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.
Blockchain for eco-friendly apparels? ASTRI and WWF partnership aims to make it happen.
Fashion, textiles and apparels – it’s a colossal global industry that touches everyone’s lives in one way or the other. But how much do we know about the sustainability and environmental footprint of the clothes we wear? ASTRI has partnered with the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) Hong Kong to develop a Blockchain-based system that will enable sustainability footprint tracking of textiles and apparels from sources down to the consumer levels.
WWF volunteers will work alongside ASTRI’s Blockchain R&D experts on the Low Carbon Manufacturing Program (LCMP) to devise a Blockchain-powered system for the textile and apparel supply chain. On 27 March 2019, a group of WWF Hong Kong volunteers, led by Ms Karen Ho – Head of Corporate and Community Sustainability of WWF met Mr Hugh Chow – Chief Executive Officer and Dr James Lei – Acting Director of Intelligent Software and Systems of to discuss this exciting project.
ASTRI has a proven track record of leveraging Blockchain technology to deliver practical solutions for many different industries including financial services. Its collaboration with the WWF Hong Kong team on the LCMP initiative will unlock the immense potential of Blockchain, to improve transparency of sustainability information flow along the textile and apparel supply chain. The program will help reduce carbon emissions generated by manufacturing facilities and encourage better environmental performance at difference stages of the supply chain.
ASTRI takes part in CCBN 2019 – the leading international expo of Radio and TV networks
Taking part in the 27th International China Content Broadcasting Network Exhibition (CCBN) held in Beijing from 21-23 March 2019, ASTRI promoted its latest innovations in digital video production, including Ultra-High-Definition video processing and AI-based video production solutions. The expo was a great platform for ASTRI to engage and collaborate with local and international experts and researchers from various application industries.
In 2016, ASTRI established a joint laboratory with the Academy of Broadcasting Science (ABS), a subsidiary of the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, to promote technical standards and applications in the field of ultra-high definition video. At the exhibition, the two sides exchanged views on advancing this partnership to the next level through the joint laboratory.
CCBN is the largest exhibition of broadcasting industry the in the Asia-Pacific region. Drawing leading ecosystem players, it is also the world’s leading digital TV and broadband network industry event. The exhibitors and forum participants showcased a series of innovations and exchanged ideas in the event, including media convergence, next-generation ICT solutions, radio-TV and other converged media, smart broadcasting, artificial intelligence, 5G, cloud computing, big data, Internet of Things, Ultra-High Definition display, Virtual Reality (VR), Mixed Reality (MR), and deep learning applications.
ASTRI is showcasing its latest technological achievements in two leading exhibitions in Shanghai
ASTRI is showcasing its latest technological achievements in two leading exhibitions in Shanghai – Vision China (Shanghai) 2019 and Laser World of Photonics China 2019. Taking place at Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) from 20-22 March 2019, the exhibition is a leading international platform for innovations in Opto-electronics and Sensing technologies.
ASTRI’s Intelligent Sensing Technology System team is showcasing a range of cutting-edge technologies, including 3D Automated Optical Inspection System, UV Fluorescence Analyser for Jewellery, LCoS spatial light modulator device, optical beam steering module for advanced displays, laser windshield head-up display (HUD), large FOV head-mount display (HMD) and many others. Participating in this mega event amid the presence of leading experts and researchers from all over the world, ASTRI is supporting the industry’s Industry 4.0 and Smart City development efforts.
ASTRI’s Intelligent Sensing Technology System team pursues the development of intelligent tools and solutions that support Smart City and development as well as Smart Manufacturing in Hong Kong and beyond. Fully aligned with the Hong Kong Government’s Smart City development blueprint and the Greater Bay Area development priorities, ASTRI strives to enhance Hong Kong’s global competitiveness in technology-based industries through applied research.
Forum hosted by ASTRI and HKSTP explores a Connected Hong Kong Powered by 5G & IoT
ASTRI and the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporate (HKSTP) co-organised a forum on 5G and IoT technologies on 11 March 2019. The forum took place at the Charles K. Kao Auditorium in Science Park. Mr Hugh Chow, Chief Executive Officer of ASTRI; Mr George Tee, Chief Technology Officer of HKSTP; senior leaders from Government and industry players; and other key figures from the technology and communications industry including HKT, China Mobile Hong Kong, Hutchison Hong Kong and Huawei were present on the occasion.
In his opening speech, Mr Hugh Chow said, “With 5G and IoT, Hong Kong has an enormous opportunity for sustainable economic growth. People, devices, knowledge and data are all going to be more interconnected than ever before.” He added that “The world around us is evolving with 5G and IoT technologies, and ASTRI is proud to be a part of that revolution.”
As a pioneer in next generation network R&D, ASTRI pursues the latest advancements in 5G and IoT, local and regional use cases, and multifaceted applications for various sectors. Over 400 participants in the forum listened to industry stalwarts and technology experts, and experienced demonstrations of ASTRI’s most exciting innovations in this area. The forum facilitated exchange of deep insights and practical ideas – enabling collaborations and interactions within the ecosystem. Hong Kong is all geared up for the upcoming 5G revolution, so is ASTRI!
Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury visits ASTRI and inspires its FinTech R&D team to continue the great work
The HKSAR Government’s Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, Honourable Mr James Lau, JP, visited ASTRI on 4 January 2019, leading a delegation of Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau (FSTB) officials. The Secretary exchanged views and opinions on FinTech development in Hong Kong and received an update on ASTRI’s latest FinTech R&D endeavours. Mr Hugh Chow, Chief Executive Officer of ASTRI, welcomed the FSTB delegation to the premises of Hong Kong’s largest applied R&D centre. Dr MeiKei Ieong, Chief Technology Officer and Dr Martin Szeto, Chief Operating Officer, along with other senior executives of ASTRI, were also present on the occasion.
The delegation witnessed presentations and demonstrations from ASTRI’s FinTech R&D teams focusing on Cybersecurity, Blockchain, Data Analytics, as well as the future FinTech development trend in Hong Kong. The delegation was also appraise of ASTRI’s collaborations across the ecosystem including partnerships with regulators, industry players, technology developers, and talent development schemes.
Commenting on the visit, Mr Hugh Chow said, “Hong Kong, as a leading global financial centre with a strong ICT sector, is an ideal nurturing ground for FinTech excellence. ASTRI will continue to explore the FinTech development for Hong Kong. It has been such a great honour to share our inspiration and work with the Honourable Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury.” On behalf of the entire ASTRI team, Mr Chow thanked Mr Lau and the Bureau for “believing in ASTRI and always supporting us with great conviction.”
ASTRI’s R&D experts share latest developments in 3D Machine Vision at C-TOUCH & DISPLAY SHENZHEN 2018
Dr CJ Tsai, Director of Intelligent Sensing Technology System (ISTS) of ASTRI, was invited to share ASTRI’s latest developments in 3D Machine Vision technologies at C-TOUCH & DISPLAY SHENZHEN 2018 held on 22 November 2018 in Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Centre. The participating team from ASTRI showcased their strong competence in 2D/3D imaging sensing technologies for manufacturing, successful industry application cases such as 2D/3D automatic optical inspection machine, 2D/3D glass defect inspection machine, and intelligent industry robot technologies.
In his keynote presentation to the audience, Dr Tsai shared practical insights in the field of manufacturing industry, exploring the future technological development trends of artificial intelligence, deep learning based machine vision and related industrial inspection applications.
ASTRI joins HKU Space to help build Hong Kong’s FinTech talent pipeline
Grooming the next generation of technology talents is one of the biggest challenges facing Hong Kong. ASTRI, the largest applied R&D institution in the city, takes on this challenge as part of its overall mission to enhance Hong Kong’s competitiveness in the technology-based sectors. A great milestone to that end accomplished today with ASTRI partnering with HKU Space. Dr Lucas Hui, ASTRI’s Senior Director of Security and Data Sciences, joined the MOU signing ceremony for this partnership. Mr Charles Mok, JP, Legislative Council Member; Professor William Lee, Director of HKU Space; and Mr Frankie Li, Director & Threat Analyst of DTL, joined the occasion too.
Through this partnership, ASTRI’s R&D experts will teach and train the students with practical and industry-relevant content. ASTRI’s Cyber Range facility will also allow the students for hands-on simulated exercise.
With its unique position within the FinTech ecosystem, ASTRI is connected to both the supply and demand ends of the value chain. ASTRI not only provides FinTech and Cybersecurity training to industry professionals and rising talents, it also uses the network across the industry and universities, to inspire potential talents to embrace FinTech as an inspiring career choice.
ASTRI’s R&D expert shares insights at ASM Global Technology Conference 2018
Dr T. John Koo, Director of Cyber-Physical Systems of ASTRI, was invited to speak on “Model-Based Systems Engineering for the Design of Digital and Physical Twins” at the ASM Global Technology Conference 2018. The Conference, with the theme “Enabling Smart Factory”, was held on 8-10 November 2018 in Hong Kong. Over 240 expert participants from more than 11 global sites were invited to the Conference.
Addressing the audience, Dr Koo shared his experience and insights on the adoption of Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) for the design of the Digital and Physical Twins of Collaborative Mobile Manipulator (CMM) that support the realisation of Digital Manufacturing.
Delegation from China Advanced Semiconductor Industry Innovation Alliance visits ASTRI
A delegation of China Advanced Semiconductor Industry Innovation Alliance (CASA) led by its Chairperson Ms Wu Ling visited ASTRI on 29 October 2018. Ms Wu was accompanied by Mr Liu Zhiming, Deputy Inspector, Department of Education, Scientific and Technological Affairs, Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the HKSAR. Mr Hugh Chow, Chief Executive Officer, Dr Meikei Ieong, Chief Technology Officer, and Dr Daniel Shi, Senior Director, Electronics Components welcomed the delegates to ASTRI premises.
During the visit, Ms Wu discussed the development of China’s semiconductor industry in the past decade including the establishment of CASA three years ago, as well as the recent launch of China’s 3rd generation semiconductor power electronics roadmap (ITRW), of which ASTRI has taken part in the development process. Ms Wu also talked about China’s vision for future development of the 3rd generation semiconductors.
Mr Liu Zhiming pointed out that Hong Kong can leverage its unique advantages to strengthen the R&D collaboration between Mainland and Hong Kong. The aim is to contribute to the national aspirations for a leading international position in innovation and technology. Development in the advanced semiconductors sector will be a key enabler to that.
Thanking the delegation for visiting ASTRI, Mr Hugh Chow said, “We share the strong optimism about the development prospects of China’s advanced semiconductors industry.” ASTRI, with its strengths and capabilities, “will continue to partner with CASA to contribute to the development of the industry.”