HKUST holds the first ever national science symposium in Hong Kong, allowing attending scientists to share ideas on the latest developments in tech and international collaboration. A conference on Neuromorphic Computing & AI also hosted.
distinguished scholars from Hong Kong, Macau and the Mainland attended the
two-day Xiangshan Science Conference hosted by The Hong Kong University of
Science and Technology (HKUST)
on Friday (17 August 2018), according to a press
The Honourable Mrs Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, Chief Executive of HKSAR, Mr Chen Dong and Dr Tan Tieniu, Deputy Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in HKSAR officiated at the closing ceremony of this high-profile conference.
The conference was founded by the State Science and Technology Commission (now the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China, PRC) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
The conference was the first national science symposium organized in Hong Kong after the Central Government pledged to make the city an international innovation hub.
Members of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and Chinese Academy of Science exchanged their views with other attending scientists on the latest development and international collaboration in Neuromorphic Computing & Artificial Intelligence – the theme of the conference this year.
Meanwhile, the conference’s officiating guests also witnessed the official launch of the Hong Kong Society of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (HK-SAIR).
The conference is an important platform of national science development and the Central Government has been supporting Hong Kong to be the international innovation hub.
With world-renowned universities, technological strength, well-established legal, judicial and intellectual property rights system, Hong Kong is capable to attract the first-class scientific research institutions and draw on resources across the globe; and continue to contribute to the national innovation and technology development.
The Vice-President for Research and Graduate Studies of HKUST neuroscience and artificial intelligence are key strategic areas of national science and technology development and are also areas of focus at HKUST. The Conference aimed to forge collaboration among different disciplines, as well as facilitate nation-wide advancement in neuroscience and artificial intelligence.
The mission of the society (HK-SAIR) is to leverage Hong Kong’s scientific advantages and promote in-depth cooperation among industry, academia and the research sector. The society will work across governments, policy-makers, academia and business sectors to nurture an AI ecosystem including talent, entrepreneurs, research and commercialization of research findings in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay area.
Through the development of AI and robotics technology, the society will contribute to Hong Kong’s development in innovation and technology.
Launched by the State Science and Technology Commission (now the Ministry of Science and Technology) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1993, Xiangshan Science Conference aims to advance the frontiers of science and contribute to the national development in innovation and technology.
Organisers said that summary reports will be prepared and distributed to participating scholars, the State Council, and other relevant departments following the conference.
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology remains committed to a world-class research, focused on science, technology, and business as well as humanities and social science.
HKUST hopes that the new HK-SAIR will provide a holistic and interdisciplinary pedagogy to nurture well-rounded scientists global vision, a strong entrepreneurial spirit, and innovative thinking.
HKUST attained the highest proportion of internationally excellent research work in the Research Assessment Exercise 2014 of Hong Kong’s University Grants Committee and is ranked as the world’s best young university in a major publisher’s Higher Education’s Young University Rankings 2018. Its graduates were ranked 12th worldwide and top in Greater China in Global Employability University Survey 2017.