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CUHKSZ-Tencent AI Lab Joint Laboratory launched

  • 2018.06.13
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The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen) and Tencent AI lab has jointly established a Lab of Machine Intelligence, aiming to conduct in-depth cooperation in artificial intelligence fields through joint training of doctoral students and joint research.

On the afternoon of June 12th, the unveiling ceremony of CUHKSZ-Tencent AI Lab Joint Laboratory of Machine Intelligence was held at the Governing Board Meeting Room at CUHKSZ. More than two hundred guests, faculties and students attended the ceremony.

The joint laboratory will be chaired by Professor Zhi-Quan Luo, Vice President of the CUHKSZ, and Dr. Tong Zhang, Director of Tenent AI Lab. The joint laboratory will rely on the international first-class talents and academic research advantages of CUHKSZ and the R&D and industrial application advantages of the Tencent AI Lab, to jointly train doctoral students and carry out research work. The doctoral students are jointly guided by the faculties of CUHKSZ and Tencent AI Lab, aiming at the real research frontiers. The joint laboratory will undertake scientific research projects, apply for national/state research funding, solve important problems in the field of machine intelligence.

The joint laboratory is financially independent, and the funding for the doctoral students is provided by Tencent AI Lab. Tencent will provide internship opportunities for the doctoral students. Eligible graduates will be awarded a Ph.D. degree from CUHKSZ. The joint lab will also recruit postdocs worldwide.

The cultivation of high-end artificial intelligence talents requires basic accumulation and practice. The CUHKSZ, as an international research university, has made great progress in talent recruiting, scientific research and industrial incubation after four years of development. It has made high impacts in the areas of robotics, smart manufacturing, and big data. In terms of talent recruiting, CUHKSZ has attracted top-ranking faculty members from all around the world. Most of the faculty members are well-known professors and scholars from world-class universities, including many Nobel laureates and academicians, who will satisfy the development needs of the emerging industries in the country and the Pearl River Delta region, especially in the scientific research fields such as robotics, smart manufacturing, big data, and information science. The university has established the National-Local Joint Engineering Laboratory of Robot and Intelligent Manufacturing, Shenzhen Research Institute of Big Data (SRIBD), Shenzhen Finance Institute, Robot Institute of CUHKSZ, three Nobel Prize laureate institutes (Ciechanover Institute of Precision and Regenerative Medicine, Kobilka Institute of Innovative Drug Discovery, and Arieh Warshel Institute of Computational Biology) and a Turing Award scientist laboratory (Hopcroft Institute for Advanced Study in Information Sciences). In 2018, the university also established The Institute for Data and Decision Analytics, focusing on interdisciplinary research in operations research, statistics, operations management, and decision science. The institute will work closely with the existing three schools of the university to provide impetus for the growth of digital technology in the future.

Tencent AI Lab is a company-level strategic initiative and focuses on advancing fundamental and applied AI research. Currently it has 70 world-class AI research scientists and 300 accomplished application engineers. Its goal is to use its technology assets including computing power, massive data sets and diversified user scenarios, to improve AI's capabilities in understanding, decision-making and creation, and "Make AI Everywhere". Its research fields include computer vision, speech recognition, natural language processing and machine learning. Combining AI research with Tencent's diverse user scenarios, its applications include Game, Social, Content and Platform AI. Today, Tencent AI Lab has developed "Jueyi" Go AI, and applied its technology in more than 100 Tencent products, including WeChat and QQ. It also collaborates with the world's top institutions and colleges, aiming to build its AI ecosystem with the integration of "Education, Research, Industry and Application". 

We believe that the CUHKSZ-Tencent AI Lab Joint Laboratory based in Shenzhen, will conduct research on international academic frontiers and cutting-edge core technologies, jointly train high-caliber talents, become a powerful engine, and produce many high-impact scientific research results in the future.

The Joint Lab sincerely welcomes excellent students at home and abroad. Please refer to The University's Postgraduate Admissions Rules at for admission requirements and procedures for doctoral candidates.