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Helsinki Varsity to establish AI research centre in HK

Published : 01 Dec 2018, 02:22

Updated : 01 Dec 2018, 02:24

  DF Report

Press Release Photo by University of Helsinki.

The University of Helsinki is planning to open the Hong Kong–Helsinki Oasis for Innovation and Technology (H2O), focusing on Artificial Intelligence (AI) for smart and sustainable cities in Hong Kong together with local and international partners, said a press release .

Vice-Rector Hanna Snellman has kicked off the H2O initiative at the Finland–Hong Kong Smart Mobility & Communication Day in Hong Kong. H2O will pave the way for unprecedented opportunities in innovation and cultural exposure across the two regions for professionals and students alike.

Chancellor Kaarle Hämeri from the University of Helsinki said the H2O centre is a great opportunity for the university to address global challenges such as urbanisation, climate change and sustainable development.

“All of these challenges can be addressed with the help of digitalisation and AI. This work needs wide networks and partnership actions, which we will develop in global research and innovation platforms. The H2O initiative is clearly our spearhead in advancing our global impact," said Hämeri.

H2O will enter the bidding for the Hong Kong Innovation and Technology Commission’s AIR@InnoHK cluster, which is to fund 10 AI/Robotics research centres connected to top universities from all over the world.