Mr Hugh Chow – Chief Executive Officer of ASTRI, Dr Daniel Shi – Senior Director, and Dr Xie Bin – Principal Engineer, recently visited several important scientific research institutions in Beijing, including the Institute of Microelectronics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Beijing Collaborative Innovation Institute and the Strategic Industry Alliance for Third Generation Semiconductor Technology Innovation. The visit involved exploration of various applied technology fields such as integrated circuits and systems, 5G and others. ASTRI’s senior executives exchanged views on future collaboration opportunities in the Guangdong–Hong Kong–Macao Greater Bay Area.
Third Generation Semiconductor technologies represent an important future development strategy for the country. ASTRI’s delegation met with Ms Wu Ling – Chairperson of the Strategic Industry Alliance for Third Generation Semiconductor Technology Innovation. They discussed the development of Third Generation Semiconductor applications in 5G communications, electric as well as unmanned vehicles, railways, DC buildings, energy routers, photovoltaic inverters, among other topics. The delegation and its counterparts agreed to strengthen collaboration and exchange in the field of Third Generation Semiconductor applications. Promoting a healthy development of this sector in Guangdong–Hong Kong–Macao Greater Bay Area is an important priority in the context of overall national development strategy.
ASTRI supported the China International Opto-electronic Expo (CIOE)- one of the largest industry shows for Opto-electronics
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 4-7 September 2019. This year’s event marked marks the 21th anniversary of the Expo. This annual event gathers experts and professionals from the Opto-electronic and Sensor sectors, facilitation exchange and exploration of future development trends and opportunities. ASTRI was one of the leading participants in the Expo.
Over 3,200 organisations took part in the Expo, showcasing the latest technologies involving Artificial Intelligence (AI), Intelligent Manufacturing, as well as next-generation display and sensor technologies for Smart City applications. ASTRI showcased a number of newly developed technologies in this mega event:
Lighting-on inspection for Mura inspection Eye-in-Hand Flexible Visual Inspection Technology for Industrial Robots 3D Automatic Optical Inspection system AR Head Mounted Display with Eye Tracking & Iris Recognition Head-mount display Head-Up Display Projector Multi-sensing demo Wireless Jewellery UV Fluorescence Imaging Analyser Smartphone spectrometer
Dr Tsai Chen-jung, ASTRI’s Director of IoT and Sensors, presented a keynote on the development of Optoelectronics technologies at the Expo’s on-line sharing platform. ASTRI hosted three insightful forums at the Expo: (1) 2019 AI, Machine Vision and Industry 4.0 Forum; (2) 2019 AR Display and Human-Machine Interaction Sensing Technology Forum; and (3) 2019 Spectroscopy & Hyperspectral Imaging Technology Forum.
At another forum on 5G + Industries + Next Generation Information Technology, Dr Justin Chuang, ASTRI’s Vice President of Communications Technologies, was a keynote speaker.
10th Management Committee meeting of the Hong Kong Branch for Application Specific Integrated Circuits of the Chinese National Engineering Research Centre held
The 10th Management Committee meeting of the Hong Kong Branch of the Chinese National Engineering Research Centre (CNERC) focusing on Application Specific Integrated Circuit Systems (ASICS) took place in Nanjing on 22 July 2019. The Management Committee unanimously approved its membership changes and confirmed the record of the ninth meeting. The meeting summed up the past year’s progress in the Branch’s work as well as its developments along with the main centre. The future technology roadmap of the Branch was also discussed, particularly the research plans for the coming year. The Committee will host its eleventh meeting in the Greater Bay Area in June 2020.
The meeting was chaired by Mr Sunny Lee Wai-kwong who is also the Vice-President (Administration) of City University of Hong Kong. Other members attending the meeting included: Professor Shi Longxing – Director of CNERC ASICS Centre and Director of Jiangsu Industrial Technology Research Institute for ASICS, Professor Lu Shengli – Deputy Director of CNERC ASICS Centre, Ms Jane Lee – Secretary General, Hong Kong Council for Testing and Certification, the Hong Kong SAR Innovation and Technology Commission, Dr Davy Lo – Member of ASTRI’s Board Directors, Mr Hugh Chow – Chief Executive Officer of ASTRI and Director of the CNERC Hong Kong Branch for ASICS, Dr Martin Szeto – Chief Operating Officer of ASTRI, Mr YK Li – Senior Director of ASTRI and Deputy Director of the CNERC Hong Kong Branch for ASICS, and Dr Daniel Shi –Senior Director of ASTRI and Deputy Director of the CNERC Hong Kong Branch for ASICS.
In June 2012, ASTRI received the approval from the Central Government’s Ministry of Science and Technology to establish the first-ever Hong Kong branch of the CNERC, focusing on ASICS research and development. Application Specific Integrated Circuits form one of the five pillars of ASTRI’s R&D strategy. Through the Hong Kong Branch, ASTRI develops innovative technologies, tools and solutions that are applicable across multiple industries.
Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) plays an important role in our smart city journey. ASTRI, a leading innovation centre dedicated to Hong Kong’s smart city development, has partnered with EMSD in the E&M Inno Zone. ASTRI enables businesses and institutions to attain higher productivity and greater success. At the EMSD HQs of the E&M Inno Zone, we unveiled two ground-breaking innovations – a smart locker fitted with Palm Fusion Biometric Authentication system, and an AI-powered handwritten Chinese character recognition system.
ASTRI’s CEO Mr Hugh Chow joined the launch event also attended by Mr Nicholas Yang – Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Mr Alfred Sit – Director of Electrical and Mechanical Services, Mr Albert Wong – CEO of Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, other senior officials, and member of the media.
ASTRI’s innovation showcase offers fun and excitement for families over the long weekend
ASTRI took part in the Greater Bay Area Festival in Victoria Park, Causeway Bay from 29 June to 1 July 2019. Everyday from 11am to 9pm, large groups of tech enthusiasts and ordinary residents visited ASTRI’s booth.
People visited us with whole families – often with young children – and experienced our technology showcase and demonstrations. They played ‘Drive the connected car’ and ‘Choose your IoT’ games, unlocked a locker without touching it, and watched a naked-eye 3D TV. ASTRI wholeheartedly thanks all the participants who visited our booth at the Greater Bay Festival, and celebrated the magic of technology.
ASTRI Whitepaper paves the way for FinTech breakthrough in Treasury operations
Led by Dr James Lei, Acting Director of Intelligent Software and Systems, a group of ASTRI researchers have authored a whitepaper titled ‘Unlock the Fintech Value for Treasurers’. Dr Stephen Leung, Executive Director of Minds Connect, is another co-author of this paper. Exploring the immense potential of FinTech tools and applications – particularly with Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence – the whitepaper aims to help Treasury professionals across industries. Corporate Treasury is one of the core financial functions across businesses and institutions. As Asian economies and industries ride on a growth trajectory, applications of Blockchain and other information management solutions can offer a great boost to productivity, information security and transparency.
The whitepaper was published in collaboration with Minds Connect and the Asia Treasury Community (ATC). It was officially unveiled on 22 March 2019, following the ELIFT Forum – a recently launched dynamic platform for emerging leaders in Finance and Treasury. The Forum is led by ATC and supported by ASTRI, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) and InvestHK.
The Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development visited ASTRI to get insights on the latest development of Smart City technologies
The Honourable Mr Edward Yau Tang-wah, GBS, JP, The Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development (SCED) of the Hong Kong SAR Government, and officials from the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau visited ASTRI on Thursday, 9 May 2019. Mr Wong Ming-yam, Chairman and Mr Hugh Chow, CEO, welcomed them along with other senior executives and R&D experts.
Mr Yau was briefed on ASTRI’s research endeavours in various areas including Financial Technologies and Smart City development. He also got an overview of ASTRI’s cybersecurity R&D efforts – including industry-wide cyber-intelligence sharing and training cybersecurity professionals –at the Cyber Range facility.
Mr Wong Ming-yam, thanked the SCED for the strong support and encouragement to ASTRI.“As the largest Government-funded R&D institution in Hong Kong, ASTRI remains committed to exploring and applying new technological solutions to the advantage of Hong Kong’s economy and its people,” he said.
Mr Hugh Chow, ASTRI’s CEO, appointed a Co-Director in the Guangdong, Hong Kong, Macau Greater Bay Area Committee of the China 3rd Generation Semiconductor Technology Innovation Strategic Alliance
A Guangdong, Hong Kong, Macau Greater Bay Area Committee of the China 3rd Generation Semiconductor Technology Innovation Strategic Alliance – including key institutions and ecosystem players – has been formed to help drive synergy and development for the sector. Through robust development of the innovation ecosystem across the Guangdong, Hong Kong, Macau Greater Bay Area, the Committee will facilitate greater innovation endeavours and more prolific development opportunities. It will expand effective collaborations and the connectivity of innovative elements on 3rd Generation Semiconductors in the Guangdong, Hong Kong, Macau Greater Bay Area. The preparatory meeting and inauguration ceremony of the Guangdong, Hong Kong, Macau Greater Bay Area Committee of the 3rd Generation Semiconductor Technology Innovation Strategic Alliance took place in Nansha, Guangdong on 8 May 2019. Mr Hugh Chow – Chief Executive Officer of ASTRI, Mr Chen Shiyi – Scholar of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and President of the Southern University of Science and Technology, and Mr Song Yonghua – Rector of the University of Macau were appointed as Co-Directors in the Committee. Dr Daniel Shi, ASTRI’s Senior Director of Electronic Components, was appointed as a Deputy Director of the Committee. In future, ASTRI will actively participate in the research and development work of the 3rd Generation Semiconductor sector, Intellectual Property strategy, and talent development programmes across the Guangdong, Hong Kong, Macau Greater Bay Area.
ASTRI has long been in a close partnership with the country’s 3rd Generation Semiconductor Technology Innovation Strategic Alliance. In 2016, the Alliance appointed ASTRI as the convenor of its ‘International Subcommittee’. Last year, ASTRI actively supported the release of the first version of China’s 3rd Generation Semiconductor and Power Electronics Technology Roadmap. Attending the inauguration ceremony, Mr Hugh Chow said, “Establishment of the Committee is a great leap towards the strategic development of the country’s innovation ecosystem. It will help promote the development of the national semiconductor and application industries.” Through collaborative innovations, “ASTRI’s 3D integration technology, 3rd Generation Semiconductor chips, high-density modules and high-power systems will leverage the immense growth potential of the country’s huge applications market. Formation of this Committee will greatly support the development of 3rd Generation Semiconductor industry in the Guangdong, Hong Kong, Macau Greater Bay Area, as well as for the entire country,” he added.
The Alliance has already signed a cooperation agreement with the city of Nansha, to co-develop a 3rd Generation Semiconductor Innovation Centre for new energy vehicles. In that regard, the Committee hosted an Innovation Summit on the development of new energy vehicles supported by 3rd Generation Semiconductors. On 9 May 2019, Dr Liu Xuejiao, ASTRI’s Senior Manager of Electronic Components, presented a keynote speech at the Summit, on ASTRI’s new energy vehicles’ charging system technology based on Silicone-Carbide devices.
ASTRI showcases the power of smart technologies in building smart city Hong Kong, at the International ICT Expo 2019
ASTRI took part in the International ICT Expo 2019 – organised by Hong Kong Trade Development Council – from 13 to 16 April 2019. Participated by over 600 organisations and visited by more than 30,000 people, the fair took place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. ASTRI’s pavilion showcased a number of innovative R&D projects that were aligned with the Expo’s theme: ‘Tech-Forward Ideas for Smart Cities’.
The Honourable Alvin Yeung Ngok-kiu, Legislative Councillor; Mr Victor Lam, Chief Government Information Officer of the Hong Kong SAR Government; Mr Duncan Chiu, Chairman of the HKTDC Information & Communications Technology (ICT) Services Advisory Committee and Member of ASTRI’s Board of Directors; and Mr Benjamin Chau, Deputy Executive Director of the Hong Kong Trade. Development Council were among a long list of distinguished personalities who visited ASTRI’s pavilion at the Expo. Apart from the local and international VIPs and industry leaders, a large number of students and youngsters also experienced ASTRI’s R&D demonstrations and learnt about its innovative ventures from our R&D experts.
The innovations showcased by ASTRI included:
Virtual and Augmented Reality solutions Handwritten Chinese form processing system Intelligent Activity Tracker for healthy living Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) Software System Mixed-language Chatbot Wireless Power Transfer Technology Palm Fusion Biometric Authentication Blockchain-based KYC Smart Pole
Commenting on the event and ASTRI’s participation, Mr Hugh Chow, ASTRI’s CEO, said :Our mission is to enhance Hong Kong’s competitiveness through applied research. We innovate Smart City tools and applications in close collaboration with other players in Hong Kong’s technology ecosystem, creating impact, and generating social and economic value.”
Organised by Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the International ICT Expo is one of the largest regional events for leading ICT products and solutions across all sectors.
ASTRI’s R&D expert shares latest developments in smart manufacturing at Sony’s US Research Centre
Dr T. John Koo, Director of Cyber-Physical Systems of ASTRI, was invited to speak on the topic ‘Digital and Physical Twins for Smart Factory in Industry 4.0’ at the US Research Centre of Sony Electronics Inc. in San Jose, California.
In his presentation to the audience, Dr Koo discussed the design of Digital and Physical Twins that help realise smart factories in the Industry 4.0 era, along with a successful industry application. Furthermore, Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) was introduced and adopted in the construction of Digital and Physical Twins and, hence, the system behaviours in various aspects can be examined at different levels of system complexity.