AI is considered a technology that will have implications on every aspect of future DNV GL operations. DNV GL now aims to develop new solutions based on AI technology, such as computer vision, while also creating future assurance schemes for the complex algorithms regarding AI.

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In fact, DNV GL is already using disruptive technology to challenge operations that have not changed for decades. Namely, it recently carried out the first set of remote surveys where inspections on board ships are conducted virtually using cameras, rather than in person.

In addition, blockchain has become a key technology to the company's assurance operations. Italian winemakers were among the first to use 'My Story', an application that uses blockchain to track the whole supply chain. What is more, DNV GL has explored how AI could enhance safety in the oil and gas industry.

The new research centre will grow up to eight staff by the end of 2019.

Dr. Pierre C Sames, Group Technology and Research Director at DNV GL, said:

Establishing a dedicated AI research centre in Shanghai enables us to engage with and benefit from leading edge AI technology developments. We also look to close cooperation with leading Chinese companies willing to implement advanced services based on AI