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Guangdong ‘Zhongchuang Cup’ Entrepreneurship and Innovation Competition

The 2019 Guangdong “Zhongchuang Cup” Entrepreneurship and Innovation Competition was held from 18th to 19th  September 2019 in Jiangmen, China.

The aim of this post-doctoral innovation competition is to transform potential scientific research into business by developing doctoral talents. There were close to 400 attendees at the event which included the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, Guangdong Provincial Department of Human Resources and Social Security, relevant leaders of Jiangmen City, expert judges, and postdoctoral talents.

Cheng Hu from the University of Lincoln, who is currently on secondment at Guangzhou University, competed at the event where he showcased the Colias robot platform.

Cheng Hu at the Guangdong 'Zhongchuang Cup' Entrepreneurship and Innovation Competition
Cheng Hu at the Guangdong ‘Zhongchuang Cup’ Entrepreneurship and Innovation Competition

The postdoctoral innovation competition attracted 476 projects from six strategic emerging industries including biomedicine and general health, electronic information, new energy, energy conservation and environmental protection, new materials, the Internet and mobile Internet, and advanced manufacturing .

Out of the initial 476 projects, 328 entered the preliminary round. Of these, 60 outstanding projects advanced to the semi-finals, which included Cheng. As a result of advancing to the semi-finals, Cheng was invited to participate in innovative counselling training delivered by the National Postdoctoral Innovation (Jiangmen) Demonstration Center and Guangzhou Leading Human Resources Development Co. Ltd. Training included “Business Plan Writing” and “Business Project Roadshow Training”

Award winners at the Guangdong 'Zhongchuang Cup' Entrepreneurship and Innovation Competition
Award winners at the Guangdong ‘Zhongchuang Cup’ Entrepreneurship and Innovation Competition

From these 60 semi-finalists, 24 elite projects reached the finals. Cheng achieved an outstanding result and received the “winning award” ranking 12 of 30 in the semi-final, and 9 of 12 in the final.

Cheng Hu receiving award at the Guangdong 'Zhongchuang Cup' Entrepreneurship and Innovation Competition
Cheng Hu receiving award at the Guangdong ‘Zhongchuang Cup’ Entrepreneurship and Innovation Competition

Guangdong (Foshan) Doctoral and Postdoctoral Talent Exchange and Technology Project Matchmaking Conference

Whilst on secondment at ULTRACEPT partner Guangzhou University, Xuelong Sun and Dr Cheng Hu from the University of Lincoln attended the Guangdong (Foshan) Doctoral and Postdoctoral Talent Exchange and Technology Project Matchmaking Conference.

Each city of Guangdong province is provided a space in which to display their best innovation and entrepreneurship examples of 2019. As one of the city-governed universities, Guangzhou University was asked to select its most attractive and novel research to showcase at the  event. Xuelong and Cheng were recommended by Guangzhou University to give a demonstration of their ColCOSP system and Colias robot platform.

The event was hosted by the Guangdong Provincial Department of Human Resources and Social Security and the Foshan Municipal People’s Government. It was held on November 18, 2019 at the Tanzhou International Convention and Exhibition Center  in Foshan, China in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. Nearly 1,200 people from all over the world gathered in Foshan to participate. The opening ceremony was chaired by Qiao Yu, deputy mayor of the Foshan Municipal Government.

Xuelong Sun and Cheng Hu at the Guangdong Doctoral and Postdoctoral Talent Exchange and Technology Project Matchmaking Conference
Xuelong Sun and Cheng Hu at the Guangdong Doctoral and Postdoctoral Talent Exchange and Technology Project Matchmaking Conference

The conference lasted two days, with the theme of “bringing talents from all over the world and creating a talent bay area”, with the key aim of “promoting exchange and cooperation of post-doctoral talents and serving the transformation of post-doctoral scientific and technological achievements”.

At the event, Xuelong and Cheng gave a demonstration of their ColCOSP system and the Colias robot platform to the esteemed delegates and to the wider community of the Robotics and AI. They also exchanged some knowledge, ideas and interests concerning Robotics and AI with researchers from the related fields. Xuelong added  “It was a great chance to let more people know our platforms and researching supported by EU H2020 project”.

 

Mid-Term Project Review Meeting Feb 2020

ULTRACEPT mid-term meeting held in Cambridge UK
ULTRACEPT mid-term meeting held in Cambridge UK

The ULTRACEPT mid-term meeting was hosted by UoL at the Cambridge Hotel in Cambridge, United Kingdom. It took place on the 26th February 2020. Attendees included students, researchers, academic staff, partner leads, the project manager and the EU Project Officer.

Due to the travel restrictions caused by the global pandemic Covid-19, the meeting was attended both in person and via Zoom video conferencing.

The mid-term meeting provided partners with an opportunity to engage in a fruitful and constructive dialogue between the consortium and the Research Executive Agency.

ULTRACEPT mid-term meeting held in Cambridge UK
ULTRACEPT mid-term meeting held in Cambridge UK

Members shared progress on the secondments, milestones and deliverables for the ULTRACEPT project. It also provided partners an opportunity to discuss challenges and to develop strategies for overcoming them.

In addition to this, a number of presentations were delivered by partner leads, researchers, and students as listed below. Presenters were able to demonstrate their research and share learning with others. In the afternoon, attendees had the opportunity to further network and share ideas.

STEP2DYNA Workshop 6 Agenda

Tuesday 25th February 2020

Venue: Cambridge Hotel, Cayley Suite, Granta Place, Mill Ln, Cambridge CB2 1RT, United Kingdom

  • 09:00-09:30: Arrival/registration
  • 09:30-09:45 :Introduction by Prof Shigang Yue

Coordinator’s/WP Leader Reports

  • 09.45-10.05: WP1 Visual Neural Systems Modelling for near range emergent collision detection – Presented by Shigang Yue UoL and Julieta Sztarker UBA
  • 10.05-10.25: WP2  Brain-inspired vision systems for long-range hazard perception – Presented by Xiaoyi Jiang WWM via video conference and Shyamala Doraisamy UPM.
  • 10.25-10.45: WP3 Visual computation of multi-modality sensor data for collision detection – Presented by Shigang Yue UoL.
  • 10.45-11.05: WP4 Systems integration, miniaturization, verification and demonstration – Presented by Shuang Li UHAM.

11.05-11.20: Mid-morning break

Shyamala Doraisamy presenting at the ULTRACEPT mid-term meeting held in Cambridge UK
Shyamala Doraisamy presenting at the ULTRACEPT mid-term meeting held in Cambridge UK

Coordinator’s/WP Leader Reports

  • 11.20-11.40: WP5 Joint workshops, conference and dissemination – Presented by Shigang Yue UoL.
  • 11.40-12.00: WP6: Project management and exploitation – Presented by Shigang Yue UoL
Shuang Li presenting at the ULTRACEPT mid-term meeting held in Cambridge UK
Shuang Li presenting at the ULTRACEPT mid-term meeting held in Cambridge UK

Researcher presentations

  • 12.00-12.10: Detection of objects on the road in low light condition using deep learning – Presented by Azreen Azman UPM.
  • 12.10-12.20: Road Wetness classification using acoustic signals – Presented by Siavash Bahrami UPM
  • 12.20-12.30: Secondment Report for ULTRACEPT Meeting – Presented by Huatian Wang UoL via video conference
  • 12.30-12.50: Multimodal teleoperation of robotic hand-arm system – Presented by Shuang Li UHAM.
  • 12.50-13.00: Thermal imaging for vehicle collision prediction and avoidance – Presented by Yicheng Zhang UoL.
Azreen Azman presenting at the ULTRACEPT mid-term meeting held in Cambridge UK
Azreen Azman presenting at the ULTRACEPT mid-term meeting held in Cambridge UK
Yicheng Zhang presenting at the ULTRACEPT mid-term meeting held in Cambridge UK
Yicheng Zhang presenting at the ULTRACEPT mid-term meeting held in Cambridge UK

13.00-14.00: Lunch

14.00-15.00: Meeting between seconded researchers and the REA Representative, Irina Tiron. Attendees: Azreen Azman, Siavash Bahrami, Peimin Li, Huatian Wang (attend via video conference).

14.00-15.00: Team leaders – meet to discuss arrangements for the outstanding joint workshop and training seminar.  

15.00-15.15: Afternoon break

15.15-16.15: Open discussion

16.15-16.30: Closing comments          

16.30: Meeting close