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FGC-Talk to AI x High School CEECS Clubs Orientation Ushers the Young into the World of AI


Under the guidance of the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), the Science & Technology Policy Research and Information Center (STPI) has co-held an orientation for “Formosa Grand Challenge-Talk to AI” with 13 high school electrical engineering and computer science (CEECS) clubs in Taipei at National Taiwan University on October 12.  These clubs are from schools including Taipei Municipal Jianguo High School, Taipei First Girls High School, the Affiliated Senior High School of National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei Municipal Chenggong High School, Taipei Municipal Zhong Shan Girls High School, Taipei Municipal Song Shan Senior High School, Taipei Municipal Jingmei Girls' Senior High School, Taipei Municipal Da-An Vocational High School, Taipei Municipal Lishan Senior High School, and Taipei Municipal Chengyuan Senior High School.  Dr. Lee Hung-Yi (李宏毅), the professor of the College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at National Taiwan University, and Mr. Wei Yong-Xiang (韋詠祥) from the Department of Computer Science at National Chiao Tung University were invited to share their experiences of studying AI and CEECS.

Professor Lee Hung-Yi is the leader of the winning team of “Formosa Grand Challenge-Talk to AI” last year. During the orientation, his speech entitled “The Next Step for Machine Learning” explains how artificial intelligence becomes capable of recognizing and understanding languages and how the potential of self-learning enables AI to be a handy assistant in human life. Professor Lee also shared his research experiences in unsupervised speech recognition.

Participating students at registration desk.

Mr. Wei Yong-Xiang, who was admitted to the Department of Computer Science at National Chiao Tung University with a score of 48 out of 75 in the General Scholastic Ability Test (GSAT) this year, was widely discussed on PTT (a popular online forum in Taiwan). Wei revealed how he first learned about computer science and became interested in programming. He also shared his experiences in competing in multiple computer science contests, how he developed and set up the website “Four Out of Five: Fight the GSAT,” and how he balanced between studies and hobbies. The high schoolers who attended the orientation considered his talk rewarding and were happy to have the opportunity to exchange views with the two speakers.

The 2020 Formosa Grand Challenge-Talk to AI features both a Fun Cup competition and an AI camp in voice recognition to encourage high school and college students to participate. The hands-on session will enable young students to familiarize themselves with the application of AI voice analysis, develop their interests in AI, and challenge them to improve AI’s learning capabilities. The Fun Cup and AI camp also welcome self-taught AI programmers. The two events will be held in November, and the registration deadline is October 30. MOST hopes that the competition and the hands-on session of “Formosa Grand Challenge-Talk to AI” could engage more young students to develop interests and understanding of AI, and to become future experts in AI technology in Taiwan.

Mr. Wei Yong-Xiang shared his experiences in competing in multiple computer science contests.