[Press Release] PolyU and University of Maryland from the US, jointly established the Centre for Advances in Reliability and Safety (CAiRS)

2021-12-29 | News



Press Release

Date: 29-December-2021

[For Immediate Release]

 

PolyU and University of Maryland from the US, jointly established the
Centre for Advances in Reliability and Safety (CAiRS)
Combining AI and innovative technologies to improve product safety and system reliability

 

[Hong Kong –29 December 2020] In our daily life, there are many reliability and safety issues. Electronics degrade due to complex electronics ageing, latent software faults, and the interactions between the two. Also, electronic system failures are inevitable because of the current methods to assess reliability and safety. These issues are very likely to lead to serious consequences.

 

In view of this, two universities, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and the University of Maryland - College Park (UMD), have jointly established a research and development laboratory, namely the - Centre for Advances in Reliability and Safety (CAiRS). The Centre gathers top researchers from all over the world, uses the most advanced equipment and leverages innovative artificial intelligence technology in order to conduct various product reliability and system safety research to accurately predict the occurrence of failures and prevent them from occurring.

 

CAiRS has been admitted as one of the research laboratories in the InnoHK Clusters, a major initiative of the HKSAR. CAiRS has carried out five research programmes to date. They are “Anomaly Detection and Syndromic Surveillances”, “Innovative Diagnostics for Health Management”, “Prognostics for Remaining Useful Life Assessment”, “Safety Assurance: Improve functional safety” and “Data Analytics Platform for Reliability” (Totally have 15 projects). The range of applications of the research is very wide, including robots, medical equipment, vehicles, telecommunications, consumer goods, public utilities, transportation, microelectronics, electrical installations, sensors, IoT products and other advanced manufacturing technology. Moreover, CAiRS has signed cooperation agreements with 28 well-known local companies to jointly conduct research and improve the reliability and safety of products and systems.

 

PolyU is committed to conducting state-of-the-art interdisciplinary research in response to the needs of industry and society. With over 20 specialists and scholars from the Faculty of Engineering of PolyU and UMD, UMD's excellent research foundation in product reliability, and strong support from industry, CAiRS will bring benefits and contributions to smart city development and advanced manufacturing.




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Group Photo (from left)
Prof. KM Lam Professor & Associate Dean, Faculty of Engineering, PolyU,
Prof. HC Man, Dean of Faculty of Engineering, PolyU,
Dr. CH Ng, Chairman, The Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association,
Prof. Wing-tak WONG, Deputy President and Provost of PolyU, and
Ir. Prof. Winco Yung, Centre Director and Executive Director, Centre for Advances in Reliability and Safety (CAiRS)


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Prof. Wing-tak WONG, Deputy President and Provost of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Prof. Wing-tak WONG, Deputy President and Provost of PolyU, said, “Harnessing its advanced equipment and, top-notch scientific research talents, CAiRS is dedicated to the research and development of breakthrough technologies. Their research solutions can be widely adopted by all industries in Hong Kong that value reliability and system safety. PolyU has been actively cooperating with world-renowned universities and establishing close partnerships with industry to benefit society through cutting-edge research. I believe that CAiRS can effectively translate scientific research results to real world solutions, creating positive impact for various industries as well as society.”


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Dr. CH Ng, Chairman, The Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association
Dr. CH Ng, Chairman, The Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association said, “The establishment of CAiRS a platform for global research collaboration is welcomed by industry. CAiRS uses artificial intelligence for reliability and safety analysis, and works with industry to promote the development of products or brands, ultimately, helping Hong Kong to become a highly respected and trusted ‘international brand’. I believe that industry and CAiRS will continue to cooperate seamlessly in the future to make Hong Kong a key R&D centre with international authority."


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Ir. Prof. Winco Yung, Centre Director and Executive Director, Centre for Advances in Reliability and Safety (CAiRS)
Ir. Prof. Winco Yung, Centre Director and Executive Director, Centre for Advances in Reliability and Safety (CAiRS) said, “CAiRS focuses on the use of artificial intelligence to develop new personalized management models. The application and results of the Centre’s research are very important to the development of smart cities. The scientific research team of CAiRS and I am delighted to use our expertise to collaborate with partners in different industries. CAiRS will build an international brand for the products and systems in Hong Kong, and contribute to the development of smart cities and advanced manufacturing.”


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CAiRS Lab Tour (1)


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CAiRS Lab Tour (2)


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CAiRS Lab Tour (3)


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