HKU and Tohoku University sign Agreement on Collaborations in Transformative AI and Robotics Technologies

The University of Hong Kong (HKU) signed an agreement with Tohoku University, Japan (Tohokudai) on 16 March, 2019 to collaborate on general academic exchange, as well as research of transformative artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics technologies. The partnership will transform and upgrade AI and robotics technology with the outstanding research and academic achievements of the two universities. This collaboration is aimed at opening up new technologies for the transformation of the manufacturing industry and of mega cities.

The collaboration between HKU and Tohokudai is a strategic one that brings together top researchers from both universities to focus on cutting-edge research and application development in the fields of transformative artificial intelligence and robotics, including establishing a Centre with the theme being Transformative AI / Robotics Technologies (TransART), to spearhead projects around transforming manufacturing industries and mega cities through the application of AI and Robotics.

Under the collaboration, the team hopes to transform and upgrade the technologies of AI and robotics, to improve the automation technology and to develop smart and flexible robots with self-learning ability that are adaptable to different environment and materials, such as handling 3-dimensional elastic or flexible materials.

In the future, the research team will focus to optimise the technology of industrial robots and collaborative robots, identify bottlenecks and tackle critical issues using the newly developed technology in traditional industries like the manufacturing and garment industry. It also plans to make use of AI and Big Data to upgrade existing applications like evacuation planning, post-disaster management system and develop rescue robots etc.


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