ASTRI and CUHK Pull Together to Launch Smart City Technology Oriented Practitioner Programme

ASTRI and CUHK Pull Together to Launch Smart City Technology Oriented Practitioner Programme

HONG KONG, March 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with The Faculty of Engineering of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) today (2 March) on implementing a Smart City Technology Oriented Practitioner (TOP) programme for up to 30 master students in the Faculty of Engineering of CUHK. ASTRI will provide paid full-time employment opportunities to enrolled students for a period of four to eight months and engage them in one of the ASTRI’s ongoing smart city-related projects, with a view to developing future leaders for smart city transformation.

Witnessed by Ms Rebecca Pun, JP, Commissioner of Innovation and Technology (centre); Dr Lucas Hui, Acting Co-CEO cum Chief Technology Officer, ASTRI (right); and Prof Martin D. F. Wong, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, CUHK (left) sign the MOU for Smart City Technology Oriented Practitioner Programme.
Witnessed by Ms Rebecca Pun, JP, Commissioner of Innovation and Technology (centre); Dr Lucas Hui, Acting Co-CEO cum Chief Technology Officer, ASTRI (right); and Prof Martin D. F. Wong, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, CUHK (left) sign the MOU for Smart City Technology Oriented Practitioner Programme.

(From Left) Professor Kwong Sak Leung, Associate Director, Institute of Future Cities, CUHK; Dr Martin Szeto, Acting Co-CEO cum Chief Operating Officer, ASTRI; Professor Martin D. F. Wong, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, CUHK; Ms Rebecca Pun, JP, Commissioner of Innovation and Technology; Dr Lucas Hui, Acting Co-CEO cum Chief Technology Officer, ASTRI; Professor Jimmy Lee, Associate Dean (Education), Faculty of Engineering, CUHK; and Professor Chun Kwong Chan, Programme Director, MSc Programme in Fintech, CUHK attend the MoU Signing Ceremony for Smart City Technology Oriented Practitioner Programme.
(From Left) Professor Kwong Sak Leung, Associate Director, Institute of Future Cities, CUHK; Dr Martin Szeto, Acting Co-CEO cum Chief Operating Officer, ASTRI; Professor Martin D. F. Wong, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, CUHK; Ms Rebecca Pun, JP, Commissioner of Innovation and Technology; Dr Lucas Hui, Acting Co-CEO cum Chief Technology Officer, ASTRI; Professor Jimmy Lee, Associate Dean (Education), Faculty of Engineering, CUHK; and Professor Chun Kwong Chan, Programme Director, MSc Programme in Fintech, CUHK attend the MoU Signing Ceremony for Smart City Technology Oriented Practitioner Programme.

(From Left) Dr Martin Szeto, Acting Co-CEO cum Chief Operating Officer, ASTRI; Professor Jimmy Lee, Associate Dean (Education), Faculty of Engineering, CUHK; Professor Kwong Sak Leung, Associate Director, Institute of Future Cities, CUHK; Mr Alan Cheung, Senior Director, Cybersecurity, Cryptography and Trusted Technologies, ASTRI; and Mr Raymond Cheng, Chairman, Advisory Committee for CUHK Engineering Fintech Applied Research (CEFAR) Academy, share their insights on nurturing future talents for Smart City development.
(From Left) Dr Martin Szeto, Acting Co-CEO cum Chief Operating Officer, ASTRI; Professor Jimmy Lee, Associate Dean (Education), Faculty of Engineering, CUHK; Professor Kwong Sak Leung, Associate Director, Institute of Future Cities, CUHK; Mr Alan Cheung, Senior Director, Cybersecurity, Cryptography and Trusted Technologies, ASTRI; and Mr Raymond Cheng, Chairman, Advisory Committee for CUHK Engineering Fintech Applied Research (CEFAR) Academy, share their insights on nurturing future talents for Smart City development.

Witnessed by Ms. Rebecca Pun Ting-ting, JP, Commissioner for Innovation and Technology of the HKSAR Government, Dr. Lucas Hui Chi-kwong, Acting Co-CEO cum Chief Technology Officer of ASTRI and Professor Martin D.F. Wong, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering of CUHK signed the MoU on behalf of the two parties.

The TOP programme supports the recently released initiative by the HKSAR Government, Smart City Blueprint for Hong Kong 2.0 which strives to build Hong Kong into a world-class smart city.

Dr. Lucas Hui Chi-kwong said, “Developing scientific talent in Hong Kong is one of ASTRI’s goals. We are pleased to cooperate with CUHK to equip the new generation with scientific research talents to excel in all areas of smart cities.”

Dr. Martin Szeto Sin-ho, Acting Co-CEO cum Chief Operating Officer of ASTRI, said, “This practitioner programme for technology professionals is supporting the initiatives to develop ‘smart people’ as indicated in the Smart City Blueprint for Hong Kong, with the purpose of cultivating more human capital to promote technological development.”

Professor Martin D.F. Wong remarked, “This is a strategic partnership which connects our CUHK Engineering Faculty and students with ASTRI, a leading applied research institute in Hong Kong, through a work-study programme which enables our participation in state-of-the-art research and development that drives Hong Kong’s smart city initiative. I am confident and excited that the CUHK-ASTRI partnership will be pivotal in realising the vision for a smart city as laid out in the blueprint.”

The programme welcomes applications from students enrolled in master’s degree programmes under the Faculty of Engineering of CUHK in the academic year of 2021/22. After interview, a maximum of 30 students will serve as paid full-time research assistants in ASTRI, starting from the first quarter of 2022. They will be involved in smart city related projects and solving “pain points” for various organisations through research and development of applied technology, facilitating operations in a more intelligent and efficient way and benefiting people and business in our society.

ASTRI has formulated technological solutions for various government departments, public institutions and enterprises over the years with the adoption of international and industry standards throughout the process, while fully considering public policies, legal requirements, and stakeholders’ needs and concerns. The abilities and achievements of the professionals are affirmed by ASTRI partners and employers in the Research and Development sector. Students participating in the TOP programme will gain valuable work experience and lay a solid foundation for future employment in innovation and technology as well as the smart city industry.

The CUHK Engineering Faculty has now evolved into an integrated engineering school. Its strength lies in its world-class position with high quality research facilities and a strong commitment to the latest application of modern technology. The Faculty prides itself as one of the pioneers in the research on artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning. It has received top awards in international challenges for face recognition and visual recognition. The CUHK Multimedia Laboratory, named as one of the pioneers in AI research, is the only institution in Asia receiving this recognition. Different research and teaching teams at the Faculty of Engineering are dedicated to the applications of AI and deep learning in various areas and the education of talented engineers for smart city development. 

About ASTRI

The Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) was founded by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2000 with the mission of enhancing Hong Kong’s competitiveness in technology-based industries through applied research. ASTRI’s core R&D competence in various areas is grouped under five Technology Divisions: AI and Big Data Analytics; Communications; Cybersecurity, Cryptography and Trusted Technologies; Integrated Circuits and Systems; and IoT and Sensors. It is applied across five core areas which are Smart City, Financial Technologies, Intelligent Manufacturing, Health Technologies, and Application Specific Integrated Circuits.

Over the years, ASTRI has nurtured a pool of research, I&T talents and received numerous international awards for its pioneering innovations as well as outstanding business and community contributions. To date, ASTRI has transferred nearly 750 technologies to the industries and been granted more than 850 patents in the Mainland, the US, and other countries.

ASTRI has been proactively engaging in Smart City-related research and development projects including: 

Smart Mobility:

Cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X), autonomous vehicle, smart indoor and outdoor geographic information system and more;

Smart Living:

Chatbot, GeronTech and Health Tech, 5G private network and more;

Smart environment:

Direct current building, power hub, safe battery technologies and more;

Smart people:

Launching the Fintech Career Accelerator Scheme with the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA); establishing the Cyber Range and FinTech Innovation Hubs and more;

Smart government:

Conducting over 40 research and development projects for various government bodies, including open data, smart water meter, intelligent knowledge management platform and more;

Smart economy:

Promoting the development of FinTech with the HKMA, including blockchain technology, alternative credit scoring of micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises and more; developing intelligent manufacturing initiatives and more.

For further information about ASTRI, please visit www.astri.org.

About the Faculty of Engineering, CUHK

Founded in 1963, CUHK is a forward-looking comprehensive research university. The Faculty of Engineering was founded in 1991, offering undergraduate and postgraduate programmes through its six departments: Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering, Mechanical and Automation Engineering, and Systems Engineering and Engineering Management. The Faculty has world-class teaching staff coming from prestigious universities possessing extensive teaching experience and is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities to support teaching and research activities. The Faculty launches a wide range of innovative projects that make use of AI to improve the quality of human life, and explores the application of AI and deep learning in various areas, such as smart living, smart mobility and smart environment, in order to build Hong Kong into a world-class smart city.

The Faculty’s mission is to train future leaders in engineering, to pursue knowledge at the frontier of modern technology, and to apply advanced technology to meet societal and human needs. For more information about CUHK Faculty of Engineering, please visit www.erg.cuhk.edu.hk.