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HKBU AND TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY SIGN AGREEMENT TO ESTABLISH AI LABORATORY FOR CREATIVE ARTS

23 February 2021

The Augmented Creativity Laboratory at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) and the Institute of Artificial Intelligence at Tsinghua University signed a collaboration agreement on 14 January to establish the Tsinghua-HKBU AI Laboratory for Creative Arts.

The agreement was signed by Professor Johnny M Poon, Associate Vice-President (Interdisciplinary Research) of HKBU, and Professor Sun Maosong, Executive Deputy Dean of the Institute of Artificial Intelligence at Tsinghua University. Professor Guo Yike, Vice-President (Research and Development) of HKBU; Dr Yang Liwei, Senior Manager of the Office of the Associate Vice-President (Mainland Development) at HKBU; Professor Liu Zhiyuan, Deputy Director, Departmental Affairs Committee, Department of Computer Science and Technology at Tsinghua University; Professor Li Guoliang, Deputy Director, Department of Computer Science and Technology at Tsinghua University; and Professor Liu Yang, Director, Research Institute of Artificial Intelligence, Department of Computer Science and Technology at Tsinghua University, witnessed the exchange of the agreement.

Under the agreement, HKBU and Tsinghua University will undertake collaborative research in the broad fields of science and the arts, and will jointly organise events such as conferences, symposiums and expert seminars to facilitate interdisciplinary interactions and foster knowledge exchange. The two universities will combine their respective strengths to conduct impactful research on artificial intelligence (AI)-based art creation, especially music composition and music performance.

The Augmented Creativity Laboratory is one of the six interdisciplinary research laboratories established by HKBU last year to expand the University's research strength and drive cutting-edge research in focused areas.

"The collaboration between HKBU and Tsinghua University will meet the fast-growing need for the application of AI in art creation," remarked Professor Johnny M Poon. "I believe the establishment of the Tsinghua-HKBU AI Laboratory for Creative Arts will bring synergies to both sides and further contribute to the development of research in this area."



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The agreement was signed by Professor Johnny M Poon, Associate Vice-President (Interdisciplinary Research) (middle) on behalf of HKBU. Professor Guo Yike, Vice-President (Research and Development) of HKBU (right) and Dr Yang Liwei, Senior Manager of the Office of the Associate Vice-President (Mainland Development) at HKBU (left) witnessed the exchange of the agreement.

Professor Sun Maosong (second right), Executive Deputy Dean of the Institute of Artificial Intelligence signed the agreement on behalf of Tsinghua University. Professor Liu Zhiyuan, Deputy Director, Departmental Affairs Committee, Department of Computer Science and Technology (first left); Professor Li Guoliang, Deputy Director, Department of Computer Science and Technology (second left); and Professor Liu Yang, Director, Research Institute of Artificial Intelligence, Department of Computer Science and Technology at Tsinghua University (first right) witnessed the exchange of the agreement.