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HK to establish Artificial Intelligence Design Laboratory with Royal College of Art

Chief Executive Carrie Lam
Technology innovation can help improve product design as well as service delivery. Nowadays, the application of augmented reality (AR) as a virtual fitting room provides an enjoyable shopping experience. The use of artificial intelligence (AI) in conducting quality checks before product launch to market, and customer behaviour analysis at backend, also facilitate the design and production of products to cater for customers of different taste and style, which in turn leads to a personalised and sustainable industry.

The Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, speaks at the Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremony between the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Royal College of Art on establishing the Artificial Intelligence Design Laboratory on February 26.
The Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, speaks at the Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremony between the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Royal College of Art on establishing the Artificial Intelligence Design Laboratory on February 26.

I am therefore very glad that the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Royal College of Art, both of which are renowned institutions in art and design, will build on the work of their existing interdisciplinary research at the interface of design and technology, and further their co-operation for the benefit of society. The strategic partnership will integrate and enhance the development of the relevant research fields. It will also help nurture more local talent in multiple disciplines in the pursuit of real-world challenges, and transform research into practical application.
      
Developing Hong Kong into an innovation and technology (I&T) hub has been a priority policy area of my Government. And since I assumed office in July 2017, we have devoted significant resources of over $78 billion (US$10 billion) to strengthen Hong Kong's I&T ecosystem and stimulate research and development (R&D) activities. I have set out eight major areas to step up efforts in promoting innovation and technology at the beginning of my term, and some significant measures have already been put in place. For example, a super tax deduction of up to 300% for R&D expenditure incurred by private enterprises has taken effect from the current tax year. We have launched the Technology Talent Admission Scheme to facilitate talent admission from outside Hong Kong and the Technology Talent Scheme comprising the Postdoctoral Hub Programme and the Re-industrialisation & Technology Training Programme to nurture local talents.
      
To enhance our research and development capability, we strive to strengthen collaboration with top-notch scientific research institutions in the world. We have set aside $10 billion (US$1.28 billion) for setting up two research clusters in the Hong Kong Science Park - one for healthcare technologies, namely the Health@InnoHK cluster; the other for AI and robotics technologies, that is the AIR@InnoHK cluster. Through this initiative, we can capitalise on the strengths of our local universities and attract world-acclaimed universities and research institutions to collaborate with us. I am very encouraged by the overwhelming response from the global research community.
      
I believe the collaborative team of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Royal College of Art will find in Hong Kong the appeal of time-tested legal system, robust intellectual property protection, strong financial sector that could support commercialisation of R&D results, as well as the distinctive "East-meets-West" culture which sparks creative inspiration. I wish the collaboration a great success.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam gave these remarks at the Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremony between the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Royal College of Art on establishing the Artificial Intelligence Design Laboratory on February 26.

The Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, attended the Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremony between the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and the Royal College of Art (RCA) on establishing the Artificial Intelligence Design Laboratory on February 26. Photo shows Mrs Lam (back row, centre); the Council Chairman of PolyU, Dr Lam Tai-fai (back row, third left); the Executive Vice President of PolyU, Dr Miranda Lou (back row, first left); the Vice President (Research Development) of PolyU, Professor Alexander Wai (back row, second left), witnessing the signing by the Interim President of PolyU, Professor Philip Chan (front row, left), and the Vice-Chancellor of the RCA, Dr Paul Thompson (front row, right).
The Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, attended the Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremony between the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and the Royal College of Art (RCA) on establishing the Artificial Intelligence Design Laboratory on February 26. Photo shows Mrs Lam (back row, centre); the Council Chairman of PolyU, Dr Lam Tai-fai (back row, third left); the Executive Vice President of PolyU, Dr Miranda Lou (back row, first left); the Vice President (Research Development) of PolyU, Professor Alexander Wai (back row, second left), witnessing the signing by the Interim President of PolyU, Professor Philip Chan (front row, left), and the Vice-Chancellor of the RCA, Dr Paul Thompson (front row, right).

  The Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, attended the Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremony between the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and the Royal College of Art (RCA) on establishing the Artificial Intelligence Design Laboratory on February 26. Photo shows Mrs Lam (front row, seventh left); the Commissioner for Innovation and Technology, Ms Annie Choi (front row, sixth right); the Interim President of PolyU, Professor Philip Chan (front row, fifth left); the Council Chairman of PolyU, Dr Lam Tai-fai (front row, sixth left); the Vice-Chancellor of the RCA, Dr Paul Thompson (front row, centre); the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost of RCA, Professor Naren Barfield (front row, fifth right); and other guests at the ceremony.
The Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, attended the Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremony between the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and the Royal College of Art (RCA) on establishing the Artificial Intelligence Design Laboratory on February 26. Photo shows Mrs Lam (front row, seventh left); the Commissioner for Innovation and Technology, Ms Annie Choi (front row, sixth right); the Interim President of PolyU, Professor Philip Chan (front row, fifth left); the Council Chairman of PolyU, Dr Lam Tai-fai (front row, sixth left); the Vice-Chancellor of the RCA, Dr Paul Thompson (front row, centre); the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost of RCA, Professor Naren Barfield (front row, fifth right); and other guests at the ceremony.


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