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Leeds Internet Of Things (IoT) Forum (TBC)

Recent revolutions in Science and Technology along with Industrial Changes around the world has made The Internet Of Things (IoT) a vital component of modern emerging industries. Whether it is Cloud computing, big data, artificial intelligence, or “digital production”, they are all closely linked with The Internet of Things. Thanks to the support and investments coming from numerous governments, the IoT has been further pushed to becoming the key to a green society, A.I., and sustainable development


As a society focusing on Scientific and Technological innovation, we find the popularization of the fundamentals of IoT in universities to be of great importance. We will lead university students to explore the development, effective uses, innovative applications and future of the Internet of Things. The goal of the event is for the students to understand the applications, significance and market trends of the Internet of Things.


The Forum will take place in University of Leeds in October 2018.With the goal of in-depth intercultural communication, this whole day event will start with an opening speech from a representative of the Chinese embassy. Then we will have keynote address sections with invited experts in this field.


Guest Speaker


Zhenhan Chen

General Manager of StarRui Aviation Technology Limited

Graduated from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics


  • More than ten years experience in the field of aerospace and electronic information
  • Miss.Chen has made the company participate and contribute in projects from China Electronic Technology Group and China Aviation Industry Group for many times.
  • She has successfully seized the market gap and launch the intelligent Internet of things gateway.
  • Realization of industrial field AI with minimum cost and enhance real-time data analysis and online task processing ability through integrating gateway function and AI acceleration technology and making full use of sensor data fusion and programmable features of FPGA.


  • In 2016 and 2017, the company won the “Shanghai Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition” award for two consecutive years, while the technical innovation project of the competition was supported by “Shanghai innovation fund.”




HiTECH Newsletter – The 2017 NE China-Business forum

The annual North-East (NE) China Business Forum is well known for its exciting high level talks on innovation collaboration between China and North-East UK. This year is no exception, where numerous thought provoking high-level talks were presented by eminent keynote speakers and entrepreneurs to a diverse group of audiences from government, industry, businesses and academia.

Of interest, were talks by Hexis Lab’s tech manager, Dr. Glen Kemp on use of artificial intelligence and machine learning to screen and develop new healthcare products, as well as talks by Chinese Embassy’s Minister Counsellor in Science and Technology, Sunan Jiang, on introducing insightful recent development and market trends in China. Perhaps unsurprisingly to many, the latter talk further highlighted the tremendous broad scope of developmental areas ranging from manufacturing, e-commerce, healthcare, digital media, rural transformation, aerospace technology to material science, agrotechnology, artificial intelligence and HiSpeed Rail, where innovation is in high demand and opportunities are rife.

Other interesting talks included those by the Chair of Soil machine dynamic’s Andrew Hodgson, who highlighted how China and UK could bolster collaboration by fostering better education programs to promote stronger and better mutual understanding of the Chinese-UK culture. Andrew, alongside Professor George Marston (Pro-vice chancellor of research and innovation of Northumbria university) and Professor John Wilson (Pro-vice chancellor of Northumbria University), have further given an inspiring presentation on the role of North-East (NE) UK universities in strengthening Chinese-UK collaboration, and how higher education of NE-UK universities can be further improved to enable this in an increasingly globalised world.

Another key event highlight is the sheer number of organizations, each with their own unique idea and method of fostering and enabling China-UK collaboration. These include a London-based incubation centre called Cocoon Networks, which aims to offers UK based entrepreneurs end-to-end advisory services (i.e. on fundraising, legal, mentoring, expansion strategies, IP management) to assist them in breaking into the China market. Similarly, the Chinese association of international exchange also announced the running of the largest international exchange program in ShenZhen city in late 2017, where over 1000 organisations involved with UK-China collaboration on various level will be present. Perhaps more intriguingly, is TsingHua University Science Park (TUS)’s vision and long term goal to leverage the strength of its currently established incubation centre to help transform its local surroundings into a science city.  

In addition to the talks, the forum also offered ample networking opportunity for attendants to speak with the presenters to explore further potential scope for collaboration. In summary, the NE China forum has highlighted key themes focusing on NE UK-China collaborations on both the market and technology front, and in the process, gave its audiences a much better understanding of the current business and R&D environmental surrounding current parallel developments in both NE-UK and China.


Leeds Recruitment Fair of Beihang University

On 28th February 2017, Leeds Recruitment Fair of Beihang University took place at Leeds University. The event was organized by Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Biomedical Engineering and relevant schools and co-organized by HiTECH Innovation Forum Leeds Branch and Leeds CAAS Association. The event was held by Professor Lijun Xu, Dean of School of Instrumentation Science and Opto-electronics Engineering, Professor Jianwei Liu, Party Secretary of School of Electronic Engineering, Professor Weifeng Lv, Dean of School of Computer Sciences and Professor Baoqing Pei, Vice Dean of School of Biological Engineering. The event attracted nearly 50 Chinese academics and research students from Leeds, Sheffield and York to join.

Professor Lijun Xu showed the attendees with a documentary to showcase the long history and promising future of Beihang University. He further introduced the policy of four types of young talents and “one-hundred great minds.” He also elaborated in detail the subject and talents development of the School. Professor Pei explained the updated research fruits of biological engineering, biological medicine and medicine robots and future prospects of the related subjects. He also introduced Beihang University Vision Forum for International Young Scholars. Professor Liu introduced the subjects’ development and research appliances of the School of Electronic Engineering with humorous manner and explains the integration and security in the research. Professor Lv explained in detail the academic group, development and talents intake policy of the School of Computing Sciences. The event concluded with a close interactive talk.

The excellent academia and students to participate into the events include Dr. Li Zhang, Associate Professor of School of Electronics Engineering, Miss. Ying Wang, President of HiTECH Innovation Forum Leeds Branch and Mr. Junfan Lin, President of Leeds CAAS Association.

The successful Leeds Recruitment Fair of Beihang University not only showcased the top-notched academic staff, research platform and talents introduction that Beihang University boasts. It also inspired Leeds University students to move toward successful careers.


Kick-off Meeting of HiTECH

On October. 23rd 2016, the Leeds branch of the China-UK HiTECH Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum held its kick-off meeting for management team. Composed of the excellent academic scholars from the subjects of biology, medicines, electronics and engineering, the management team witnessed the start-up of the branch, looked back at the achievements of HiTECH in the past year and discussed the prospects and challenges in the future.

Mr. Xujun Luo, the General Secretary of the branch, hosted the meeting. Dr. Hongseng Peng, vice chairman and founder of HiTECH, introduced the history of HiTECH. The forum has grown into a community of over 1,400 members, which has hosted twelve high-rated interacted events and attracted more than 300 excellent technological projects over the past year. The China-UK HiSTAR Innovation & Entrepreneurship Competition successfully bridged gaps of technological transfer between two countries. With the support of government, professors, businessmen and investment institutions, HiTECH represents the new trend of technical innovation and transfer of UK and China. Mrs. Ying Wang, Chairman of the Leeds branch, introduced the prospects of the landing of HiTECH in Leeds. Based on the excellent academic resources of University of Leeds, the branch would offer a cross-disciplinary and multi-functional platform including information, training and technological support. We believed that such cross-regional and cross-disciplinary communication could prove more fruitful.


One-year Anniversary of HiTECH

On November 14th 2016, HiTECH held its first-year anniversary in Leeds branch. HiTECH’s creators, management team, volunteers and students, academic staff gathered together for food and games to celebrate the first-year anniversary of the community. Professor Yu Xiong of Newcastle University attended the anniversary and addressed the group.

In the ice-breaking games, the participants from different subjects, countries and ages set up different groups and proposed innovative entrepreneurship plans through thoughtful discussions and brainstorms. The talented participants also performed active breaking, Latin dances and exciting magic show.


Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property

On January 25th 2017, HITECH Leeds Innovation held the training of research transfer and intellectual property (IP) protection. More than 40 students from the School of Law, Engineering, Computing, Chemistry and Transport Studies at University of Leeds attended the event. The event was hosted by David Yu from School of Law. We had Professor Long Ling, Director of the Colour and Polymer Science group at the University, and Dr. Jason Teng, Senior Patent Attorney at Potter Clarkson, as the speakers to explain the relevant regulations and rules of research transfer and intellectual property protection.

Professor Lin introduced the latest development and application of the polymer science in medicines, banknote printing and environmental protection achieved by the University and his research team. Notably, the research team found out that the dehydrated and desalted colouring material could colour the cotton fabrics with no additives under 60ai???. The conclusion would not only cut the cost of manufacturing and reduce the emission of sewage. Professor Lin also raised suggestions and advice in research transfer, and encouraged researchers to apply their researches into every field. Dr. Jason Teng introduced in detail the methods of obtaining intellectual property, the significance of trademark and the procedure of application.Ai?? He also raised some examples to introduce the benefits and application of intellectual property protection. The attendees raised the questions after the speech.

Miss. Ying Wang, the Chairwoman of HITECH Leeds Innovation, introduced the motto and prospects of the community and encouraged the attendeesai??i?? participation. The community intended to help its members participate in technological innovation and understand the important procedures of technological innovation and entrepreneurship. The event ended in one-by-one specialist consultation, and had been highly rated by the attendees.

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