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Huawei Innovation Research Program Helps Convert Innovation into Tangible Value

Nov 03, 2016

[Sydney, Australia, November 3, 2016] Today at Huawei Innovation Day Asia-Pacific, Huawei provided an update on developments in its Huawei Innovation Research Program (HIRP). The program is designed to promote partnerships with leading universities worldwide. To date, the program has involved over 300 universities in more than 20 countries, and sponsored over 1,200 innovation research projects around the world.

In the Asia Pacific region, it has built a presence in Australia, South Korea, Japan, and Singapore. In addition, the program has attracted the participation of two Nobel laureates, as well as over 100 fellows from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), as well as thousands of scholars and experts from around the world. Today, Huawei is innovating together with them to create an open ecosystem across the industry, academia, and research community, translating innovations into tangible value, and promoting industry development.

The HIRP is a long-term mechanism for joint innovation and open collaboration established by Huawei. Under the auspices of HIRP, Huawei announces research topics it plans to sponsor around the world every year, and shares the technical requirements, difficulties, and thoughts at the frontier of the ICT domain with academic circles. Huawei's partners with academia on select topics based on research focus and field of expertise, and Huawei provides them with funding and support. Huawei and its partners maximize their respective strengths to drive technology innovation, and build an open ecosystem across the industry, academia, and research circles, so as to promote industry development.

This program has yielded significant innovation in the domains of wireless communications, optical communications, cloud computing, media technology, engineering technology, cyber security, hardware, and software. Some of the results of that innovation have been applied to Huawei products.

At the Huawei Innovation Day Asia-Pacific, Chairman of Huawei Australia John Lord said, "Universities and research institutes are important partners with which Huawei openly collaborates. They are sources of our basic technologies and an important pillar supporting our platform innovation. Collaboration with universities and research institutes for open innovation has become an important strategic choice for Huawei."

Lord added, "The collaboration between Huawei and academic circles is a process where both parties leverage their respective strengths to make continuous technological innovation. During this process, knowledge is exchanged. Huawei receives basic technologies from academic circles while the academic researchers acquire a large amount of implicit knowledge from the industrial world. Theoretical and empirical studies on innovation have shown that cooperation with the industrial world is beneficial to academic research."

John Lord, Chairman of Huawei Australia, delivered a speech at the Huawei Innovation Day Asia-Pacific

Huawei will continue to work with academic researchers worldwide to tackle the technical issues that plague the industry and academia. The company has allocated a large amount of high-end research resources, including our fellows, to our cooperation with academic partners. Together we share insights into the industry, clarify environment constraints, hold comprehensive and in-depth discussions about technical solutions, provide real-world implementation and verification environments, and manage projects, thus helping to translate technology innovation into tangible value.

The HIRP, formerly known as the Huawei College Fund, was established in 1999. In 2010, the Huawei College Fund was renamed the Huawei Innovation Research Program in order to implement Huawei's concepts of basing everything on value creation and driving development through innovation, and also to expand the meaning of value innovation.