UBTech (优必选), a pioneer in China’s humanoid robotic sector, today announced a partnership with the University of Hong Kong (HKU), to conduct joint research in the field of sensing algorithm and technology facing service robotics.
The two sides will explore issues related to 3D point cloud data processing and analytics.
In an untextured environment, it is difficult to extract effective attributes from 2D images collected by visual sensors.
3D point cloud can somewhat compensate for the deficiencies of purely visual technologies.
This helps to enhance the recognition precision of humanoid robots and increase the adaptability of humanoids to more application scenarios.
UBTech will collaborate with the HKU in the areas as follows: point cloud compression, point cloud unsampling, 3D object detection, 3D action recognition, model compression and 3D visual grounding.
During their cooperation, UBTech will also provide a platform, allowing them to test their technologies and foster the adoption of humanoid visual sensing algorithms and technologies in robotics.
Ultimately, the goal is to optimize the precision of visual sensing capabilities of robotic products.
UBTech’s tie-up with the HKU came as the city’s government has rolled out a raft of targeted measures and incentives to encourage outstanding businesses and talent in segments such as AI, data science, advanced manufacturing and new energy technology to put down roots in Hong Kong, as well as to promote the overall development of Hong Kong’s tech industry.
Additionally, Hong Kong has been seeking closer ties with mainland China to enable tech innovations in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.
Amid a favorable pro-tech climate, Shenzhen-headquartered UBTech has set up a subsidiary and a research institute in Hong Kong, in a bid to attract more global talent and build a world-leading innovation platform in conjunction with Hong Kong universities and colleges.