Zhejiang Governor Yuan Jiajun Visits Zhejiang Lab and Shows Full Appreciation for the Lab’s Development
On November 20, 2019, Yuan Jiajun, Governor of Zhejiang Province and Director of the Zhejiang Lab Executive Council, visited Zhejiang Lab to learn about the Lab’s tech innovation efforts and talent development policies. He also visited the researchers at the Lab. During his visit, Governor Yuan showed his full appreciation for the achievements the Lab has made in the past two years.
Zhejiang Lab Starts the Construction of Its New Campus to Build a Smart Campus
On May 9, 2019, Zhejiang Lab started the construction of its new campus. According to the Lab’s development plan, with great support from the provincial, municipal, and district governments, the new campus will be built as an intelligent and futuristic place with fully functional facilities and pleasant landscapes, providing necessary working space for technological innovation. The first phase of the campus is scheduled to be completed and put into service by the end of 2020.
Zhejiang Lab Undertakes a Number of National Major Research and Development Projects
In 2019, Zhejiang Lab was granted the qualification to apply for national research projects for the first time. Over the past year, the Lab has been authorized to undertake 22 National Major Research Projects, with a total national funding reaching 300 million CNY. Most of these projects are funded by national agencies such as the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the National Development and Reform Commission, and the Cyberspace Administration.
Top Scientists Join Zhejiang Lab
In 2019, Xu Huibin, CAE (the Chinese Academy of Engineering) Member and President of Beihang University, was appointed as Deputy Director of the Academic Advisory Committee for Zhejiang Lab. Fang Jiancheng, CAS (the Chinese Academy of Sciences) Member and Vice President of Beihang University, was recruited as the Lab’s Chief Scientist for quantum sensing facilities. Rao Yunjiang, IEEE/OSA/SPIE Fellow and Director at the MOE (Ministry of Education) Key Laboratory of Optical Fiber Sensing and Communications, was appointed as Chief Scientist in optical fiber sensing at the Lab’s Research Center for Smart Sensing CAS Member Liu Ming was hired as Chief Scientist at the Research Center for Next-Generation Artificial Intelligence Systems. CAS Member Yang Mengfei from the China Academy of Space Technology was recruited as Head and Chief Scientist at the Joint Lab for Space Intelligent Robots. The five scientists will lead Zhejiang Lab to overcome difficulties in related fields and achieve innovative breakthroughs with significant influence.
In 2019, with 1,100 members on the talent team, Zhejiang Lab made impressive achievements in the recruitment of high-level talents and the development of the talent team. In addition to one winner of the Zhejiang Talent Award for Extraordinary Contributions and one winner of the Zhejiang Swan Award for Young Digital Economy Professionals, 21 members were included in the National Recruitment Program of Global Experts, one in the Zhejiang High-Level Talent Support Program, one in the Zhejiang Leading Talent Program, one in the Zhejiang Outstanding Young Talent Program, two in the Qianjiang Talent Program, and two in the Hangzhou 521 Recruitment Program of Global Talent.
Zhejiang Lab Unveils the Dubhe Artificial Intelligence Open Source Platform
At the AIIA Artificial Intelligence Developer Conference 2019 on November 2, the Dubhe Artificial Intelligence Open Source Platform was launched to great acclaim. Led by Zhejiang Lab, the platform is the outcome of the joint efforts of the Lab and other technology pioneers, including Zhejiang University, Beijing Oneflow Technology, the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology, and Alibaba. The platform aims to provide a high-performance framework for the development of AI algorithms, and to establish an independent AI research and industrial ecosystem. It will create an innovative ecosystem covering six industries and facilitate the application of AI technologies in different industries.
Zhejiang Lab Holds the 2019 Zhejiang Lab Cup Global AI Competition
Starting on July 16, the 2019 Zhejiang Lab Cup Global AI Competition attracted more than 1,700 teams and 5,000 contestants, including participants from top universities around the world, such as Tsinghua University, Peking University, Zhejiang University, Fudan University, Renmin University of China, Carnegie Mellon University, the Technical University of Munich, and the University of Tokyo, as well as teams from well-known Internet companies such as Alibaba.
On October 17, the final round of the competition took place at the Hangzhou International Expo Center. Four teams from the Renmin University of China, Zhejiang University, the Zhejiang Dahua Technology Co., Ltd., and the Gridsum Holding Inc. became the respective winners of the four competition tasks.
Zhejiang Lab Starts the Construction of Its First Large Scientific Facility
On July 30, 2019, Zhejiang Lab held a signing ceremony for the construction of the Lab’s first large scientific facility, the Quantum Metrology Facility. The entire facility is composed of four sub-parts, including measurement facilities for ultra-sensitive inertia, extremely weak magnetic fields, and extremely weak forces and accelerated velocities, as well as a verification facility for the measurement of extremely weak magnetic fields produced by the brain and the heart. The research team gathers professionals from multiple universities such as Beihang University and Zhejiang University. The facility aims to further break the limits for measurement precision and take the lead in the world. It will also be applied to major industries such as measurement standardization, digital economy, intelligent healthcare, and intelligent robotics.
Zhejiang Lab Wins Second Place in the 2019 RoboCup for Teen-Size Humanoid Robots
In the 2019 RoboCup Soccer Competition for Teen-Size Humanoid Robots, Zhejiang Lab’s team ZJLabers, as the only team representing China in the League, won second place. This competition marked the first public showcase of Zhejiang Lab’s research team on intelligent biped robots. It was also the first time for the team to attend the world’s best competitions for robots. The team is now working on large humanoid robots, a new challenge for them.
Zhejiang Lab Is Authorized to Recruit Postdoctoral Researchers Independently
On July 24, 2019, Zhejiang Lab held an official ceremony for the launching of its postdoctoral station, which is a nation-level station. From training postdoctoral researchers with other institutions, to being authorized to recruit postdoctoral researchers independently, the Lab only used less than one year after its establishment. It will continue to explore innovative policies for postdoctoral researchers.
So far, the Lab has recruited 115 postdoctoral researchers, including 33 researchers who are currently working at the postdoctoral station.
Zhejiang Lab Signs Memorandum of Cooperation with Cambridge and Opens New Chapter for International Cooperation
On June 24, 2019, Zhejiang Lab signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with the University of Cambridge. Focusing on key research areas, the two sides will build a joint research center to construct large research facilities, carry out basic research on state-of-the-art topics, find solutions to core technologies, apply for international research projects, and recruit high-level talents.
In 2009, in addition to Cambridge, the Lab has established international links with other renowned universities such as the University of Bath, ITMO University, and the National University of Kyiv.