To drive the industry 4.0 and reindustrialization amid the intensified global competition, high impact collaborative research platforms are established for supporting advanced manufacturing across various industries through sparking innovations, technology development and knowledge transfer with alliances in Hong Kong, the GBA and across the globe.

Aviation Services Research Centre (ASRC) to Support the Aviation Industry with World-class MRO Solutions

The Aviation Services Research Centre (ASRC) is an applied research center set up initially by PolyU and Boeing (Dec 2012), with local aviation companies HAECO and HAESL joining a few months later. The focus is mostly on Aviation related areas in particular the MRO industry. The principal areas of expertise within the ASRC are Automation, Robotics, Multi-axis Machining and Manufacturing, and Non-Destructive Inspection.

 ITDO has arranged visit and exchange to ASRC for local and international organizations from time to time.

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Imperial College London, LIRMM-CNRS University of Montpellier and Shenyang Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Jiangsu Provincial S&T Department, Jiangsu Center of International Technology Transfer

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China Resources Group

Leaders from Shenzhen Futian government

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PolyU, CASICloud and Altai Technologies to Establish the Greater Bay Area Industrial Big Data Laboratory

In 2019, PolyU, CASICloud and Altai Technologies signed a collaborative research agreement to establish the Greater Bay Area Industrial Big Data Laboratory with research facilities in both Hong Kong and Guangzhou. The research lab shall spearhead research on industrial big data, artificial intelligence, industrial internet-of-things and industrial safety, as well as develop research talents in the Greater Bay Area. In conjunction with the strong foundation and background, this tripartite research collaboration will greatly accelerate the pace of development and adoption of industrial big data in the Greater Bay Area and beyond.

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CASIL – PolyU Advance Aerospace Engineering Collaborative Platform

PolyU and China Aerospace International Holdings Ltd. (CASIL), a public-listed subsidiary of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), reached a strategic collaborative research framework agreement to advance aerospace engineering. By forging closer ties between PolyU's research and China aerospace engineering, focusing on robotics, intelligent systems and sustainable energy, the collaboration is expected to result in high-impact and high-value aerospace engineering applications, as well as marketable aerospace products.

A joint laboratory on intelligent systems will be established to pioneer research in robotic design and control, energy-saving and cost-efficient vibration control, intelligent systems or structures for control, measurement, sensing and health monitoring etc. in the aerospace field. The collaborative research framework agreement also encompasses professional exchange, visiting program, taught courses, distinguished lectures, funding support and all kinds of collaborative research both in Chinese Mainland and Hong Kong.

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Chinese National Rail Transit Electrification and Automation Engineering Technology Research Centre (Hong Kong Branch) for HSR Advancing Technologies

Established at PolyU by the State Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) in 2015, Chinese National Rail Transit Electrification and Automation Engineering Technology Research Centre (Hong Kong Branch) (CNERC-Rail) strives for resolutions to pressing technical problems in the railway industry and advancing China’s HSR with technical innovation and translation research. It has proactively built collaboration with various Chinese HSR enterprises and developed international network with renowned academics and professionals.

PolyU and Southwest Jiaotong University take a step forward in strategic partnership to advance the nation's rail transit technologies by setting up the Joint Innovation Center for Rail Transit Safety Monitoring Technology 27 October 2017. PolyU and SWJTU have worked together on various large projects including the Beijing Shanghai HSR (High-speed Railway) and the Lanzhou-Xinjiang HSR project in 2012 and 2014 respectively. Both parties will further leverage their expertise to strengthen the collaboration on research development through the Joint Innovation Center for the enhancement of rail safety to meet the nation's robust demand in rail transit development, providing active support for the Belt and Road Initiative, as well as the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area development plan.

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In 2018, PolyU and Shenzhen University (SZU) spearhead the establishment of the “Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area Rail Transit Joint Innovation Union” with 10 other universities and enterprises. The 12 participating parties signed a MoU in the ceremony held in Shenzhen, signifying the kick-off of the collaborative advancement in the research and development of rail engineering. The Union aims to build an integrated rail transit system within “Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay” (The Greater Bay) by combining the research strengths of the collaborating parties.

The Union will seek research and technological breakthroughs to cater to the tremendous needs of safe operations and maintenance of the rail transit in The Greater Bay. The research efforts will focus on smart sensing and health monitoring of rail infrastructure, safety alert mechanism, disaster resilience program, crisis contingency, and recovery plan etc., to promote safe operation and maintenance of rail transit system.

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Chinese National Engineering Research Centre for Steel Construction (Hong Kong Branch) for Engineering Research and Innovative Applications

The Chinese National Engineering Research Centre for Steel Construction (Hong Kong Branch), also namely as CNERC-Steel at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University contributes to engineering research and innovative applications of high strength steels in construction since 2015, and achievements include:

a) Microstructural change and modified mechanical properties at large deformations under cyclic actions
b) Contribution on Structural Eurocodes in steel construction on effective use of high strength steels
c) Welding technology and quality control on steel plates for Cross Bay Link Bridge in TKO
d) Development of high strength steels in pre-fabricated construction systems and modular integrated construction (MiC) in residential buildings, and long span composite bridges

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Robotic Welding System
Fanuc ARC Mate 100iC

Welding technology on high strength S690m
sections in the Cross Bay Link Bridge

ITDO has worked closely with CNERC-Steel for liaison with various stakeholders including Capital Steel Works Group, Department of Science and Technology of Guangdong Province and different governmental offices for visits and collaborations.

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Visited by Capital Steel Works Group

Visited by Department of Science and Technology of Guangdong

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PolyU – Imperial College London – Shenyang Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences MoU for Advancing Robotics technologies in Ocean Exploration

In 2019, PolyU organised The 1st International Forum on Marine Robotics for international and local experts to share insights on how to advance marine robotic technology and its applications in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area. This is one of the major events initiated by PolyU to foster closer collaborations and explore innovative technologies with top-notch universities and institutes around the world through forming strategic research and development alliances.

Experts speaking at the Forum included Dr. Ravi VAIDYANATHAN, Senior Lecturer in Bio-Mechatronics, Director of International Collaboration, Imperial Robotics Forum, Imperial College London (ICL), UK; Dr Ahmed CHEMORI, Senior Scientist in LIRMM-CNRS University of Montpellier, France; Professor Shuo LI, Deputy Director of Shenyang Institute of Automation (SIA), Chinese Academy of Sciences; and Professor David M LANE, Professor of Autonomous Systems Engineering, Director of Edinburgh Centre for Robotics, Heriot-Watt University, The University of Edinburgh. They shared themes that covered bio-mechatronic sensory motor control, autonomous underwater vehicles, marine robotics for deep-sea exploration and operation. The professionals exchanged valuable views and experiences on marine robotics technologies.

Prior to this International Forum, PolyU has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with ICL and SIA respectively. The two MoUs reinforce the partnership between PolyU and the top research institutions of related areas and firmly declare the intentions of advancing joint research, particularly in the areas of innovative robotics technologies in relation to ocean exploration as well as ocean exploitation for scientific research and civilian applications.

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