By Jessie JIA
The core members from Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) visited the JC STEM Lab of Earth Observations and discussed with the principal investigator – Prof. Qihao Weng and some major lab members about the potential collaborations.
ASTRI was founded by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2000 with the mission of enhancing Hong Kong’s competitiveness through applied research. Over the years, ASTRI has nurtured a pool of research, I&T talents and received numerous international awards for its pioneering innovations as well as outstanding business and community contributions. ASTRI has recently set up a framework for cultivating the University technology transfer & collaboration ecosystem. Under the initiative, ASTRI will pursue opportunities to apply funding to do joint projects with universities. With the aim of discovering potential collaboration opportunities with our lab, a total of six core members from ASTRI’s University Tech Transfer Committee, led by Ms. Priscilla YEUNG discussed with Prof. Weng and lab members.
The project meeting was successfully held on Feb. 6th. This meeting was led by Prof. Qihao Weng, a Chair Professor of Geomatics and Artificial Intelligence and Global STEM Scholar at Dept of LSGI, and Director of JC STEM Lab of Earth Observations at PolyU. Ir Professor Christopher Chao, Vice President (Research and Innovation) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Chair Professor of Thermal and Environmental Engineering, and Director of Policy Research Centre for Innovation and Technology (PReCIT), attended the meeting and gave an opening speech on behalf of PolyU. Prof. Wu Chen (Head of LSGI) and Prof. Xiaoli Ding (Director of Research Institute of Land and Space) also attended the meeting. In addition, a total of four lab members participated in the meeting: Dr. Zhiwei Li (Research Assistant Professor), Dr. Cheolhee Yoo (Research Assistant Professor), Dr. Qiming Zheng (Research Assistant Professor), and Dr. Jessie Jia (Postdoc). Each of them introduced their research field and how they can work hand in hand with ASTRI to cultivate a vibrant ecosystem.