In support of the Hong Kong government’s new initiative, InnoHK Clusters, which aims to make Hong Kong a hub for global research collaboration, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has partnered with to world-renowned institutions to develop research centers under two new established research hubs – AIR @ InnoHK (focused on artificial intelligence and robotic technologies) and Health @ InnoHK (focused on healthcare technologies health), with the aim of bringing together leading researchers from around the world to conduct impactful collaborative research in Hong Kong.

PolyU is pleased to establish three world-class research centers at Hong Kong Science Park as part of the government-funded InnoHK initiative. These three centers, which have started to operate, are i) the Artificial Intelligence in Design Laboratory (AiDLab), ii) the Center for Advances in Reliability and Safety (CAiRS) and iii) the Center for Eye and Vision Research (CEVR) ).

PolyU also became the first local collaborating institution of “Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, Hong Kong Institute of Science and Innovation, Chinese Academy of Sciences”. Established by the Automation Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), the Center has been admitted to AIR @ InnoHK under InnoHK Clusters. With a close and long-standing collaborative relationship, PolyU and CAS, on the basis of their existing cooperation, will carry out more in-depth research collaboration and academic exchange activities in the field of frontier research in data science and in artificial intelligence, to jointly promote the development of the AI ​​industry.

PolyU President and Rector said that by partnering with world-renowned institutions to establish research centers in InnoHK’s two research hubs, PolyU aims to take full advantage of the academic strengths of each institution to achieve significant advances in research and thus create impactful technology that stimulates the economy and brings benefits to society.

The Assistant Vice Chancellor and Rector of the Royal College of Art noted that the strategic partnership integrates AI into the design of products and services, providing research vital to understanding the future of society and the economy, questioning future demands and humanizing the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The director of the Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE) at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA, said the collaboration between PolyU and CALCE, which aims to conduct research and development to enable a advanced design and manufacture, and testing the next generation of reliable and safe electronics and components for transportation, consumer products, telecommunication systems, utilities and other applications in Hong Kong.

Together, it is hoped that a new paradigm for reliability science can be developed and that personalized product health management for different industrial sectors, using reliability and safety analyzes based on artificial intelligence in time. real, in situ, could be promoted.

Going forward, PolyU will continue its efforts to meet the ever changing needs of society by promoting high impact research and encouraging collaborations with world renowned institutes, industry partners as well as government, to further contribute to future research centers. InnoHK.

Artificial Intelligence in Design Laboratory (AiDLab)

In collaboration with the Royal College of Art, UK, PolyU created AiDLab as part of the AIR @ InnoHK cluster to integrate innovative AI technologies into design to meet society’s creativity needs , efficiency and personalization of products and services. AiDLab is the world’s leading research laboratory specializing in interdisciplinary innovations in AI and design. His cutting-edge research will have impacts on society, industry and policies that will improve the quality of life. Three research programs at AiDLab include ergonomic and inclusive design, innovation in product and service design, and intelligent fashion design and quality control.

Center for Advances in Reliability and Safety (CAiRS)

CAiRS was initiated by PolyU as part of the AIR @ InnoHK cluster and the main research collaborator is the University of Maryland, College Park, USA. CAiRS’s mission is to develop new approaches using AI methodologies for personalized management and to ensure the reliability and safety of products and systems used in robotics, medical devices, vehicles, telecommunications, products consumer, utilities, transportation, microelectronics, electrical devices, sensors and IoT products as well as a wide range of advanced manufacturing applications. These research applications and deliverables will significantly contribute to the development of the smart city.

Five research programs at CAiRS, namely Anomaly Detection and Syndromic Surveillance, Innovative Diagnostics for Product Health Management, Prognosis for Remaining Service Life Assessment, Safety Assurance to improve functional safety and data analysis platform for reliability have started.

Eye and Vision Research Center (CEVR)

As part of the Health @ InnoHK cluster, CEVR was set up as a joint partnership between PolyU and the University of Waterloo, Canada. CEVR promotes eye health through clinical, basic and applied research, and develops breakthrough technologies to prevent vision loss and preserve sight among the aging population. CEVR manages five research programs, namely Myopia and Ocular Growth, Ocular Drug Discovery and Administration, Vision Improvement, Tear Film and Ocular Surface and Advanced Optometric Technology.