Dr CJ Tsai, Director of Intelligent Sensing Technology System (ISTS) of ASTRI, was invited to share ASTRI’s latest developments in 3D Machine Vision technologies at C-TOUCH & DISPLAY SHENZHEN 2018 held on 22 November 2018 in Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Centre. The participating team from ASTRI showcased their strong competence in 2D/3D imaging sensing technologies for manufacturing, successful industry application cases such as 2D/3D automatic optical inspection machine, 2D/3D glass defect inspection machine, and intelligent industry robot technologies.
In his keynote presentation to the audience, Dr Tsai shared practical insights in the field of manufacturing industry, exploring the future technological development trends of artificial intelligence, deep learning based machine vision and related industrial inspection applications.
Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury visits ASTRI and inspires its FinTech R&D team to continue the great work
The HKSAR Government’s Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, Honourable Mr James Lau, JP, visited ASTRI on 4 January 2019, leading a delegation of Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau (FSTB) officials. The Secretary exchanged views and opinions on FinTech development in Hong Kong and received an update on ASTRI’s latest FinTech R&D endeavours. Mr Hugh Chow, Chief Executive Officer of ASTRI, welcomed the FSTB delegation to the premises of Hong Kong’s largest applied R&D centre. Dr MeiKei Ieong, Chief Technology Officer and Dr Martin Szeto, Chief Operating Officer, along with other senior executives of ASTRI, were also present on the occasion.
The delegation witnessed presentations and demonstrations from ASTRI’s FinTech R&D teams focusing on Cybersecurity, Blockchain, Data Analytics, as well as the future FinTech development trend in Hong Kong. The delegation was also appraise of ASTRI’s collaborations across the ecosystem including partnerships with regulators, industry players, technology developers, and talent development schemes.
Commenting on the visit, Mr Hugh Chow said, “Hong Kong, as a leading global financial centre with a strong ICT sector, is an ideal nurturing ground for FinTech excellence. ASTRI will continue to explore the FinTech development for Hong Kong. It has been such a great honour to share our inspiration and work with the Honourable Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury.” On behalf of the entire ASTRI team, Mr Chow thanked Mr Lau and the Bureau for “believing in ASTRI and always supporting us with great conviction.”
ASTRI joins HKU Space to help build Hong Kong’s FinTech talent pipeline
Grooming the next generation of technology talents is one of the biggest challenges facing Hong Kong. ASTRI, the largest applied R&D institution in the city, takes on this challenge as part of its overall mission to enhance Hong Kong’s competitiveness in the technology-based sectors. A great milestone to that end accomplished today with ASTRI partnering with HKU Space. Dr Lucas Hui, ASTRI’s Senior Director of Security and Data Sciences, joined the MOU signing ceremony for this partnership. Mr Charles Mok, JP, Legislative Council Member; Professor William Lee, Director of HKU Space; and Mr Frankie Li, Director & Threat Analyst of DTL, joined the occasion too.
Through this partnership, ASTRI’s R&D experts will teach and train the students with practical and industry-relevant content. ASTRI’s Cyber Range facility will also allow the students for hands-on simulated exercise.
With its unique position within the FinTech ecosystem, ASTRI is connected to both the supply and demand ends of the value chain. ASTRI not only provides FinTech and Cybersecurity training to industry professionals and rising talents, it also uses the network across the industry and universities, to inspire potential talents to embrace FinTech as an inspiring career choice.
ASTRI’s R&D expert shares insights at ASM Global Technology Conference 2018
Dr T. John Koo, Director of Cyber-Physical Systems of ASTRI, was invited to speak on “Model-Based Systems Engineering for the Design of Digital and Physical Twins” at the ASM Global Technology Conference 2018. The Conference, with the theme “Enabling Smart Factory”, was held on 8-10 November 2018 in Hong Kong. Over 240 expert participants from more than 11 global sites were invited to the Conference.
Addressing the audience, Dr Koo shared his experience and insights on the adoption of Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) for the design of the Digital and Physical Twins of Collaborative Mobile Manipulator (CMM) that support the realisation of Digital Manufacturing.
Delegation from China Advanced Semiconductor Industry Innovation Alliance visits ASTRI
A delegation of China Advanced Semiconductor Industry Innovation Alliance (CASA) led by its Chairperson Ms Wu Ling visited ASTRI on 29 October 2018. Ms Wu was accompanied by Mr Liu Zhiming, Deputy Inspector, Department of Education, Scientific and Technological Affairs, Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the HKSAR. Mr Hugh Chow, Chief Executive Officer, Dr Meikei Ieong, Chief Technology Officer, and Dr Daniel Shi, Senior Director, Electronics Components welcomed the delegates to ASTRI premises.
During the visit, Ms Wu discussed the development of China’s semiconductor industry in the past decade including the establishment of CASA three years ago, as well as the recent launch of China’s 3rd generation semiconductor power electronics roadmap (ITRW), of which ASTRI has taken part in the development process. Ms Wu also talked about China’s vision for future development of the 3rd generation semiconductors.
Mr Liu Zhiming pointed out that Hong Kong can leverage its unique advantages to strengthen the R&D collaboration between Mainland and Hong Kong. The aim is to contribute to the national aspirations for a leading international position in innovation and technology. Development in the advanced semiconductors sector will be a key enabler to that.
Thanking the delegation for visiting ASTRI, Mr Hugh Chow said, “We share the strong optimism about the development prospects of China’s advanced semiconductors industry.” ASTRI, with its strengths and capabilities, “will continue to partner with CASA to contribute to the development of the industry.”
Inspiring Hong Kong to a smart future, ASTRI takes part in InnoCarnival 2018 in a phenomenally festive mood
ASTRI, participating in InnoCarnival 2018 organised by the Innovation and Technology Commission of the HKSAR Government, showcased a number of smart technologies that will help transform Hong Kong into a world-class Smart City. As the largest applied R&D centre in the city, ASTRI not only innovates smart solutions that benefit Hong Kong’s economy and the communities, it also helps to inspire Hong Kong residents about the infinite power of technology in shaping our future. ASTRI has taken part in the HKSAR Government’s ‘InnoTech Month’ campaign since 2010 –InnoCarnival is part of the month-long campaign. The 2018 edition of InnoCarnival took place at Hong Kong Science Park from 3-11 November 2018. ASTRI’s pavilion showcased a number of Smart City technologies including Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X), Palm Fusion Biometric Authentication, Blockchain for financial services, Naked-eye 3D and other display technologies, Smart Pole, Narrowband Internet-of-Things (NB-IoT), Smart Parking, Smart Community, and Mixed Language Chatbot.
On the Carnival’s opening day, a number of senior officials visited ASTRI’s pavilion including Mr Paul Chan – Financial Secretary, Dr David Chung – Acting Secretary for Innovation and Technology, two members of the Legislative Council – Mr Charles Mok and Ir Dr Lo Wai-kwok, Mr Cheuk Wing-hing – Permanent Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Ms Annie Choi – Commissioner for Innovation and Technology, Mr Ivan Lee – Deputy Commissioner for Innovation and Technology, and Mr Albert Wong – Chairperson of Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation. Mr Wong Ming-yam – Chairman, Mr Hugh Chow – Chief Executive Officer, and Dr MeiKei Ieong – Chief Technology Officer welcomed the esteemed guests to ASTRI’s pavilion and briefed them on ASTRI’s Smart City innovation endeavour.
The innovations demonstrated at ASTRI’s pavilion attracted a large number of technology enthusiasts and ordinary Hong Kongers alike – old and young, students and teachers, children and families coming in large flocks to learn about Hong Kong’s Smart City ambitions. Two on-site games – a ‘Connected Car Simulation’ experience and a ‘Match and Win’ game on ‘Smart Technologies for Smart Living’ – became instantly popular among the younger crowd. Visitors to the pavilion also showed keen interest in the Naked-eye 3D TV and ASTRI’s dynamic Smart Pole.
In addition, ASTRI has helped to inspire Hong Kong into a tech-powered future by facilitating four workshops for over 200 primary and secondary students – explaining ‘Smart City and IOT’ to the generation who will build and shape Hong Kong’s future. Meanwhile we are also facilitating two seminars each attended by around 50 people respectively on ‘Connected Cars and V2X Technology’ and ‘Multifaceted Applications of 5G’.
Sharing his experience at the Carnival, ASTRI’s CEO Mr Hugh Chow said, “It has been really marvellous to see so many kids, families, students and teachers coming to learn about ASTRI’s Smart City technologies. Together, we will build a smart future for the city we all call ‘home’.”
ASTRI remains committed to the ‘Spirit of Hong Kong, Powered by Technology’ in its innovation journey.
ASTRI gets onboard the ‘Fun to [email protected]’ programme to cultivate students’ interest in sport with the help of technology
ASTRI recently partnered with the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) in the ‘Fun to Move @JC’ initiative – a five-year pilot programme to develop a sustainable model that enhances primary students’ physical activity level. The programme will aim to improve the students’ efficiency and motivation in sports through creating systemic changes in their lifelong attitude and habits related to physical activities.
The ‘Fun to Move @JC’ initiative serves over 30,000 students from 35 primary schools in Hong Kong. In the long run, we hope the valuable experiences we can accumulate from this pilot could be further developed to facilitate the development of positive behavioural and psychosocial well-being of students in Hong Kong.
Fun to [email protected] was officially launched on 8 November 2018. Ms Michelle Li – Director of Leisure and Cultural Services Department of the HKSAR Government, Professor Rocky Tuan – Vice Chancellor and President of CUHK, and Mr Leong Cheung – Executive Director (Charities and Community) of HKJC officiated the launch ceremony. Mr Andy Lam – Director of Mobile and IoT Platforms, represented ASTRI in the event.
ASTRI, along with the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, is one of the co-organisers of the Fun to [email protected] programme created jointly by HKJC and CUHK.
ASTRI’s R&D experts share latest developments in FinTech with ICAC professionals
ASTRI’s senior R&D experts recently facilitated in a session on FinTech organised at the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) premises. Dr Lucas Hui – Senior Director of Security and Data Science and Dr Yu Tao – Director for Data Analytics joined other industry experts to share their insights and experiences. Dr Lucas Hui discussed the application and security aspects of Blockchain technology in the financial services sector while Dr Yu Tao focused on Big Data Analytics in FinTech.
ASTRI is a pioneering FinTech R&D centre in this region specialising in sophisticated research and application development for the sector. Our FinTech experts develop solutions that leverage Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence, strengthen cybersecurity, make sense of big data, and provide valuable proofs-of-concept that benefit the entire industry.
Fujian delegation led by Provincial Party Secretary Mr Yu Weiguo visits ASTRI
Fujian Provincial Party Secretary Mr Yu Weiguo, joined by Mr Nicholas Yang Wei-hsiung, Secretary for Innovation and Technology of the HKSAR Government, visited ASTRI on 8 October 2018 along with some 30 Government officials from the Province. The delegation sought to understand the technological developments of ASTRI. ASTRI’s Chairman Mr Wang Ming-yam and CEO, Mr Hugh Chow welcomed the delegation at the Smart City Innovation Centre. The visitors witnessed a series of ASTRI’s latest R&D achievements.
ASTRI’s R&D expert shares insights on Digital Transformation at 2018 IBM AI Solution Summit
Dr T John Koo, Director of Cyber-Physical Systems of ASTRI, was invited to speak on the topic ‘Enabling Digital Transformation in Connected Manufacturing’ at the 2018 IBM AI Solution Summit held on 14 September 2018 in Shanghai, China.
Dr Koo discussed the construction of Digital Twin through using Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) for enabling Digital Transformation in Connected Manufacturing.