Welcome to the second regional special section spotlighting China. We are pleased to report there have been many exciting changes in technological advances and achievements since the first special section on China was published in the November 2018 issue of Communications. We hope the following articles will help you learn about and appreciate such changes.
For this special section, we launched a call for participation on January 10, 2021. This call attracted 34 proposals from 22 institutes—both academia and industry—across China. Given the pandemic situation in some cities of China, we organized a hybrid workshop on February 6, 2021, with seven sessions, including storage and blockchain, open source software and education, IoT, health informatics, accessibility, NLP and speech, AR&SLAM and vision. The workshop, which was a great success, created a live forum for people inside the region to exchange ideas and recent progress in various areas of the industry.
In an effort to expand the coverage in this section, we selected topics that were not covered in the first edition. We ultimately accepted articles covering various exciting things happening in China, including: blockchain, crowdsensing, speech, augmented reality, accessibility, system education, AI education, NLP, graph processing on supercomputers, health informatics, and the digital economy. To reflect the booming AI startups, we also invited a former journalist and now the founder of a new media startup specializing on AI-related startups and technical trends to write an article describing the AI startups working on computer vision, semiconductor, and autonomous driving. Although this issue is by no means a comprehensive view of all the exciting computing research in China, we believe these topics present a living snapshot of innovative activities and computing trends in China.
Finally, we would like to thank all the workshop participants and authors who contributed talks and articles, members of the Communications Editorial Board for their timely and extremely useful advice and guidance, and a special thanks to Long Zheng (Huazhong University of Science and Technology) for his help in organizing the workshop and assembling articles from authors.
—Hai Jin, Yuanchuan Shi, and Dahua Lin
China Region Special Section Co-Organizers
Andrew A. Chien
DEPUTY TO THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
CO-CHAIRS, REGIONAL SPECIAL SECTIONS
P J Narayanan
SPECIAL SECTION CO-ORGANIZERS
Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
Tsinghua University, China
Chinese University of Hong Kong
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