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HKBU establishes six interdisciplinary research laboratories to expand research strengths

Prof Guo and Prof Poon
Professor Guo Yike (right), Vice-President (Research and Development) of HKBU, and Professor Johnny Poon Ming-lun (left), Associate Vice-President (Interdisciplinary Research) of HKBU, said the establishment of the six interdisciplinary research laboratories will enhance the University’s research capacity.

The research laboratories will support HKBU’s Institutional Strategic Plan 2018-2028 and enable the University to produce world-class research in selected research clusters. They will also help HKBU make a positive impact on local and international communities.


The six interdisciplinary research laboratories include the Augmented Creativity Laboratory, Computational Medicine Laboratory, System Health Laboratory, Smart Society Laboratory, Data Economy Laboratory, and Ethical and Theoretical AI Laboratory.


With HKBU clearly positioned as a research-led liberal arts institution, the University is well placed to develop and use its innovative new laboratories to address frontier research issues; apply advanced technologies, such as big data and artificial intelligence; and deeply embrace the data-driven world.


Each research laboratory is envisaged as an interdisciplinary research intellectual interactions where researchers and collaborators can develop and discover novel solutions that can drive cutting-edge research in focused areas.


Professor Guo Yike, Vice-President (Research and Development) of HKBU, said: “With our inspiring cross-faculty research structure, the laboratories will enable us to radically break disciplinary boundaries and foster close engagement between the sciences, arts and social sciences. This development will enable researchers to make new discoveries.”


The six new interdisciplinary research laboratories and their key research themes are as follows:


Augmented Creativity Laboratory

Augmenting human creativity, artificial intelligence and human-machine collaboration, and public policies and strategies for the creative industries.

Computational Medicine Laboratory

Therapeutics and new drug discovery, driven by traditional Chinese medicine research.

System Health Laboratory

The behavioural and wellbeing mechanisms that underpin complex systems including life, the environment, human society and web-based media.

Smart Society Laboratory

Society’s future organisational structure, operation and development mode, in particular the intelligent social administration led by applications of big data technologies, and its unprecedented challenges and opportunities.

Data Economy Laboratory

New theories, business practices and technologies in today’s rapidly evolving web-based economic and financial context. In particular, the development of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies, and data capitalisation as a new natural resource and business asset.

Ethical and Theoretical AI Laboratory

Basic theories of artificial intelligence, with a particular emphasis on machine and cognitive behaviour studies, as well as central issues in philosophy, ethics, AI verifiability, and AI interpretability.

HKBU has started the recruitment of top-tier research talent on a global scale to join the six new laboratories in the next three years. By joining HKBU, they will be able to take forward their respective research projects and strengthen the University’s interdisciplinary research capabilities in its pursuit of becoming a world-renowned research-led liberal arts institution.


“We hope researchers from around the world can join us in any way possible to extend the knowledge frontiers across disciplines and help us put our collective minds together to address global challenges,” said Professor Guo.