Thanks to the efforts of our artists and scientists, at HKBU we stand at the forefront of the rapidly expanding art-tech field and the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in artistic disciplines. An art-tech research project entitled “Building Platform Technologies for Symbiotic Creativity in Hong Kong” has been awarded HK$52.8 million in funding from the Theme-based Research Scheme under the Research Grants Council (RGC). We feel encouraged as this is the first time that major funding has been allocated by the RGC for an art-tech project, and it is a recognition of HKBU’s excellence and leadership in this area.
As an initial output of the project, our multidisciplinary research team successfully staged an innovative human-machine collaboration between the HKBU Symphony Orchestra and our AI super artists at the Annual Gala Concert in July 2022. As the first of its kind in the world, the concert showcased how HKBU is using technology to push the envelope of human imagination in the arts and cultural sphere, and it was also a vivid example of how our innovations can be translated to have an impact on the world.
To further strengthen our capability to translate innovative research outcomes and inventions into real-life applications that benefit society, we established the Institute for Innovation, Translation and Policy Research (ITPR) in June 2022. ITPR aims to drive strategic alliances, collaborations, multidisciplinary R&D and its application. Given our creativity and unique strengths, I expect we will be making great strides in translational research and innovation in the time to come.
As the COVID-19 situation appears to be more stable, I look forward to another exciting year ahead. With the support of the HKSAR Government and the Nation, I am confident that we can further HKBU and Hong Kong’s status as an international hub for art-tech, Chinese medicine, education and transdisciplinary research.