On December 2, the award ceremony of the “First ABB Cup National Intelligent Technology Thesis Contest”, also known as “the Ninth ABB Cup National Automation Thesis Contest”, was successfully held during the China Automation Conference in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province. With the theme of “Intelligent Technology and Innovative Future”, this year’s contest focused on hot areas such as smart manufacturing and robotics. The contestant team representing Qingdao Smart Mobility Vehicle Intelligence Pioneers Inc. stood out from the 591 theses and won the top prize with a thesis titled “Parallel driving system and application based on digital quadruplets”. Another 42 theses were respectively awarded the first, second, third and excellence awards.
Currently, China's economy is at the key stage of transformation, structural optimization and upgrading, as well as a transition from old to new drivers. The application of digital technology and intelligent technology has increasingly become the new driver of this transformation. Improving the manufacturing innovation capability and industrial automation level is an important approach to realizing this strategic goal. Open to professionals engaged in the automation and digital fields from enterprises, public institutions, universities and research institutes, the ABB Cup National Intelligent Technology Thesis Contest aims to promote close integration of academic research and industrial development, as well as provide new ideas and new impetus for digital and intelligent development of the industrial economy inChina.
Dr. Qianjin Liu, Head of the ABB Corporate Research Center inChinaand Chief Technology Officer said at the ceremony, "Having rounded up experiences from past events, this year’s contest gave more attention to innovation and application regarding the intelligent technology. The competition aims to offer a platform to stimulate domestic innovations and deepen cooperation among industry, academia and research, and help turn research results into real business, which is expected to give a competitive edge for Chinese enterprises in future industrial transformation."
This year was the first time that the contest adopted online voting in addition to the traditional jury. The new competing system, higher awards and more emphasis on application technology practice attracted active participation of the professional circle. The contest received 591 theses in all and shortlisted 15 for the finals. Online interested viewers had topped 18,000. Through fair, justified and orderly review by experts from all relevant fields, 83 theses were included in the final theses collection, among which 43 were nominated for the final review. In addition to the biggest prize, the competition also produced one first prize, three second prizes, 10 third prizes and 28 excellence prizes.
Compared with previous contests, this year’s contest focused more on excellent innovative practices in the field of intelligent technology, attracting active participation by professionals engaged in the automation and digital fields from colleges, universities, scientific research institutions, enterprises and public institutions. The contest has made new breakthroughs in terms of submissions quantity, quality and resource of the submitted articles.
Articles selected for the grand prize at the final election stage covered topics of cutting-edge fields in transportation, industry, coal power and infrastructure, with topics including thermal power plants’ artificial intelligence, robotics, intelligent driving, and automatic bridge detection. The entries accurately grasped the pulse of industry innovation, and showcased the fruits of research conducted by scientific and technological workers from an innovative perspective and through rigorous arguments.
The predecessor of the ABB Cup National Intelligent Technology Thesis Contest was the ABB Cup National Automation System Engineer Thesis Contest, which was initiated by the Chinese Association of Automation in 2005, with ABB (China) Ltd. as the exclusive sponsor. Over the past 13 years, the contest has gained increasing attention in the automation field, and the amount of submissions in each competition has shown an upward trend. To date, the contest has attracted the participation of 10,910 contestants and received 4,314 theses with 266 from which being elected as award-winning ones. In addition, 9 collections of theses have been published which include a total of more than 700 high-quality theses.
The contest aims to develop and cultivate more excellent technical talents in the intelligent industry, enable the intelligent technology to better serve scientific and technological innovation, resources development, utilization and energy management, and promote the development and application of modern intelligent industry theory and technology, which comprehensively reflects the professional quality and technical merit of national intelligent technical talents and carries forward the latest research achievements and leading-edge thoughts in this field.