CAIR and HKPC Launch Joint Lab To Develop AI, Robotics

A new joint laboratory has been established in Hong Kong to leverage the strengths of academia and industry to foster smart manufacturing as well as industrial upgrading and transformation.

The Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (CAIR), Hong Kong Institute of Science & Innovation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) have recently announced the establishment of the CAIR-HKPC Joint Lab to tackle the challenges around the adoption of AI and robotics technologies.

Deploying AI 

To be set up at CAIR and HKPC Building, the Joint Lab will focus on the application of large cross-modal, pre-trained AI models for industrial and business deployments. It will also explore human-computer interaction techniques such as the application of tactile sensor technology and image processing, among others.

Specifically, the Joint Lab aims to deepen the collaboration among industry, academia, and research institutes, accelerate technology transfer of research achievements in AI and Robotics, and promote the development of related industries through joint R&D projects and exchange programs.

Based on the needs of enterprises, the Joint Lab will provide R&D and innovative applied technology solutions in fields such as intelligent systems, intelligent equipment, intelligent robots, digital modeling, and analysis technologies. It will include customized automatic equipment, advanced manufacturing solutions, and intelligent product development services.

This is the first joint lab that CAIR has launched with a Hong Kong statutory organization with a distinct focus on technology transfer and applications of scientific and technological breakthroughs, according to the release.

The Joint Lab is strategically positioned to act in concert with national-level policies in AI and robotics-related industries to fully tap the market potential of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

“The CAIR-HKPC Joint Lab fully embodies the strengths of both organizations, with CAIR's leading research capabilities and HKPC's cutting-edge expertise and solid experience in providing innovative solutions and applied technology services for Hong Kong enterprises,” said Dr. Bo Xu, the director of CAIR and president of the Institute of Automation at CAIR.

“As Hong Kong's booming [innovation and technology] sector has gained more vigor and momentum for rapid development, CAIR will enhance our research capabilities in pioneering fields such as [the] basic theory of new-generation AI, new human-computer interaction technology, advanced health-oriented robotics technology, and cross-modal open-source AI platform technology,” he added.

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