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.

    Inspiring Hong Kong to a smart future, ASTRI takes part in InnoCarnival 2018 in a phenomenally festive mood
    Inspiring Hong Kong to a smart future, ASTRI takes part in InnoCarnival 2018 in a phenomenally festive mood
    Inspiring Hong Kong to a smart future, ASTRI takes part in InnoCarnival 2018 in a phenomenally festive mood
    Inspiring Hong Kong to a smart future, ASTRI takes part in InnoCarnival 2018 in a phenomenally festive mood
    Inspiring Hong Kong to a smart future, ASTRI takes part in InnoCarnival 2018 in a phenomenally festive mood

    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, 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 gets onboard the ‘Fun to [email protected]’ programme to cultivate students’ interest in sport with the help of technology

    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.

    Fujian Provincial Party Secretary Mr Yu Weiguo (Center) and the Secretary for Innovation and Technology Nicholas Yang Wei-hsiung (3rd from left) visited ASTRI. Mr Hugh Chow, CEO of ASTRI (2nd from left) and Mr Wong Ming-yam (2nd from right), Chairman of ASTRI welcomed the delegation.
    The delegation was impressed by ASTRI’s solutions.

    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.

    ASTRI’s R&D expert shares insights on Digital Transformation at 2018 IBM AI Solution Summit

    Delegation from HKSAR Government’s Intellectual Property Department visits ASTRI

  • A delegation from the Intellectual Property Department (IPD) consisting the Director of Intellectual Property, Ms Ada Leung; the Deputy Director of Intellectual Property, Ms Maria Ng; and other officials visited ASTRI on 6 September 2018. Mr Hugh Chow, ASTRI’s Chief Executive Officer – accompanied by Dr Justin Chuang, Vice President of Next Generation Network and other senior executives – welcomed the delegation at the ASTRI’s Smart City Innovation Centre.

    The delegation witnessed various demonstrations of ASTRI’s Smart City and Next Generation Network related solutions. They also took part in an insightful discussion on creation, management and utilisation of Intellectual Property (IP) at ASTRI. Dr KC Sum, Head of IP and Knowledge Management and Mr Barry Yen, Director of Commercialisation briefed the delegation on IP-related processes and practices at ASTRI. It is worth mentioning that, as the largest Government-funded applied R&D institution in Hong Kong, ASTRI has a prolific track record of over 700 patents already added to its repertoire.

    A delegation from HKSAR Government’s Intellectual Property Department visited ASTRI

    Policy Innovation and Co-ordination Office delegation visits ASTRI

  • A delegation from the Policy Innovation and Co-ordination Office (PICO) visited ASTRI on 12 September 2018. The delegation was led by Mr Laurie Lo, JP, Deputy Head accompanied by other officials of PICO. The delegation learnt about various R&D initiatives of ASTRI and exchanged views with ASTRI’s CEO Mr Hugh Chow and Chief Technology Officer Dr MeiKei Ieong. The discussions covered issues related to Hong Kong’s development in the area of innovation and technology.

    Mr Laurie Lo, JP, Deputy Head of PICO (sixth from the right) accompanied by other officials visited ASTRI on 12 September 2018.
    ASTRI’s R&D professionals demonstrated the latest R&D projects like optical inspection for environment, food and health to the delegation.

    ASTRI and its partners join the launch ceremony of INDEX: FHKI’s latest initiative to support start-ups

  • ASTRI supported the Federation of Hong Kong Industries (FHKI) for the launch of a new shared platform for the start-up entrepreneurs in the city. Launched on 12 September 2018, INDEX is an initiative that will create opportunities for start-ups and SMEs to innovate, collaborate and network while exploring emerging prospects for growth.

    ASTRI demonstrated two of its latest innovations at the event ─  the Palm Fusion Biometric Authentication system and the Augmented Reality Head-mount Display (AR-HMD) solution.  These two technologies are the collaboration outcomes with ASTRI’s industrial partners, Smart Secure ID (SSID) from Switzerland and Profit Peak Hong Kong (PPK) from Hong Kong respectively to provide turnkey development platform solutions for start-ups and SMEs. Mr Kenny Chan, Senior Manager of Opto-electronics, was among ASTRI’s R&D experts who demonstrated the innovative technologies, and shared views and experiences with the guests.

    The Honourable Mr Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, GBM, GBS, JP, Chief Secretary of the HKSAR Government, and the Honourable Mr Nicholas Yang Wei-hsiung, GBS, JP, Secretary for Innovation and Technology of the HKSAR Government, officiated the launch event.

    Mr. Kenny Chan, Senior Manager of Opto-electronics demonstrates AR-HMD to Mr. Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, Chief Secretary of the HKSAR Government (2nd from right), Mr. Christopher Kwok (3rd from right), Executive Director of Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP) and, Mr. Jimmy Kwok(1st from left), Chairman of Federation of Hong Kong Industries (FHKI).
    Mr. Matthew Cheung, Chief Secretary of the HKSAR Government, wearing ASTRI’s AR-HMD
    Mr. Kenny Chan demonstrated Palm Fusion Biometric Authentication system to Hong Kong Media
    Special thanks to Ms. Rachel Hong, Managing Director of Profit Peak Hong Kong Holdings Limited for supporting the application software development of ASTRI’s AR-HMD

    ASTRI partners with organisers of CIOE to host three successful technology forums

  • The 20th China International Opto-electronic Exposition (CIOE) 2018 took place at the Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Centre from 5-8 September 2018. To fully leverage this massive congregation of  industry players and professionals, ASTRI partnered with the event’s organisers and hosted three forums. The forums covered the following key topics that are highly relevant for the sector:

    1。Artificial Intelligence (AI) in manufacturing
    2。Next generation display and sensing technologies
    3。Optical inspection for environment, food and healthcare

    At the forums, ASTRI’s R&D professionals shared their knowledge and insights on the latest industry trends, and exchanged experiences with some of the best and brightest minds in the sector. For instance, ‘AI and Machine Vision’, ‘Industrial IoT’ and ‘Industry 4.0’ were discussed at length by experts from companies including Prevision Technology Ltd. NEC China and Advantech China. Professor Aaron Ho Ho-pui from the Department of  Biomedical Engineering, the Chinese University of Hong Kong delivered an opening speech on the exciting optical technologies for environmental management, food quality and healthcare sectors. Mr Kenny Chan, Senior Manager of ASTRI’s Opto-electronics team shared a presentation on ‘Smart Optics for Augmented Reality Display and Sensing’. The Display and Sensing Technology forum also attracted a lot of attention from the event’s visitors. ASTRI’s R&D experts were also invited to speak at the ‘Optics+ Automotive Applications Forum’ and ‘Optics+ Mobile Communication Forum’.

    ASTRI continues to work with the industry to facilitate exchange of ideas and experiences, and supports stronger collaboration among various players in the overall technology ecosystem.

    ASTRI partnered with organisers of CIOE to host three successful technology forums
    ASTRI partnered with organisers of CIOE to host three successful technology forums
    ASTRI partnered with organisers of CIOE to host three successful technology forums

    Supported by ASTRI, one of the largest Opto-electronics industry shows takes place in Shenzhen

  • The China International Opto-electronic Expo (CIOE), one of the largest industry events in the sector, took place at the Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Centre from 5-8 September 2018. This year’s event marked marks the 20th anniversary of the Expo – ASTRI actively participated in this edition of the Expo. CIOE is an annual event for the Opto-electronic sector, with experts and professionals connecting with each other to explore the sector’s future development trends and opportunities. Over 3,200 eminent organisations took part participate in the Expo, representing sectors including Artificial Intelligence for manufacturing and Next-Generation Display. Sensor technologies such as  optical inspection of environment, food and health also featured in this mega event.

    In recognition of its active support and participation, ASTRI received the honorary ‘Best Partner Award’ from the organisers of the Expo. ASTRI jointly organised three technical forums at the CIOE focusing on Opto-electronics technology and trends, AI and application development.

    ASTRI fully supports CIOE 2018
    ASTRI received the honorary ‘Best Partner Award’ from the organisers of the Expo.
    ASTRI exhibited the latest display technologies, including AR Display Technology with Eye-gaze tracking and IRIS recognition
    ASTRI exhibited the Smartphone-based Spectrometer for the first time in this year’s CIOE