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Director's Message

RIAIoT is a cross-disciplinary research platform developing next generation smart IoT empowered by AI.
Director of RIAIoT
Dean (GS), ADoUBDA, Chair Professor of Distributed and Mobile Computing, Otto Poon Charitable Foundation Professor in Data Science 

Prof. Jiannong CAO

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence of Things (RIAIoT) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU).

RIAIoT is established in May 2021, one of the research institutes under PolyU Academy for Interdisciplinary Research (PAIR) which is a hub for research and innovation operating across disciplines.

Internet of Things (IoT) is referred to as a network of physical devices that are embedded with sensors, software, and network connectivity, and enabled to transmit data and automate tasks. To solve big global challenges, RIAIoT gathers experts across diverse disciplines to identify new problems and find new angles to solve existing problems in tackling grand challenges, making a much higher impact on academia, industry, and society. We adopt a problem-driven approach, which begins with the identification of major challenging problems in our focused application fields. Initially, we have identified four important application fields with the potential for contributing to the needs of Hong Kong and the world, namely Smart infrastructure & construction, Smart connected health, Smart connected vehicles and Smart connected logistics.

In the future, RIAIoT will organize international conferences and symposiums in areas related to AIoT, promoting our research and achievements and providing a forum for exchange of ideas with regional or international participants. We will publish high-quality papers and file patents reporting our research and development results. We target at obtaining over HK$30M grants for major projects funded by funding agencies and organizations. At the same time, we will train PhD students and practitioners in AIoT.

RIAIoT is young, dynamic and distinctive. We are living in a world where technology is evolving in a rapid pace and grand challenges facing humans today need solutions beyond Individual disciplines. As the Director of RIAIoT, I encourage you to join us in breaking traditional academic boundaries and broadening our reach through partnerships within the community, industry, academia in Hong Kong and beyond.

Prof. Jiannong Cao
Director of Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence of Things,
Dean of Graduate School,
Otto Poon Charitable Foundation Professor in Data Science,
Chair Professor of Distributed and Mobile Computing

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