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Intel Joins Alibaba In A.I. Project For Tokyo 2020

By Jay Stuart | January 9, 2019

Intel and Alibaba have announced that they are developing athlete tracking technology powered by artificial intelligence that is aimed to be deployed at the Olympic Games 2020 and beyond.

The technology uses existing and upcoming Intel hardware and Alibaba cloud computing technology to power a deep learning application that extracts 3D forms of athletes in training or competition.

Computer vision with A.I. deep learning algorithms will generate a 3D Mesh that enables coaches and trainers to extract intricate real-time biomechanical data from which they can analyse performance and introduce new training enhancements.

The technology leverages advanced pose modelling techniques and other A.I. algorithms designed to analyse the biomechanics of an athlete’s movements as captured with regular video cameras.

Navin Shenoy, Intel Executive VP and GM, Data Center Group, said: “This technology has incredible potential as an athlete training tool and is expected to be a game-changer for the way fans experience the Games, creating an entirely new way for broadcasters to analyse, dissect and re-examine highlights during instant replays.”

“We are proud to partner with Intel on the first-ever A.I.-powered 3D athlete tracking technology where Alibaba contributes its best-in-class cloud computing capability and algorithmic design,” said Chris Tung, CMO, Alibaba Group. “With our technological advancements, Alibaba is transforming the sports media and broadcasting industries. We continue to collaborate with industry leaders and drive innovations to create new experiences for the world to enjoy.”

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