21 Jan 2020
UM's research project on autonomous vehicles listed under Macao Funding Scheme for Key R&D Projects
澳大無人駕駛技術獲批為重點研發專項
UM's research project on autonomous vehicles has been listed under the Macao Funding Scheme for Key R&D Projects
澳大無人駕駛技術獲批為重點研發專項

A research project from the University of Macau (UM), titled ‘Research on Key Technologies and Platforms for Collaborative Intelligence-Driven Autonomous -Driving Vehicles’, has been listed under the Macao Funding Scheme for Key R&D Projects, becoming one of the largest research projects in Macao’s history. Thanks to this research project, the university’s faculty members and students will hopefully be able to experience autonomous vehicles on campus in the near future.

Autonomous vehicle technology is an application of artificial intelligence and represents the future of the automobile industry. An important part of smart city development, autonomous vehicle technology is developing rapidly with the support of China’s Next-Generation Artificial Intelligence Development Plan and Innovative Development Strategy for Smart Automobiles. However, despite government support, the technology still faces many challenges in its application. In this project, the UM research team will tackle two major issues, namely ‘swarm intelligence and cooperative control of connected vehicles in large-scale and complex situations’, and ‘high robustness and adaptability of autonomous driving in uncertain open environments’. The researchers will comprehensively study and examine the applications of technologies in the fields of the Internet of Things, 5G telecommunication, cloud computing, and artificial intelligence, in the development of autonomous vehicles.

The team is formed by members of various leading institutions in the field of autonomous vehicles in mainland China, including the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the National University of Defense Technology, Baidu, and Haylion Technologies. The person in charge of the project is Xu Chengzhong, leader of the smart transport track in UM’s State Key Laboratory of Internet of Things for Smart City, who is also the dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology and chair professor of the Department of Computer and Information Science. As a public university with the most state key laboratories in the west of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, UM has attained many research breakthroughs over the past two decades, thanks to the support of the central and Macao SAR governments. The autonomous vehicle project was made possible with the joint efforts of institutions between Macao and mainland China. With the participation of experts and scholars from both sides, the project is expected to meet the demands of a new era and improve people’s quality of life.

Launched by the Macao Science and Technology Development Fund, the Macao Funding Scheme for Key R&D Projects provides support for projects in three fields, namely artificial intelligence, the development and quality control of drugs based on traditional Chinese medicine, and precision medicine. The scheme is expected to integrate technological resources in Macao in order to promote interdisciplinary collaboration, collaborative innovation, and the commercialisation of research results.

澳門大學科研項目“協同智能驅動的無人駕駛關鍵技術與平台”成功爭取成為澳門科學技術發展基金的人工智慧重點研發專項計劃,為澳門歷史上最大的單體研究項目之一,顯示澳大雄厚的研究實力再獲肯定。透過此研究,澳大師生有望在不久將來可在校園內體驗無人駕駛技術。

無人駕駛技術,被視為人工智慧的標誌之一,是未來汽車工業發展的趨勢,也是智慧城市的重要配套,在國家《新一代人工智能發展規劃》和《智能汽車創新發展策略》支持下大力推動發展,然而相關技術的落地應用仍存在諸多挑戰。澳大研究團隊將聚焦“大規模、複雜場景下無人網聯車的群體智慧協同控制"和“開放不確定性環境下無人駕駛的高魯棒性和自適應性"兩大科學問題,綜合研究和驗證物聯網、5G通信、雲計算、人工智慧等前沿技術在無人駕駛中的應用。

此專項的研究團隊匯聚了國內多間在無人駕駛領域具領先地位的機構,包括中國科學院、國防科技大學、百度及深圳海梁科技有限公司。該項目負責人由澳大智慧城市物聯網國家重點實驗室智慧交通方向的學科帶頭人、科技學院院長、電腦及資訊科學系講座教授須成忠擔任。作為粵港澳大灣區西岸擁有最多國家級科研單位的公立大學,澳大科研發展近年屢獲突破,有賴國家和澳門特區政府20多年的支持。是次無人駕駛研究項目得以成功啟動,是與國內相關機構合作、各展優勢的良好示範,期望集各專家所長服務國家、貢獻人類、構建美好未來。

澳門科學技術發展基金首次設立“重點研發專項資助計劃",支持人工智慧、中藥開發與質量控制、精準醫療等三大領域的研究,以進一步集成本澳科技資源,集中力量,實現跨學科優勢互補、集成創新,並爭取在集成基礎上形成具備轉化條件的科研成果。