ASTRI seeks industry partnership on R&D projects
[Hong Kong, 28 September 2011]
Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) held its annual Industry and University Consultation Forum (IUCF) at the Hong Kong Science Park today (28 September) to introduce its latest development and more than 120 technical programmes (project list
) to the industries and the academia, attracting about 250 participants to the event. An opening ceremony was staged at the Charles K. Kao Auditorium in the morning with Miss Janet Wong, Commissioner for Innovation and Technology, Hong Kong SAR Government, officiating.
ASTRI CEO Dr Cheung Nim-kwan delivering his welcoming remarks at 2011 ASTRI IUCF.
In his welcoming remarks, Dr Cheung Nim-kwan, Chief Executive Officer of ASTRI, said that one of the keys of success in capturing the business opportunities in the expanding China market is the accessibility and ownership of self-initiated technological innovations. “In this area, ASTRI has plenty to offer and share. We are currently undertaking or planning around 120 R&D projects. We own more than 150 US or China patents with a few hundreds pending. We sign close to a hundred contracts a year to transfer technology to our partners,” Dr Cheung said.
Commissioner for Innovation and Technology Miss Janet Wong delivering a presentation on the government’s policies promoting the development of innovation and technology in Hong Kong.
The one-day IUCF featured presentations by ASTRI's R&D leaders on its latest technology initiatives in Communications Technologies, Enterprise & Consumer Electronics, IC Design, Material & Packaging Technologies and Bio-Medical Electronics. Highlights included LTE-Advanced User Equipment, LTE Femtocell Gateway System, Advance Water Seepage Detection Platform, BeiDou+GPS Combo Receiver, Smart CE Operating System, Telehealth Technology Platform, Proximity-based Biometric Identification System, eLearning Cloud, Stereoscopic Image Signal Processor, High‐Speed and Agile Direct Digital Synthesizer, Micro‐Inverters for Renewable Energy Generation, LED Packaging Solution, Pico‐projector Technology, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Concentrating Wind Charger, Minimally Invasive Surgery Goggle and High‐Speed Virtual Microscope for Digital Pathology. Panel discussions, business matching meetings and laboratory tours were also arranged.
ASTRI CEO Dr Cheung Nim-kwan (centre) pictured with representatives of the supporting organizations (from left): Mr K.C. Leung, Vice Chairman, Industry and Technology Committee, Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce; Dr Measure Hung, Vice Chairman, The Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association and Vice President, CEO Club; Ir Daniel Cheng, Deputy Chairman, Federation of Hong Kong Industries; Mrs Katherine Ngan, Vice President, The Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong; Ir Albert Chu, Chairman, The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (Electronics Division); Mr Joseph Poon, Director of Technology Development Branch, Hong Kong Productivity Council; Mr Eldon Yeung, Chairman, Hong Kong Public Key Infrastructure Forum Ltd.; and Mr Anthony Tan, CEO, Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation.
ASTRI organized IUCF to inform potential partners of the institute’s latest technical developments, solicit suggestions for future R&D projects and cultivate opportunities to establish collaborations. The Forum was also held at the Sheraton Shenzhen Futian Hotel in Shenzhen on 7 September drawing close to 500 participants from the mainland’s industries, academia and research institutes.
ASTRI was founded by the Hong Kong SAR Government in 2000 with the mission to enhance Hong Kong's competitiveness and sustainable growth in technology-based industries. ASTRI undertakes innovative and customer-focused research and development to meet the needs of industry and seeks to transfer its innovative technologies to industry, contributing to the continuous elevation of Hong Kong's competitive strength and improvement of the public's quality of life.
About 250 guests from the industry and academia attended the ASTRI IUCF today.
The 2011 IUCF is supported by Innovation and Technology Commission of the Hong Kong SAR Government; Shenzhen Science, Industry, Trade and Information Technology Commission; The Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong; Communications Association of Hong Kong; Federation of Hong Kong Industries; The Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association; Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce; Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (Electronics Division); CEO Club; Hong Kong Productivity Council; Hong Kong Public Key Infrastructure Forum Limited; Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation; PKU-HKUST ShenZhen-HongKong Institution; Shenzhen International Science & Technology Business Platform; Innovated Technology Property Exchange; and Shenzhen Nanshan Science & Technology Institute.