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HKU-TCL Joint Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence

Funding and Research Projects

To encourage development of cutting-edge researches in the areas of big data science, computer vision, machine learning, natural language processing, etc., the Centre has introduced the General Funding Scheme to invite for proposals under FOUR research directions/areas.

Call for application

All year round

Eligibility

Assistant Professor or above.

Each applicant could submit at most one proposal as the role of the principal investigator (PI) each year.

Funding amount/range

3-level funding allocation:

  • HK$0.2M for small projects with project duration of 1 year;
  • HK$1M for standard projects with project duration of around 2 years; and
  • HK$2-3M for large-scale projects with project duration of more than 2 years.

PIs are recommended to consider the project duration, and the number and level of staff required for the project when preparing for budgeting.

About the scheme

1. Four research directions/areas*:

  • AI for Social Good
  • AI for Smart Home
  • AI for Smart Manufacturing
  • AI for Natural Sciences

2. PIs should consult and discuss with TCL and/or the Management Committee members before submission for feedback for onward preparation of application and budgeting.

Shortlisted PIs would be invited to briefly present the project to the Management Committee.

3. A member of TCL would be assigned as a Co-I of the awarded project.

4. Reports are required to be provided once awarded:

  • Weekly/monthly on milestone achievement
  • Biannual progress report
  • Completion report within 3 months after project ends

 

*Please download the Information Sheet for details on the research directions/areas

Application

Please send the completed application form to Miss Zita Kwok (Faculty of Science, HKU): zkwok@hku.hk.

Results will be announced in 2-3 months after the submission. 

Inquiry

Miss Zita Kwok (HKU): zkwok@hku.hk 

Mr. Karl Li (TCL): karlli@tcl.com

Information Sheet: Information Sheet

Application Form:  Application Form

Report Form:          Report Form

 

​The previous funding schemes introduced by the Centre would be discontinued with effect from December 2021. 

Details of the current funded projects are listed as follows:

Funded Projects:

No.Project TitleName of principal investigator (PI)Academic UnitProject PeriodProject Poster
1User Activities Prediction Based on Few Historical App Usage Data Professor NG, Michael Kwok Po

Department of Mathematics

Faculty of Science

2 years

September 1, 2020

to

 August 31, 2022

Project Poster of Professor Michael Ng
2Self-Supervised Knowledge Distillation and Neural Architecture Search for Video Classification and DetectionDr. LUO, Ping

Department of Computer Science

Faculty of Engineering

2 years

September 1, 2020

to

 August 31, 2022

Project Poster of Dr. Ping Luo
3Using Knowledge Graphs for Long-Tail Keyword Query Recommendation in Video SearchProfessor CHENG, Reynold Chun-Kong

Department of Computer Science

Faculty of Engineering

2 years

September 1, 2020

to

 August 31, 2022

Project Poster of Professor Reynold Cheng
4Recommendation Systems Using Feature-Rich and Feedback-Rich Graph Neural Networks Professor YIN, Guosheng

Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science

Faculty of Science

2 years

May 1, 2021

to 

April 30, 2023

-
5A Unified Approach for Image Artifact Removal with Adaptive Multi-task Learning Dr. QI, Xiaojuan

Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Faculty of Engineering

2 years

March 1, 2021

to

February 28, 2023

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Funded Projects:

No.Project TitleName of principal investigator (PI)Academic UnitProject PeriodProject Poster
1PERQ: Predicting, Explaining, and Rectifying Failed Questions in KB-QA SystemsProfessor KAO, Benjamin C.M.

Department of Computer Science

Faculty of Engineering

2 years

April 1, 2021

to 

March 31, 2023

-
2On Online Portfolio SelectionProfessor CHING, Wai-Ki

Department of Mathematics

Faculty of Science

2 years

June 1, 2021

to

May 31, 2023

-
3Automatic identification for paleoclimatology: Preliminary studyDr. YASUHARA, Moriaki 

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Science

2 years

May 1, 2021

to

April 30, 2023

-
4 Quantum-Inspired explainable-AIDr. MENG, Ziyang

Department of Physcis

Faculty of Science

2 years

May 1, 2021

to

April 30, 2023

-
5A Fast and Lightweight Instance Segmentation Neural Network for Real-time Video Scene Understanding Dr. WONG, Ngai

Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Faculty of Engineering

8 months

March 1, 2021

to

October 31, 2021

-
6Scalable Multi-Task Federated Learning for Personalized Models Dr. NGAI, Edith Cheuk Han

Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Faculty of Engineering

1 year

September 1, 2021

to

August 31, 2022

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