The Tech Landmark, a complex of four towers, will be built to house new institutes dedicated to interdisciplinary studies and emerging fields such as artificial intelligence, big data, geriatric science & gerontechnology, global poverty, smart cities & sustainable living, quantum science and biomedical engineering.
Professor Xiang Zhang 張翔
President and Vice-Chancellor
InnoTech and Humanities will redefine the world
The Headquarters of Innotech
Bracing to be the world’s top institute for InnoTech over the next few years, The University of Hong Kong will be taking its most significant step in this direction with the launch of the Tech Landmark in 2024 with the redevelopment along the University Drive on the Main Campus. A futuristic complex with 10 institutes dedicated to strategic research with a strong focus on interdisciplinary studies, the Tech Landmark will be the headquarters for HKU’s scientific and technological ventures.
Lee Shau Kee Institute of the Mind
The Institute will establish a technology platform with a human-society-machine interface. Cross-faculty and inter-disciplinary research teams can be assembled to study qualitative and quantitative human wisdom. It will lead the next generation’s information technology, and re-define multiple core industries including automobile, internet, medical diagnosis, energy, etc, and foster social advancement.
With a generous donation of HK$150 million by Dr Lee Shau-Kee, the Institute of the Mind will study the science and art of human wisdom, and harness it in the form of mind technology and neuromorphic computation.
Professor Max Shen 申作軍
Institute of Data Science (IDS) is dedicated to advance education and research in advancement of data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence in virtually every arena. The state-of-the-art methods and tools in computing, statistics, data science, and information and decision systems will be developed and applied to address complex industrial, business, and societal problems such as energy and sustainability, smart living, health and other social problems. IDS plans to integrate academic areas, such as computer science, statistics, applied mathematics, optimization, information theory, systems and control theory, economics, human and social behavior, and medical and health science, to foster novel and effective methods in addressing society challenges.
Professor Alfonso Ngan 顏慶雲
Kingboard Professor in Materials Engineering
Chairman of the Project Group for No. 2 University Drive Redevelopment
Institute of Materials and Energy is a timely development for Hong Kong to engage in innovation and technology in the Greater Bay Area and beyond. Breakthroughs in technology often arise from new materials with new phenomena or improved properties. The Institute serves as a solid base for hosting interdisciplinary research from Science and Engineering, on advanced materials that transduce energy or signals from one form to another, to serve innovative energy conversion systems. Materials for improving energy efficiencies in industrial or commercial processes, such as strong materials that bear larger loading at reduced weight, or lubrication systems that reduce friction, are another major focus. Activities will cover the investigation of innovative materials processing, microstructural characterization by state-of-the-art methods, and evaluation, theoretical modelling, and prediction of materials behaviour.
Institute of Biomedical Engineering has been established as an institute dedicated to two interdisciplinary subjects: Medicine and Engineering. It will serve as the much-needed home to strengthen the relevant research activities. At the new Institute, research will focus on biomaterials, devices and engineering systems leading to breakthroughs in diagnostics and therapeutics of various medical disorders. Tissue engineering for organ regeneration, microfluidic devices for personalized medicine, ultra-fast imaging methods for high-throughput diagnostics, sensors and devices for bacteria and virus detection, and exoskeleton robotics for rehabilitation, are a few examples of engineering solutions to medical problems that the new Institute will focus on. Located at the Tech Landmark, the Institute of Biomedical Engineering will benefit from the rich resources in advanced materials characterization and biochemistry available there, and at the same time, contribute a biomedical angle to the type of problems tackled there.
Professor Norman Tien 田之楠
Vice-President (Institutional Advancement)
Taikoo Professor of Engineering
Head of Innovation Academy
Tam Wing Fan Innovation Wing is far beyond a new infrastructure. It is an incubator for creativity and innovation.
The Innovation Academy will cultivate new generations of talents, not only scholars and researchers, but also industry leaders and influencers. It serves as a magnet to attract new talents to work together on innovative projects through a series of programmes and activities which are designed to capture three goals: Inspire, Equip and Showcase.
Institute of Geriatric Science and Gerontechnology is a strategic research infrastructure for our interdisciplinary research teams to advance holistic health and wellness living. We will join forces with local and international research collaborators and non-academic partners in governments, NGOs and industry in a holistic approach to create impactful solutions to tackle the population aging challenge. The Institute will continuously contribute to improving elderly people’s quality of life, along the United Nations’ principles of independence, participation, care, self-fulfillment and dignity.
One of the leading institutes in Asia for FinTech studies, HKU has been grooming world class FinTech talents through its immersive courses, scholarships, research and a new FinTech Academy. Supported by the Standard Chartered Hong Kong 150th Anniversary Community Foundation, the HKU-SCF FinTech Academy will leverage the combined strength of academics and industry to enhance the way FinTech is taught, researched, and innovated, and to make a sustainable impact on the financial services sectors of Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area.
Technology Transfer Office | iDENDRON
Technology Transfer Office brings HKU’s research results to the wider world through technology transfer for public benefit. It also serves as a springboard for new research projects, broader educational opportunities, and collaborative investments. Leveraging HKU’s network of industry specialists, investors, and entrepreneurial resources, iDendron as an integral hub promotes early-stage innovation and entrepreneurship among students, alumni and staff.