4 May 2005
Chinese University and Microsoft Research Asia Establish Joint Laboratory
¡@¡@The Chinese University and Microsoft Research Asia have long-standing academic and research collaboration. Establishment of the joint laboratory will further unite research strengths of both sides to develop innovative human-centric computing and interface technologies that improve quality of life. The joint laboratory will also strive to promote collaboration between the academia and the IT industry, provide leading research infrastructure and nurture talents.
¡@¡@Professor Lawrence J. Lau expressed his gratitude to Microsoft Research Asia for its diligent efforts and dedication devoted towards the establishment of the joint laboratory. He looked forward a creative, innovative and rewarding research journey between the University's Faculty of Engineering and Microsoft Research Asia.
¡@¡@The essence of human-centric computing and interface technologies is to enhance user-computer interaction by imitating the natural modalities of human communication. The novel technologies endow the computer with perceptual abilities to "see" the user, "hear" his or her speeches, and "sense" his or her gestures and touch. On the other hand, the computer can generate instant multimedia messages. Thus, computers will become more user-friendly, more accessible, and more applicable to our daily lives.
¡@¡@Professor Andrew Yao, Turing Award winner and Distinguished Professor-at-Large of the Chinese University, will serve as Chairman of the International Advisory Board of the joint laboratory. He said, "Human-centric computing is considered by many as the great unfinished revolution in information technology. The establishment of this joint laboratory creates a unique opportunity for the immense talents residing in the Chinese University and Microsoft Research Asia to work toward making this grand vision a reality."
¡@¡@Other members of the advisory board include Professor Fred Juang, Motorola Foundation Chair Professor and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology; and Professor Victor Zue, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Co-Director, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Hsiao-Wuen Hon, Assistant Managing Director of Microsoft Research Asia and Professor Peter Yum, Dean of Engineering of the Chinese University, will serve as Managing Directors of the joint laboratory.
¡@¡@"Microsoft Research Asia is delivering innovation that will impact the way we live, learn, work and play for years to come. We are committed to working with the leading universities in the region to advance the state-of-the-art in computer science research and foster local talents," commented Dr. Hsiao-Wuen Hon, "Today's announcement symbolizes our continued efforts to strengthen existing university relations and build new partnerships with academia in the region."
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