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Financial Secretary's Visit to the Advanced Robotics Laboratory

Financial Secretary and Dean with HKU’s humanoid robot Atlas

On May 18, 2015, the honorable Mr. John Tsang, GBM, JP, Financial Secretary of the HKSAR Government, spent an afternoon at the Engineering Faculty’s Advanced Robotics Laboratory and was accompanied by Ms Janet Wong, Commissioner for Innovation and Technology, Professor Yue On-ching, Science Advisor of the Innovation and Technology Commission, and Ms Marjorie Yang, GBS, JP, Chairman of the Esquel Group, a leading textile and apparel manufacture. Mr. Douglas So, Vice President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Institutional Advancement), also joined to greet the prestigious guests.

The Dean began by stating the rationale behind the Faculty’s introduction of Robotics as one of the key strategic research areas and the progress made in teaching and learning of robotics in the taught curricula, research efforts and knowledge exchange of promoting the subject to a broader community spectrum.  This was followed by presentations from teachers and students that revolved around how research in robotics has been contributing to shaping Hong Kong’s economy in the areas of aiding an aging population as well as alleviating labour-intensive manufacturing industry and how HKU robotics initiative puts Hong Kong on the world stage.

Topics covered by teachers and students:

The Dean delivering his opening remarks
The Dean delivering his opening remarks
Demonstration on robotics object handling
Demonstration on robotics object handling

Thanks to the teachers and students who made impressive and coherent presentations that day, the visit was a great success! The guests were particularly impressed by the presence of a team of students who are working in the area of robotics and they enjoyed a lot in talking to the students.

Demonstration on HKU’s humanoid robot Atlas
Demonstration on HKU’s humanoid robot Atlas
Ms. Marjorie Yang sharing with students
Ms. Marjorie Yang sharing with students

The visiting group with all presenters, Mr. Douglas So and Faculty Members
The visiting group with all presenters, Mr. Douglas So and Faculty Members
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