Through hardcore technologies, traditional cultural events, and celebration activities among the teachers and students, Shanghai Jiao Tong University is bringing extra vigor to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games.
A hexapod Skiing Robot Passing On-Slope Tests
Born under the call of “Winter Olympics with Science and Technology”, this skiing robot came out of the hands of the legged robot research team from SJTU School of Mechanical and Power Engineering and the School of Electronic Information and Electrical Engineering. The project is led by SJTU Prof. Gao Feng and received full support from the National Key R&D Program of the Ministry of Science and Technology.
The robot finished the tasks including racing, turning, route planning, obstacle avoidance and human-robot interaction through intelligent sensing and braking control. In the tests, the robot showed high flexibility and agility. In addition, it can be controlled by remote human-computer interaction, which enables it to ski through the crowds and adds the fun of skiing with a robot for the skiers.
"The ski robot is not only an embodiment of the spirit of 'Sci-tech Winter Olympics,' but also provides unlimited imagination for the post-Winter Olympics era with the concept of 'human-machine integration,'" one team member said.
"After the Winter Olympics, this robot will combine advanced technologies such as 5G and wireless networks through remote control to realize the competitiveness of ski robots in human-machine-same-field skiing and create a new entertainment mode for skiing enthusiasts."
With interdisciplinary advantages, SJTU strengthen the media coverage of Beijing 2022
Guided by the promotion of the deep integration of the global communication service of Winter Olympic Games and the "fantastic, extraordinary and excellent" hosting concept of Beijing Winter Olympics，the project team has developed and built a cross domain and multilingual communication service platform for Winter Olympic Games and Chinese culture, and created a "Winter Olympic Story" portal to introduce the Beijing Winter Olympic Games and Chinese culture to the world in 28 languages. The platform solves key scientific problems such as multimodal content representation and semantic association of Winter Olympic event information, and constructs a multilingual and multimodal resource database for the global communication of Winter Olympic events and Chinese culture. The data collection now covers more than 140 countries and regions around the world, with an average daily increase of more than 100,000 data records regarding the Winter Olympics，and the total records regarding Chinese cultural is over 50000.
As the Winter Olympics enters "Beijing time", the project team gives full play to advantages of various cooperation units, actively explores and innovates service forms. Relying on the strong data collection and analysis capabilities, this project team with experts from language studies, science and technology, soft science, management and public security has accurately studied the management experience and judged the media trend of Beijing Winter Olympics, telling a wonderful, excellent and extraordinary Winter Olympic stories with science and technology.
The Calligraphy Stone Inscription “Tour of Peace”
Twenty days prior to the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics, the stone inscriptions on the theme of “Peace” by famous international figures were completed in Chongli, where the Zhangjiakou competition zone is located. Among them includes the inscription “和平 (Peace)” by Ban Ki-moon, the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations and the IOC Ethics Commission, and the inscription “和平之游 (Tour of Peace)” by Zhou Bin, Professor of the USC-SJTU Institute of Cultural and Creative Industry and head of the “Overseas Promotion of Chinese Culture” project. The Chinese-style inscriptions demonstrate the common affection shared by people worldwide, showing the high compatibility between the Olympic spirit and traditional Chinese culture.
The inscriptions form a spectacle in Chongli. Prof. Zhou Bin’s inscription, together with the other works, manifests that the Beijing Winter Olympic Games is not only a sports event, but also a cultural fiesta, which adds unique humanistic qualities to the competition area.
“The spring of New Year of Tiger is a special season that sends the breeze of peace to all around the world. On the joyous day for the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympic Games, as a teacher of SJTU, I am proud of being able to deliver the common affection shared by people worldwide through Chinese calligraphy. I was more than honored to write an inscription for the main venue and witness this great historic event together with Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Chairman of the IOC Ethics Commission. Also, I was honored to be invited to the ‘Harmony for the Winter Olympics’ painting and calligraphy exhibition at the National Art Museum of China, and donated the proceeds from the auction to the ‘China Winter Sports Youth Popularization Public Welfare’ project to further contribute to the Winter Olympics”, said Prof. Zhou Bin.