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.
The 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 five Technology Divisions: AI and Big Data Analytics; Communications; Cybersecurity, Cryptography and Trusted Technologies; Integrated Circuits and Systems; and IoT and Sensors. It is applied across five core areas which are Smart City, Financial Technologies, Intelligent Manufacturing, Digital Health, and Application Specific Integrated Circuits.