In a recent forum hosted by Intel China, Intel partners and customers shared their work and solutions on how they are using AI applications in this fight.
Throughout the forum, Huiying Medical, Inovance Techology, TMiRob, and 4Paradigm shared insights on how their AI solutions, and their collaboration with Intel are making a difference in areas such as medical imaging, face mask manufacturing, disinfecting services and infection source tracing. This collaboration illustrates how Intel is supporting the ecosystem to build solutions to address the three phases of the Covid-19 epidemic - response, recovery and prevention.
- Huiying Medical, an Intel AI Builders member, has developed a medical imaging diagnostic solution using CT chest scans to assist early detection of the coronavirus infection to complement standard lab testing. They have integrated the solution in over 20 hospitals throughout China and subsequently introduced it to other countries to address use cases overseas. With the help of Intel engineers, Huiying Medical was able to use the Intel Distribution of OpenVINO to drive more rapid image analysis and diagnoses through their AI enabled solution.
- Inovance Technology is a leading provider of industrial automation and control solutions. The coronavirus pandemic has driven demand for face masks and PPE (personal protective equipment) that has surpassed the available supply in many regions. Inovance has provided face mask equipment manufacturers with critical electric control solutions, including Programmable Logic Control (PLC) units and a series of AI enabled industrial vision products powered by Intel architecture. These products help manufacturers increase overall production and quality of face masks, thereby striving to provide greatly needed PPE to healthcare and essential workers on the front lines.
- TMiRob specializes in developing service robots for healthcare applications. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic the disinfection of hospitals, ICUs, schools and public places has become a critical but dangerous task due to high exposure to potential virus infections. TMiRob’s AI enabled service robots have the ability to perform these essential disinfecting tasks and wherever possible help prevent workers from being exposed to infection in these high-risk environments.
- 4Paradigm is an AI technology and service provider with Intel architecture-based solutions. Conventionally achieved through manual human contact tracing, 4Paradigm’s rule-based machine learning (ML) models and simulators help increase the speed and accuracy of infection source tracing algorithms. They have found that this AI-based infection source tracing method can be particularly valuable in identifying asymptomatic infected individuals to help authorities track and mitigate the spread of the virus.
At the end of the forum, Hongwei Yi, Intel AI sales director for APAC, was asked how Intel is empowering the AI ecosystem in the development of healthcare solutions that help to combat Covid-19. Hongwei told the audience that many efforts including the Intel AI Builders program are helping our partners optimize their solutions with Intel technologies across a wide range of industry verticals including healthcare which enables those solutions to be deployed at scale and with accuracy. Intel technologies and partnerships play an important role in driving AI applications in healthcare and Intel is proud of what our partners and customers have achieved during this pandemic. In conclusion, Yali Liang, VP SMG and GM of PRC Business Consumption Group told the audience that enabling the AI ecosystem and driving new technologies that help in the fight against Covid-19 is an important part of who Intel is: “We will continue to work with our partners to accelerate the adoption of new technologies to solve real business problems across industries.”