Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC), with the funding support of the Innovation and Technology Fund of the HKSAR Government, had partnered with the Hong Kong Society of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics to organize the Hong Kong Forum of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (HKFAIR 2021) recently.
HKFAIR 2021 brought together leading experts in AI and information technology from Mainland China and Hong Kong, featuring six academy fellows including Professor Tan Tieniu, Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Vice Minister of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the HKSAR, who along with 18 experts and representatives from world-renowned companies shared on the latest development and innovative applications of AI technology covering different sectors.
Willy Lin, Chairman of HKPC, said in his welcoming address, “HKPC strives to help Hong Kong businesses to achieve digital transformation with diversified R&D services, enabling enterprises to accelerate reindustrialization with ‘Industry 4.0’ and ‘Enterprise 4.0’ to overcome adversity and can plan for the future. AI and robotics technology are one of the areas in the National Key Technologies Research and Development Program. Hong Kong not only possesses internationally-recognized R&D results but also plays a unique role as the ‘super connector’ in the development of GBA. All these will certainly expedite technology and industry upgrading. HKPC is also active in collaborating with local and overseas R&D organizations to promote the wider relevant applications in Hong Kong and GBA for the development of smart industries to create new impetus for the economy.”
At the opening ceremony, Yang Qiang, President of HKSAIR, said, “There is no need to explain the importance of AI and robotics technology as we are at the center of the technology revolution era. HKSAIR aims to promote the successful local application of AI and robotics industry and serve as the bridge and catalyst between academia and industry, and between Mainland China and Hong Kong development. We hope to leverage the forum to foster closer cooperation among distinguished professors and outstanding entrepreneurs in Hong Kong and GBA, conjuring up a local AI and robotics development roadmap to sow the seeds of prosperous development and contribute towards the synergy of government planning, scientific research, product development and industrial manufacturing.”
Through the presentations and panel discussion with the participation from experts, local enterprises can grasp the latest applications and development trends of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics technology to help establish the relevant technology development roadmap and smart industries in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area (GBA).
The opening ceremony of HKFAIR 2021 was officiated by Paul Chan, Financial Secretary, and Alfred Sit, Secretary for Innovation and Technology.