CityU sets up $1.4M Sun center

HONG KONG (09/23/2003) - Sun Microsystems Inc. last Friday donated HK$11 million (US$1.4 million) to City University of Hong Kong to set up the first Sun Center of Excellence in Pervasive Computing in Hong Kong. The investment includes funding support, training courses, hardware equipment and software packages from Sun.

The Center, to be set up at the CityU's premises, will enhance research efforts and assist students learning about pervasive computing, according to a press release last Friday.

Speaking at a ceremony to mark the grand opening of the Center, Professor David Tong, Vice-President (Academic Affairs) of CityU thanked Sun Microsystems for its generous donation and the good example it sets in helping tertiary institutes towards achievement of IT excellence.

The Center was set up in partnership with the University's Center for Innovative Applications of Multimedia and Internet Technologies (AIMtech Center) and the Department of Computer Science. The Sun Center of Excellence will use the SunONE platform to investigate the feasibility and ease of pervasive computing.

"Pervasive computing is an integration of computing capability into our environment and everyday items. This is made possible by the advances made in and the convergence of a number of emerging technologies: the Internet, wireless and mobile computing, speech and gesture recognition etc," explained Professor Horace IP, Director of AIMtech Center.

With the Center, CityU's intends to collaborate with Beijing University on Hong Kong Skynet, a solution which provides a state-of-the-art Chinese search engine and Chinese Web content indexing capabilities in Hong Kong. Skynet, which is based at the Center, adopts the Tianwang search engine from Beijing University.

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