Flagship I&T initiative InnoHK officially launched
As the flagship Innovation &Technology initiative of the HKSAR Government, InnoHK was established with a view to promoting Hong Kong as a hub for global research collaboration. Two research clusters are already in place - AIR@InnoHK (focusing on artificial intelligence and robotics technologies) and Health@InnoHK (focusing on healthcare related technologies).
Spearheaded by the Innovation and Technology Commission, InnoHK has received an overwhelming response from many world-renowned universities and research institutions. A total of 28 research centres have been admitted to the initiative, bringing together thousands of researchers from around the world to conduct collaborative research in Hong Kong.
Last month, the InnoHK Launch Ceremony was held at the Hong Kong Science Park, where the Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam presided, with PolyU’s President Prof. Jin-Guang Teng and other officiating guests attending. Three hundred leading researchers from the 28 research laboratories and I&T industry leaders attended the event physically, while hundreds of researchers from various research centres joined the event online.
Addressing the guests, given that the SAR is endowed with a series of unparalleled advantages, the Chief Executive expressed her strong faith in the long-term development of Hong Kong's I&T industry. She said, “These 28 research centres will not only translate their impactful research into applications that bring good for humankind but also attract and nurture more research talents, thereby developing Hong Kong into a hub for global research collaboration.”
At PolyU, we are pleased to see that three pioneering centres jointly established by the University in collaboration with world-renowned institutions have already commenced operation and are conducting impactful research. The three research centres are the Laboratory for Artificial Intelligence in Design (AiDLab) with the Royal College of Art; the Centre for Advances in Reliability and Safety (CAiRS) with the University of Maryland, College Park; and the Centre for Eye and Vision Research with the University of Waterloo.
Prior to the Launch Ceremony, Professor Teng visited PolyU’s three InnoHK Research Centres to learn more about their progress and advanced facilities.
For further details about the InnoHK initiative, please visit the website www.innohk.gov.hk.
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