A new Fusion fund travel grant has been awarded to Dr. Hongchuan Yu, lecturer in the Media School (National Centre for Computer Animation, NCCA) in order to help develop an important strategic relationship with the Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. The hope is that through collaboration and the sharing of academic resources both institutions will be able to deliver a high quality research work.
The State Key Laboratory of Intelligent Technology and Systems, attached to Tsinghua University, China, was in July, 1987. It is the most prestigious State class Laboratory in Artificial Intelligence field in China. On the meeting for celebrating the 10th anniversary of the State Key Lab Development in October, 1994, State Key Laboratory of Intelligent Technology and Systems won “Gold Cattle” Prize. In 1997, it was selected as the experimental lab.
The laboratory consists of a central lab (the intelligent technology and systems), and three branch labs (intelligent signal processing, intelligent image processing, man-machine interaction and media integration). They are mainly engaged in basic research on the principles and methods of artificial intelligence, including, intelligent information processing, machine learning, intelligent control and artificial neural network theories; and the research on the applications relating to artificial intelligence, mainly including intelligent robots, speech, graphic, image, word and language processing.
The talent researchers at Tsinhua are very important to BU as the staffs and research postgraduate students of NCCA need much more chances to collaborate/exchange with international colleagues in depth. This will further benefit the REF activity of NCCA (UoA34, Art and Design) as well.
It is hoped that this relationship will include research collaboration with the activities of NCCA. The initial discussion focuses on a potential project of “3D facial expression editing system”, which delivers a prototype system of 3D facial expression editing based on video and 3D scanning data for potential game market.
It is intended that Tsihghua PhD students and academics will visit BU regularly under the banner of the NCCA for research projects, seminar presentations and to discuss further research and academic.