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Updated: 2022-06-08 08:14 ( China Daily )
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Yuan Xin works on a research paper in a lab at Wuhan University of Science and Technology.[Photo provided to China Daily]

Researcher Yuan Xin learned from a young age that to make a difference, he would need his brain to do the heavy lifting, Yang Feiyue reports.

A childhood accident cost Yuan Xin his right arm.

Yet, the 27-year-old from a small village in Xianning city, Central China's Hubei province, has taken it in his stride and never looked back.

"It was fate's joke on me," Yuan says.

If anything, the loss was converted into an inexhaustible source of motivation, helping him roll with life's punches and shoot for the stars.

With his remaining hand, Yuan has come up with ingenious designs and patents that have earned him more than 60 prizes and awards that are envy of his peers.

"One of the most unforgettable experiences is winning second prize at the Challenge Cup in 2019," says Yuan, who is now pursuing his doctoral degree in computer science at the Wuhan University of Science and Technology.

The Challenge Cup contest was initiated in 1989 and is reputed among Chinese college students as being the Olympics of science and technology.

Yuan's entry focused on the development of a shipborne water cannon that integrates computer-enhanced vision, artificial intelligence and object detection, all of which falls under his field of expertise.

"I settled on it as the project for the competition after I found existing water cannons at the time mostly relied on manual force," he says.

Water cannons are mostly used for targeting and expelling illegitimate fishing boats.

"If we could deliver automatic monitoring and response, a great deal of labor would be saved," Yuan says, adding that it would also enable sharper observation and more efficient control of nautical crime, especially at night.

His idea was adopted by his classmates, and they formed a team of eight for the competition. Yuan was elected the team leader.

They got down to work on the programing and design and took it to a water cannon plant in Jiangsu province and a shipyard in Guangdong province to test and debug their automatic operating system.

"We had to make sure our auto system fit with a real-life cannon and ship, and took into account the wind fluctuation and other factors that would affect the operation of the water cannon," Yuan explains.

"So the field experiment was indispensable."

The preparation lasted for more than a year, and, after much trial and error, Yuan's project eventually succeeded. It managed to offer real-time monitoring, as well as constant ship tracking, alarm and strike capabilities.

The work by Yuan and his team won approval from the judges at the Challenge Cup for its viable operation and big future potential.

The auto water cannon system has since been applied in some regions of the country.

"The whole process was challenging but fulfilling," Yuan says.

It is one of the many similar experiences that have enriched Yuan's life and spurred him onward.

Yuan doesn't remember exactly what happened to him at 3 years old.

According to the accounts of Yuan's parents, he was walking behind his mother who was carrying a load of laundry to wash at a local river across a street, when a truck suddenly came around the corner and headed straight toward him.

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The news conference of the 2022 China International Travel Mart, Kunming, Yunnan province. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]

The 2022 China International Travel Mart was launched in Kunming, Yunnan province today. The three-day event opened at the Kunming Dianchi Lake International Convention and Exhibition Centre, with a theme focusing on smart innovation and high-quality tourism industry aspects.

The news conference was held in the city on Thursday. Zhang Xilong, first class inspector of the Bureau of the International Communication and Cooperation of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of China and Lou Kewei, deputy-director of the Department of Culture and Tourism of Yunnan province presented the meeting along with academy and entrepreneur representatives.

The conference introduced the preparations and relevant activities of the mart, such as a forum on smart tourism and innovation, a symposium on international travel communication and cooperation in the framework of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and a workshop on the China-Laos railway’s contribution to building an Asian community with a shared future.

According to the news meeting, the 2022 travel mart covers about 80,000 square meters, with about 4,200 standard booths. 71 countries and regions attended the event both online and offline, and 31 domestic provinces, cities and autonomous regions and 261 independent exhibition teams.

Online services will be provided to the overseas buyers and sellers in the light of time zones. They could also have a face-to-face negotiation at the mart as well.

The mart also has diverse displays to show culture and tourism, physical education and tourism, as well as overseas tourism and museums.

The National Cultural Heritage Administration, the Palace Museum and museums from other provinces will attend the travel mart.

At the event, Yunnan province will have 2,000 standard booths in four separate sections; each will show culture tourism, healthy lifestyles, physical education tourism and culture tourism consumption.

The travel mart will also stick to the rules of pandemic prevention and control while having the activities go on smoothly.

The news conference of the 2022 China International Travel Mart, Kunming, Yunnan province. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]
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