The Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association (HKEIA) signed a Statement of Intent today with the Faculty of Engineering (FENG) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) on 18 July 2019 to collaborate in talent and application development of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and to establish an AI Laboratory on PolyU’s campus to support relevant research in Hong Kong.
We have invited Mr Nicholas W Yang, GBS, JP, Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Innovation and Technology Bureau, HKSAR, Prof. Roy Chung Chi-ping, BBS, JP and Ir Prof. Alex WAI, Vice President (Research Development) of PolyU as guest of witnesses, and we have invited Prof. H.C. Man, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, PolyU and Dr C.H. Ng, Chairman of HKEIA to sign the agreement.
The electronics industry accounts for nearly 70% of Hong Kong’s total export trade. Therefore, as a leading Industry Association in innovation, the HKEIA will establish Artificial Intelligence Empowered Industries Alliance (AIEIA) and takes an initiative to organize collaboration with industry and academics to train management and R&D professionals with artificial intelligence applications. To achieve both parties’ research objectives, HKEIA will support the establishment of an AI Laboratory at the FENG and donate HK$3 million for purchasing equipment, including NVIDIA® DGX-2™, which is among the fastest AI supercomputer platforms in the world. It is also the first of its kind to be installed in Hong Kong and Macau.
At the AI Laboratory, PolyU researchers and students will work alongside members of HKEIA to conduct impactful research and help industry develop and deliver practical data-driven models and solutions.
Under the agreement, both parties will organise training in AI for HKEIA members, conduct research with industry stakeholders, encourage collaboration in AI between companies, and hold joint networking and briefing sessions during business missions.
One of the main priorities of the training programmes will be to equip industry professionals and engineers with AI-relevant skills. Joint webinars and seminars, workshops and other events will also be organised to explain AI-based technologies, products, services, and standards in the electronics industry and related sectors.
The collaboration between PolyU and HKEIA will meet the fast-growing need for engineering talent and expertise in AI, a critical technology in Hong Kong’s plans to promote re-industrialisation and the development of a smart city.