Intel and Alibaba partner to apply AI at the 2020 Olympics

New 3D Athlete Tracking to improve training processes and enhance audience experience at the Japanese hosted games


Intel and Alibaba have partnered to develop an AI-powered technology called 3D Athlete Tracking for the 2020 Olympics, which are to be held in Japan, with the intention to enhance athlete training and audience experience.

"Intel and Alibaba, together with partners, aim to deliver the first AI-powered 3D athlete tracking during the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020," Intel said in a statement

According to Navin Shenoy, Intel EVP and general manager of the Data Center Group, the 3D Athlete Tracking is a novel technology concept and is optimized to run on Alibaba's Cloud. The tool integrates computer vision and AI deep learning algorithms to provide coaches and trainers with "intricate real-time biomechanical data" via various video cameras to detect motion and activity.

The new 3D tracking technology aims to offer training data and analysis and provide fans with insight into how athletes perform against others.

"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 analyze, dissect and reexamine highlights during instant replays," Shenoy added.

The Olympic tracking tool is the latest endeavor in the partnership between Intel and Alibaba. Intel's latest processor and memory technology was leveraged for Alibaba's 11.11 global shopping frenzy. Using this technology, in November 2018 Alibaba generated its biggest-ever Singles Day sales with a reported $30.8bn in transaction over the period of 24 hours.

Alibaba chief marketing officer, Chris Tung, added: "We are proud to partner with Intel on the first-ever AI-powered 3D athlete tracking technology where Alibaba contributes its best-in-class cloud computing capability and algorithmic design."

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