ASTRI has been delivering world-class innovations in support of Government strategies in developing Hong Kong into a technological centre. We put the utmost emphasis on technology transfer for the purposes of commercialisation. By fostering industry collaboration, we hope to enhance the competitive edge of enterprises and help them capture new business opportunities.
ASTRI's research work is mainly carried out by the following four major technology groups:
These four groups also form the cornerstones of the Information and Communications Technologies R&D Centre (ICT RDC) initiated by the Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC), and housed at ASTRI to jointly pursue research topics for substantive industrial impact with research institutions, industry and academia in Hong Kong. In the coming years, most of ASTRI's research work will be conducted under the ICT RDC.
ICT R&D programmes are formulated to bring not only strategic "applications" that are transferable to industry enhancing their competitiveness, but also to build and strengthen "technical competencies" or "platform technologies" that continuously spawn a multitude of future applications.
While we continue to focus on the core R&D technologies, a new Bio-Medical Electronics (BME) team was established within ASTRI in March 2009 to perform research and development in the biomedical electronics domain with the mission to establish Hong Kong and Pearl River Delta (PRD) as a leading, international centre for applied research in the field. It is hoped that ASTRI's unique and disruptive IP and applied technologies in bio-medical electronics will be transferred to corporations for the purpose of commercialization.
Furthermore, an Exploratory Research Laboratory was established in 2011 to perform research on emerging and interdisciplinary technologies.
As far as our R&D direction is concerned, ASTRI seeks to strike a 70:30 balance between sustaining technology and disruptive technology. In addition to developing high-end innovative technologies, ASTRI also hopes to cultivate high quality but "inexpensive" technologies of an applied nature that have significant and far reaching impact on specific markets, including those on the Mainland. We are determined to undertake an increased number of disruptive technology projects with the hope that these projects, when completed, would effectively improve the quality of life for people all over the world.