UMEC Enhances Cooperation with The Research Centres under AIR@InnoHK

UMEC delegation recently visited two advance research centres – AI Chip Center for Emerging Smart Systems (ACCESS) and Hong Kong Center for Construction Robotics (HKCRC), both of which are under AIR@InnoHK, a major initiative of Hong Kong government to foster the development of AI and robotics technologies.

ACCESS is a multi-disciplinary centre formed by 5 world-leading universities, namely Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Stanford University, the University of Hong Kong, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It focuses on advancing IC design and design automation technologies to enable novel data-centric computing paradigms supporting a wide range of AI applications. There is much room for cooperation between UMEC and ACCESS in the aspects of AI-assisted analog EDA tools, heterogenous integrated AI IC, hardware-accelerated AI applications, etc.

HKCRC is a joint collaborative effort among Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, University of California, Berkeley, and Tsinghua University. It brings together robotics, AI, and other next-gen technologies to the construction industry in order to solve real-world problems. Their representative showcased a smart building inspection solution that could conduct comprehensive analysis of building conditions (e.g. identifying cracks on external walls) efficiently using autonomous drones. Their innovations will inevitably transform the construction industry. As UMEC is also competent in visual AI technologies, they exchanged views on future collaboration opportunities to further strengthen various construction-related applications.

By grouping the efforts of different research centres in Hong Kong, greater synergies could be achieved to facilitate the AI and robotics technological advancement and industry development, ultimately enhancing Hong Kong’s position in the world.

UMEC delegation visited ACCESS to explore opportunities of collaborative AI research in EDA tools, IC and applications

UMEC and HKCRC exchanged views on how to strengthen construction-related applications with leading-edge visual AI technologies