Doors open to industry for more collaboration

Shirley Lam

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City University's Faculty Industrial Day attracted some 500 industrialists from over 200 corporations on 21 March. Staff from the Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) were on hand to answer questions and promote opportunities for collaboration with industry.


The event, organized by FSE's Cooperative Education Centre, showcased the research achievements and capabilities with exhibits of more than 100 applied R&D projects covering the disciplines of biology and chemistry, building and construction, computer science and engineering, information technology, electronic engineering, manufacturing engineering and physics and materials science. Visitors had the opportunity to see science research project demonstrations and to take guided tours of the University's state-of-the-art laboratories.


"Through the Faculty Industrial Day, we hope to explore further opportunities for mutually-beneficial research collaborations and joint ventures with industry that can contribute to the development of Hong Kong as it transforms into a knowledge-based economy," said Professor Roderick Wong, FSE Dean, who officiated at the opening ceremony.


"CityU has made big strides in forging links between universities and industry," said another officiating guest, Mr Raymond Leung, President of SAE Magnetics (HK) Ltd, and Chairman of the Faculty Industrial Day Advisory Committee. "It has opened up communication channels with industry through various co-developed R&D projects. The Industrial Attachment Scheme and the Cooperative Education Scheme, both organized by FSE's Co-operative Education Centre, have also helped to train up the next generation of talent for local industry," he added.


Industry is at the frontline and is well aware of the market's latest demands for technology, said Mr Leung. Collaboration with industry will help universities design curriculum that can match with the needs of industry, develop technology in response to the rapid changes in the world, and initiate applied research projects that have practical and market values.


To survive the growing competition from the Pearl River Delta region, Hong Kong's small and medium enterprises (SMEs) need to develop high-tech products and build up local brand names. Unlike large international corporations, local SMEs rarely have their own technical expertise and facilities to undertake R&D initiatives. Universities can provide support for local R&D to enhance their competitiveness, said Professor Wong.


Mr Leung said he fully understands the benefits of co-operating with universities. His company has collaborated with the FSE on several industrial projects and is a key supporter of the Industrial Attachment and Cooperation Education schemes. He encouraged local SMEs to make use of the Faculty Industrial Day to get to know more about CityU's strengths in applied research. "CityU has taken an important step in opening the door and tell industry what they are doing; now it's industry's turn to approach the University and see how academia can help," he added.


At the ceremony, the first batch of 57 student participants in the Cooperative Education Scheme 2003 received scholarships from 18 corporate donors. Under the scheme, established in July 2002, selected final-year students are offered a scholarship and a one-year work placement in science institutes or industrial firms. The scheme is built on the Industrial Attachment Scheme launched in 2000, in which some 200 students are placed for nine-week summer internships in manufacturing facilities in Hong Kong or the mainland. Both schemes aim to help students acquire real-life work experiences to complement their regular curriculum.


FSE research focus with high industrial application/value




Research Focus

Biology and Chemistry

Environmental biology and chemistry, bioactive products, catalysis, molecular biology and genomics

Building and Construction

Air pollution study, building fire modelling, concrete technology, construction management, geotechnical engineering, intelligent buildings, radon-proof technology, daylighting, structural engineering

Computer Engineering and Information Technology

Audio, speech and video signal processing, computer graphics, animation and virtual reality, computer vision and image processing, computer networks, Internet computing, medical imaging and bioinformatics, mobile communication systems, multimedia applications and systems, neural networks and fuzzy systems, parallel and distributed computing, pattern recognition, security technology

Computer Science

Multimedia/imaging applications, medical imaging and bioinformatics, video/audio compression technologies, school/university administrative/e-Learning applications, advanced Internet e-Commerce applications, Internet security, pervasive mobile computing, enterprise applications, scheduling/optimization applications, human resource scheduling, logistic/supply chain optimization, IT consulting

Electronic Engineering

Applied electromagnetics, Control systems and power electronics, digital and mobile communications, electronic packaging, optoelectronics, teletraffic and networking

Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Management

3D vision, human body measurements, climbing robot, service automation, exterior wall inspection, data mining, power system control, knowledge extraction, environmental performance evaluation and reporting, hard coatings, surface engineering, solid lubricant, home automation, wireless communication, remote monitoring and control, intelligent control and complex industrial systems, optical measurement, process control, electronic packaging, rapid product design and prototyping, TQM, web-based maintenance

Physics and Materials Science

Diamond and related materials, nanomaterials, organic electroluminescent materials, electrical ceramics, smart materials, metals and alloys, electronic and optoelectronic materials, polymers and composites, atmospheric science, computation, modeling and simulation, condensed matter physics, radiation and environmental physics




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