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DNV GL opens AI research centre in Shanghai

DNV GL has opened an artificial intelligence (AI) research centre in Shanghai, China to seek new solutions to enhance its audit, inspection and survey services.

DNV GL considers AI as a general-purpose technology that will have implications on every aspect of future operations for the classification society. DNV GL aims to develop new solutions based on AI technology, such as computer vision (whereby a computer can carry out tasks that require high levels of visual recognition), at the same time as creating future assurance schemes for the complex algorithms associated with AI.

“DNV GL is continuously investing in research, development and innovation and we are directing 5% of our global revenues to this. Our ambition is to be a technology leader, exploring new solutions for the benefit of our customers. I look forward to see new projects building AI-based solutions with our customers,” said Remi Eriksen, group president and ceo at DNV GL.

The AI research centre in Shanghai recognises China’s position as a world leader in the technology, and the proximity to a leading AI innovation hub will allow DNV GL to collaborate with partners at the forefront of the technology.

Dr. Pierre C Sames, group technology and research director at DNV GL, commented: “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 cooperation with leading Chinese companies willing to implement advanced services based on AI.”

The classification society is already utilising disruptive technology to challenge operations that have remained largely unchanged for decades.

Read more: DNV GL launches remote surveys for all vessels

The company, for example, recently undertook the first set of remote surveys whereby inspections on board ships are carried out virtually using cameras, rather than in person. Blockchain has also become an integral technology to the company’s assurance operations.

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