Xiaomi, the world’s fourth-largest smartphone maker, stated it would arrange a technical committee comprising 19 members as a part of its efforts to distinguish the corporate into an artificial intelligence-pushed firm.
Cui Baoqiu, the corporate’s new promoted vice-president, is chairman of the committee, who will likely be managing and implementing the technical strategy. Collaboration with governments and universities, recruiting and inspiring tech expertise and constructing a tinkering culture in the firm.
Xiaomi’s co-founder, Lei Jun, stated in an internal board meeting that “exceptional and innovative” engineers shall be rewarded “millions” of yuan in money.
He also stated that the organization plans to arrange two research and development (R&D) branches in Nanjing and Wuhan with thousands of researchers and engineers. It already has one R&D office in Beijing, where the organization is located.
Xiaomi is going through a sluggish domestic smartphone market; it also noticed sales shrunk by more than 34% in its residence country in the fourth quarter last December. The technical committee follows the formation of three AI-linked departments in February.
At the time, the smartphone manufacturer additionally promoted Cui, who arrange the AI and cloud workforce in the organization, to vice-president, reporting directly to co-founder Lei Jun.
Lei obtained a degree in computer science from Wuhan College in China and began his profession at Kingsoft as a developer. Cui has served at IBM Silicon Valley Lab, Yahoo and LinkedIn before joining Xiaomi.
Xiaomi stated earlier this year that it would spend at least US$1.5bn (RM6.2bn) on AI and smart gadgets over the following five years.
The corporate’s R&D spending surged 83% to US$860mil (RM3.5bil) in 2018, due to higher compensation for R&D personnel and expansion of its smartphones, AI, web providers, and other analysis initiatives.