AI for manufacturing


An advanced AI model development solution for multiple manufacturing applications under the conditions of data hungry and qualified AI expertise shortage.

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Technical name of innovation
AI for manufacturing - Automated AI & Small data AI
Research completion
Commercialisation opportunities
IP licensing; Technology co-development
Problem addressed

While AI is playing a key role in manufacturing, its implementation relies on a huge amount of data and AI expertise. Expanding applications for AI create a shortage of qualified workers therefore hinders companies in adopting AI to increase the productivity. Obtaining sufficient high-quality data is expensive, time-consuming, and sometimes infeasible, especially to small batch production.

  • Data correction engine: Automatically detect misclassified training data and suggest revisions to improve the final AI performance.
  • Synthetic data engine: Generate synthetic training data by using CAD files to reduce the required amount of real data in AI training.
  • AI generation system: Automatically generate unique AI solution for user-specified manufacturing data by automated machine learning.
  • Small data learning module: Flexibly transfer knowledge from unlabeled data or related tasks to learn representation and models that can generalise well in data limited regimes.
Key impact
  • Removing the major obstacles (data and expert) of AI adoption in various manufacturing applications by one system.
  • Automating rare item or event detection, tackling cold-start problems, and adapting systems to changing production environments rapidly.
  • Supporting local industries, including the SMEs, in transformation and upgrading with advanced technology to increase the competitiveness.
  • Quality inspection
  • Pick and Place
  • Assembly
  • Packaging
Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI)

Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) was founded by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2000 with the mission of enhancing Hong Kong’s competitiveness through applied research. ASTRI’s core R&D competence in various areas is grouped under four Technology Divisions: Trust and AI Technologies; Communications Technologies; IoT Sensing and AI Technologies and Integrated Circuits and Systems. It is applied across six core areas which are Smart City, Financial Technologies, New-Industrialisation and Intelligent Manufacturing, Digital Health, Application Specific Integrated Circuits and Metaverse.