Maximizing Zhuhai's applied R&D capabilities
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"The establishment of the Zhuhai Applied R&D Centres bears witness to the University's strong determination to extend its research platform to the booming Pearl River Delta (PRD) region," said Professor P S Chung, Vice-President (Research), at the ceremony. "Through these bridges, we hope to tap into the technological expertise and market potential available in the mainland. We'll also strengthen our links with educational institutions and business organizations in the municipal and nearby districts."
The Centres' objectives include developing advanced technologies; training research staff and students; providing consulting services; and commercializing research results. There are currently about 25 research and support staff working in the Centres, many of whom studied in reputable mainland universities such as
Lower running costs, the availability of top research talent and proximity to the mainland market are just some of the many advantages offered by a mainland research office. The University will continue to explore new footholds across the border as opportunities arise, said Mr H Y Wong, Director of the Industrial and Business Development Office. More than 180 academics and business and industry representatives from
In the rapid development of the PRD, Zhuhai undoubtedly has became a gem in the crown of southern
What's brewing at the Zhuhai Applied R&D Centres ...
The six funded research projects at the Zhuhai Applied R&D Centres cover the areas of multimedia systems for education and entertainment, Internet computing, medical imaging, computer technology for building and construction, and language engineering.
Active Media Systems
Active Media Systems (AMS), developed by Professor Liu Zhi-qiang of the
Advanced Image Processing and Pattern Recognition Systems
Chair Professor Hong Yan, the Zhuhai Centres' Director and Head of the Department of Computer Engineering and Information Technology, has developed several advanced systems for intelligent image processing and analysis which include printed and handwritten character recognition, document image compression, cartoon image analysis, human face image recognition and animation, and DNA chip data analysis. The systems can be adapted for a number of uses: car license plate recognition; the creation of digital libraries from books and other paper documents; converting raster images scanned from paper to vector format; and security check and monitoring systems. The DNA chip data analysis is a totally automatic method for extracting "spots" on DNA chips. It deals with low contrast images, does not require manual adjustment and performs substantially better than the programmes currently in the market. DNA data normalization and clustering techniques are currently under development.
AnyServer - An Intelligent and Ad-hoc Information Server
AnyServer, developed by Dr Jia Weijia, Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science, is an integrated server which can be tailored to the needs of individuals, homes and SMEs. Through phones, PDAs or PCs, AnyServer can be easily set up as a manual-free call centre, information service centre, or low cost e-commerce or networking system.
CASSOS: IT for Advanced Medical Systems Research and DevelopmentThe Computer-Assisted Simulation System for Orthognathic Surgery (CASSOS) is medical software designed for maxillofacial surgeons and orthodontists to produce surgical plans prior to the actual surgery. The system facilitates surgeons to evaluate different surgical plans and predict the outcome prior to surgery, using advanced imaging processing and graphics technologies. Chair Professor Horace Ip, Head of the Department of Computer Science, is the principal investigator of the project.
CASSOS has been widely adopted in hospitals in the
IT Development in Building and Architectural Engineering DesignThe building industry is increasingly reliant on information technology. Pioneering research in building analysis and design software is urgently required. This project, led by Professor Andrew Leung, Chair Professor and Head of the Department of Building and Construction, aims to develop practical software to meet the needs of the market, such as building engineering online training, as well as emergency plans and escape analyses in case of disasters.
The research team will review the structural design packages that are required in
Through the selection of words, meanings and evolution, the corpus captures social, cultural and linguistic developments in the
six communities. The corpus, accessible from the Internet, has stored more than 80 million characters and 500,000 phrases, which is very useful for different aspects of linguistic information technology research, and the development of IT products.