The application of robots to our daily lives is becoming more extensive, such as in medical applications where they can be used for the development of sophisticated surgical instruments, or in home applications such as taking care of elderly people or in rehabilitation equipment, as well as other social, industrial and commercial uses.
The University of Hong Kong (HKU) will sign an agreement with Tohoku University, Japan (Tohokudai) 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.
While HKU has a strong platform technology in the areas of Computer Vision, Sensing, Control, Motion and Planning, Systems Integration and Modeling and Simulation, Tohokudai, being one of the three original Imperial Universities in Japan and one of the top universities in Japan for programmes in robotics, is recognised for its cutting-edge applications such as creating human-friendly robots which enable intelligent exchanges with humans for society and industry use.
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.
The team intend to apply for the next round of the HKSAR government's major initiative, AIR@InnoHK under the Innovation & Technology Commission.
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