Business & Economy Startups Tokopedia, Universitas Indonesia launch AI research centre

Tokopedia, Universitas Indonesia launch AI research centre




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The Tokopedia-UI AI Center of Excellence will focus on AI implementation in the various aspects of society and industry

Left to right: Tokopedia Head of Research Scientist Irvan Bastian Arief, Tokopedia VP of Engineering Herman Widjaja, Tokopedia CEO William Tanuwijaya, Minister for Research, Technology, and Higher Education Mohamad Nasir, UI Rector Muhammad Anis, Dean of Faculty of Computer Science UI Mirna Adriani, Director General of Strengthening for Research and Development, Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education, Muhammad Dimyati, Deputy IV Coordinating Ministry of Economy Mohammad Rudy Salahuddin, Director General of Resources Management and Equipment of Posts and Informatics, Ministry of Communications and Informatics Ismail

Indonesian e-commerce giant Tokopedia and Universitas Indonesia (UI) today announced the launch of Tokopedia-UI AI Center of Excellence, an artificial intelligence (AI) development centre at the university’s campus in Depok, West Java.

In a press statement, the institutions explained that the initiative taken to encourage academics and researchers to use technology, especially AI, in presenting real-life solutions to problems that occur in society as well as industries.

Through the collaboration, researchers from UI will develop AI-based solutions to address problems that occur in society and industry, including the e-commerce industry, such as logistics, risk management, cybersecurity, and payment.

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The centre will also use super computer technology as provided as NVIDIA.

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“This facility is also expected to be able to support Faculty of Computer Science (Fasilkom UI) in producing human resources that are ready to contribute and compete globally, especially in the field of AI,” said Fasilkom UI Dean Mirna Adriani, Ph.D.

Tokopedia CEO William Tanuwijaya stated that the implementation of AI technology in the various aspects of e-commerce business, from warehousing to logistics, helps the company in its mission to democratise commerce through technology.

“At Tokopedia, we believe that technology should be an enabler that empowers the people, rather than a disruptor,” he said.

Previously, fellow Indonesian unicorn and Tokopedia competitor Bukalapak has also launched its R&D centres in Bandung and Surabaya.

Traveltech unicorn Traveloka has also opened its R&D centre in Bangalore, India.

Image Credit: Tokopedia

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