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PolyU and Huawei Join Forces to Nurture ICT Talents with Leading Digital Technologies

2021/05/05

Deep learning has become a popular emerging technology in recent years. Many college students also hope to equip themselves with such knowledge and skills in order to meet the challenges and opportunities brought about by the development of innovation and technology in various industries. Huawei and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) jointly organized an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Bootcamp in late April to share the development of leading technologies such as digitalization, machine learning and deep learning with PolyU researchers. Participants explored strategies to integrate digital technologies in various disciplines and thus to facilitate local tertiary students in interdisciplinary learning so as to create a digital + talents ecology.


Professor Daniel Shek, Interim Vice President (Research and Innovation) and Associate Vice President (Undergraduate Programme) of PolyU (Right) presents a Certificate of Appreciation to Mr. Denny Deng, General Manager of Huawei’s Hong Kong Representative Office (Left)

In the bootcamp, participants got hands-on experience through the use of Huawei Ascend series products for different deep learning model training and reasoning experiments, such as image classification, object detection, mask wearing detection, etc. At the same time, Huawei Cloud’s ModelArts one-stop model automatic learning platform can be used for model training, and then the trained deep learning model can be converted to Atlas development kit to complete inference.

Professor Daniel Shek, Interim Vice President (Research and Innovation) and Associate Vice President (Undergraduate Programme) of PolyU said, “The cooperation between PolyU and Huawei in research development has commenced since 2007. In the past few years, we have achieved a variety of innovative technologies in different fields, including optical communications, microwave communications, big data, crowdsourcing platforms, wireless network surveying as well as automatic navigation, that pioneered and fostered the development of ICT technology. Through this bootcamp, which puts together PolyU’s innovations in applied research and the industry leading advantages from Huawei, we would advance high-impact AI technologies for the industry applications and breakthroughs to benefit the community." Prof. Daniel Lau, Head of Applied Physics of PolyU said at the bootcamp, “Physics and AI have mutual benefits. Physics can help to make better AI models. AI can help to solve complicated Physics problems much faster and lead to new discoveries.”

Mr. Denny Deng, General Manager of Huawei’s Hong Kong Representative Office, said: “Talents are one of the cores to support the digital industry, and universities are the base for talent cultivation. Huawei is honoured to cooperate with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in deepening integration among the industry, academia and research sectors by identifying industrial needs and building talents for technology and industry sustainable development. It is aimed to build a local digital + talents ecosystem, accelerate the development of smart industries, and support the digital transformation in various industries."


Huawei and PolyU jointly organized an AI Bootcamp in late April to share the development of leading technologies such as digitalization, machine learning and deep learning with PolyU researchers.

Huawei has also carried out a number of cooperation projects on digitalisation with different research units of PolyU (including Department of Building and Real Estate, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Health Technology and Informatics) in the scope of activity tracking on construction sites, mechanical arm grasping, medical imaging and analysis. In addition, Huawei offered HCIA-AI certification training courses to researchers in PolyU in last year, laying the foundation for universal intelligence education.

In the future, Huawei and PolyU will continue to deepen research collaboration in intelligence-related disciplines, and actively provide industry opinions and support for PolyU. Through co-organizing professional courses and establishing innovation laboratories, Huawei expects to have more researchers and pioneers to foster digitalization of industries; create new technologies and applications for the benefits of the society; as well as nurture the local technology ecosystem.