitting process for each department, more departments are being merged and application forms are being populated by the government’s Big Data database. This eliminates fees and long waiting periods while applications are processed.  If your registration with the government is in order, you get your permit — quickly. This kind of cost cutting and convenience to citizens is a big deal.

The exhibits seemed less expansive than in the past, with a bit of a push from a few vendors expanding presence. Of course Pixmoving was the biggest. Google and Facebook were also well represented, along with many of the other big names. Smart City software, mapping software, and health care were big. Of course virtual reality and the  “whole body” virtual world devices were present as well. Here are some sample photos.

It was fun  talking to vendors with various levels of English. It was fairly simple to stop and talk, especially with people that are working on their English skills. Alex Lau of Sefonsoft was very kind to me .  .  .AlexLau

 

 

 

 

The Future of Mobility, Guiyang’s Self-Driving Startup — PIX

 China International Big Data Expo

The Pixmoving Company of Guiyang,

China’s Big Data Valley, will feature

“The Future of Mobility”

Pixmoving’s Self-driving Team Booth

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Photo credit: The Everett Collection

Autonomous driving has been envisioned since the 1950s. Now is the era of dynamic change. We are daily witnessing crazy and stunning technology achievement. In China, this future mobility is being facilitated on test tracks in Beijing, Shanghai, and Chongqing starting in 2018. Self-driving cars test hit the headlines on media, like a the new arrival of a stranger to our life and city. It brings doubt and even fear among public, but also feeds public curiosity. Serving the citizens with self-driving technology is one of Pixmoving’s  business purposes. Hence, in this 2018 China Big Data expo, Pixmoving is displaying it’s self-driving experience to the public and is engaging global self-driving engineers in a “global meetup” – a fun race.

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DiYRobocars and Pixmoving Team Up

May 20th to 26th 2018, a global self-driving race is taking place in Guizhou Province where you can witness about 30 top engineers from around the world participating in a challenge of intelligence tasks. The racing cars are controlled by open source control systems provided by Pixmoving. Participants must complete tasks with their own algorithms to earn the final prize.people who are new to self-driving ideas are welcome to have experience with Pixmoving at the BigData Expo venue from May 26th to 29th. There will be a full-sized self-driving car waiting for you to get on board.

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The self-driving car exhibit on Big Data Expo for self-driving experience

Extend your vision and learn about how self-driving capabilities can help us live our lives smarter. In this Expo, a special self-driving coffee car (Pixmoving coffee car) will be serving drip coffee to the visitors. Want a cup of drip coffee? All you need to do to order your cup of coffee is swipe your phone with the order code. Then the Pixmoving coffee car will come forward and make a masterpiece cup coffee for you. 

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Pixmoving self-driving coffee car

Guizhou Province is located in Southwestern China, and is unknown to many people. It is, however becoming well known as “China Big Data Valley” where global high tech companies gather for connection, exposure, and data storage collaboration, etc.

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The Pixmoving Team . . . photo credit: Southern Airline journalist Xiao Le

Behind the events the Pixmoving team is like a “Magical Unicorn”

Pixmoving team is in a factory with 5000 m². The working space and engineer working areas are clearly based in this factory with full transparent glass rooms. Unlike many technology companies, Pixmoving team is dedicated in self-driving with their open, passion, and professional attitude. The factory is designed in a style of warm and full inspiration. A BBC series director once came and said that whoever could work here must be enjoyable. The environment here is with this purpose to transform the pressure or dull of work into flexibility, inspiration, and innovation. The communication is essential. If you ask any girl who is working on their paperwork here, they can explain anything about car, robot, 3D printer they know about in their factory.

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Pixmoving multifunctional service self-driving cars

Pixmoving is different from those who are dedicated to a product for private mobility only. Their plan is initiated from the chassis. The many services to life can be build upon it combining both software and hardware. The flexibility on self-driving can apply to: a driverless shuttle, driverless hotel, driverless cinema, driverless vendors etc. The shared service concept serves the public in many ways, like industrial areas, parks, nature areas, residential areas and anywhere the Smart City. The first Chinese self-driving car test license will be issued to Pixmoving, which is it’s most recent milestone.

The Company values are: `cooperation, share, open, and innovation`. These are easily felt from each corner of it’s factory rather than slogans hanging on the wall. A Hackathon event was held in March of 2018 and gathered over 50 engineers from 11 countries at the factory. The open-desk workshop proved that open innovation and collaboration create massive and inimmaginable results. Pixmoving believes that this BigData Expo will also drive more like-minded people to be involved in this field. The openness is a key factor in future technology improvement. Futurama exposure of any big companies is cool, but open-involvement in this radical change process really matters.

2018 China Big Data Expo – Establishing the base for a self-driving industrial ecosystem in Guiyang.

Self-driving is a cutting-edge high-tech new industry that is closely linked with big data, smart manufacturing and the real economy. Under the principle of “Data Creation, Innovation Drives the Future” and the annual theme “Digitalization of Everything, Integration of Intelligence” this year’s General Assembly of the Expo is in total harmony with the robotic transportation industry. The City of Guiyang by creating a fair and shared innovative center in the heart of the city, gathers global attention to Guiyang.  At the same time, it will also promote the self-driving ecosystem landing in Guizhou.

Pixmoving will further connect the world with institutions in Guiyang. The “unmanned vehicle technology” expertise should be drawn to Guiyang. With more open rules, the unmanned industry is promoted in Guiyang as an unmanned innovation city. Guiyang will lead the global realization of unmanned automated products. The race event has attracted high powered to the Pixmoving team from all over the world. The American laser radar company Velodyne supported this event’s Lidar. Taiwan’s Neousys Company supported the event’s industrial computing platform. The American engineers at Udacity, an online education organization, cooperates with event organizers to jointly recruit global contestants and offers some bonuses and course awards. China’s Beidouxingtong Company supported the GPS positioning of the event.

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Self-driving racing challenge partners

 Besides, the US DIY Robocars, Baidu Apollo, and Japan’s Autoware also joined as developer communities. A leading technology media, the Intelligence is an exclusive communication partner. In the future, they will have more connection with the Pix driverless team and Guizhou Province.

 

Why Guizhou?

Well CNN lists NINE REASONS as to why you should come to Guizhou, but the list is really incomplete. If you spend some time browsing the pages of the web site you will get some ideas. Guizhou is growing rapidly and China has made some very important investments. Sure, you can see the world’s tallest bridge, the worlds largest radio telescope, or the world’s largest transformer, but those three items are 1/3 of the nine listed by CNN and doesn’t come close to doing Guzhou justice.

Here is a list of some of the very interesting stuffs, all taken from this web site:
Caohai’s Black Necked Cranes
Fast Train Access to Southern China

Wine Festival Every September 9
Lost Road History

Cafes

Massage

Guizhou Food by CNN
Guizhou Food by Chef James

Local Directory of Services
Minority People

Hiking

 

Gay You Are

It is really considered bad form for a teacher to laugh at a student’s mistake. In an English classroom we will often teach the polite way to ask for something and receive it. For example, “May I have a glass of water?” to which the response is “Here you are”. Then you hand the person a glass of water. In Chinese the question is like “Qing gei wo yi bei shui.” (“May I have a glass of water?”), to which the answer is “Gei Ni.” (literally “give you”, pronounced “gay knee”) as you hand him the glass of water.

So I recently heard of a teacher that lost it and cracked up when the student mixed up his Chinese and English — called Chiinglish. The student mixed up “Gei ni” and “Here you are”. It came out: “Gay you are.”

(Sorry, I guess you have to be an English teacher in China to appreciate this one.)