Class society DNV GL sees artificial intelligence (AI) as a general-purpose technology with implications for all aspects of its operations. It aims to develop AI-assisted solutions such as computer vision while also creating future assurance schemes for the complex algorithms associated with AI.
Noting that Shanghai is seen as an AI innovation hub, DNV GL sees the new research centre as providing a good base for collaboration with technology partners.
DNV GL group technology and research director Dr Pierre C Sames said “Establishing a dedicated AI research centre in Shanghai enables us to engage with and benefit from leading edge AI technology developments.
“We also look to close co-operation with leading Chinese companies willing to implement advanced services based on AI.”
The research centre will have a staff of eight by the end of 2019, led by artificial intelligence centre head Michael Chen.
DNV GL already uses artificial intelligence to direct technical queries, with machine learning algorithms proposing responses to case handlers. This has helped to cut the average response time from around seven days to three hours for urgent queries. DNV GL Maritime chief executive Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen said artificial intelligence has led to greater consistency and higher-quality responses.