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The 2023 Sino-Dutch Workshop on Smart City Successfully Held at BJUT

On November 18th, the 2023 Sino-Dutch Workshop on the topic of "Smart City", jointly organized by Beijing University of Technology, Vrije University Amsterdam, and Beijing Information and Telecommunication Association, was successfully held at Beijing University of Technology (BJUT). The theme of the workshop was "Large Language Model Driven, Promoting Smart City Development".

Professor Fang Juan, Deputy Director of the Faculty of Information Technology of BJUT, presided over the workshop. Senior experts and professors from Vrije University Amsterdam, Tsinghua University, Aerospace Information Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Beijing University of Technology were invited to attend the workshop and give academic presentations. Professor Zhong Ning, foreign fellow of the Engineering Academy of Japan, and experts from Science Press, China Electronics Engineering Design Institute Co., Ltd., Z-PARK Strategic Alliance of Smart City Industry Technology Innovation, Haoxinqing Health Industry Group, and Accenture (China), along with faculty members and students from BJUT, participated in the workshop both online and offline.

Attendees focused on discussing and exchanging ideas linked to large language model and innovative research which has been applied to it, and its application in fields such as medical care, elderly care, the environment, transportation, and discussed how large language model and generative artificial intelligence can support the application of urban intelligent infrastructure construction and urban construction operation management.

Lin Shaofu, the Chinese chairman of the workshop, Professor from the Faculty of Information Technology of BJUT and vice chairman of the Beijing Information and Telecommunication Association, and Huang Zhisheng, the Dutch chairman of the workshop and tenured professor of Vrije University Amsterdam, delivered speeches respectively. Professor Lin briefly introduced the development of BJUT and the Beijing Information and Telecommunication Association, the progress already made in serving the construction of Beijing's "Smart City", and the status of Sino-Dutch Smart City cooperation. Professor Huang briefly reviewed the development history of the Sino-Dutch Workshop on Smart City, summarizing its positive impact on academic and research collaboration between the Vrije University Amsterdam and BJUT.

Professor Lin Shaofu delivering a speech

Professor Huang Zhisheng delivering a speech

During the academic presentation session, a total of seven experts elaborated on research sharing and exchanges based on the conference's theme. Professor Huang Zhisheng, introduced the application of large language models and knowledge graph technology in mental health companion chatbots, displaying the advanced and practical aspects of this technology.

Professor Huang Zhisheng, making a presentation

Professor Lin Shaofu, introduced the development trends and related research cases linked to the integrated application of large language models and other artificial intelligence technologies in the field of precise and intelligent elderly care.

Professor Lin Shaofu making a presentation

Professor Xu Bin, from Tsinghua University, introduced the latest research progress of ChatGLM, along with the challenges and opportunities it may face in the future. He also covered China's development strategy in the field of large language models.

Professor Xu Bin, making a presentation

Peng Ling, Research Fellow in the Aerospace Information Research Institute under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, introduced the concept, construction and typical applications of the Tuple Earth Knowledge Service System, which combines the use of remote sensing images with spatiotemporal knowledge graphs.

Research Fellow Peng Ling, making a presentation

Professor Weng Jiancheng, Faculty of Architecture, Civil and Transportation Engineering of BJUT, introduced the development, technological trends, advantages, and applications of the new generation intelligent transportation system, as well as the opportunities and challenges in the development and application of large language models in the transportation sector.

Professor Weng Jiancheng, making a presentation

Assistant Professor Ronald Siebes from the UCDS Group at Vrije University Amsterdam elaborated on the research methods of IoT and Linked Data, and introduced the application of graph learning and explainable artificial intelligence for the Dutch Pilot in the InterConnect projects.

Assistant Professor Ronald Siebes making a presentation

Guo Chaohui, a Ph.D. candidate at the Vrije University Amsterdam, introduced a sentiment-adaptive mental health knowledge question-answering system that integrates knowledge graph and large anguage model. The system is designed to understand and address questions related to mental health, to provide relevant foundational knowledge.

Guo Chaohui making a presentation

After the academic presentations, the co-chairs of the workshop, Professor Lin Shaofu and Professor Huang Zhisheng summarized the proceedings. Additionally, they announced that the 2024 Sino-Dutch Workshop on Smart City will be held in the Vrije University Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Group photo of some participating experts

The successful hosting of the workshop will further promote exchanges and collaboration between China and the Netherlands in the field of Smart City. It will build a closer bridge between the two countries for academic research and industrial technological innovation, jointly driving technological innovation linked to the concept of Smart City. This collaboration will facilitate the modernization of urban governance and sustainable development in both Amsterdam and Beijing, contributing greater wisdom and strength to the global development of Smart City.