Dalian Minzu University


Dalian Minzu University (DLMU) is designated high risk for its close links to the Chinese Communist Party’s ethnic affairs bureaucracy and its work on facial recognition of ethnic minorities.

DLMU was established in 1984 as an institution that researches China’s ethnic minorities.http://archive.ph/QU9gJ The university is overseen by the State Ethnic Affairs Commission (SEAC), the Liaoning Provincial Government and the Dalian Municipal Government.http://archive.ph/QU9gJ

Scientific disciplines taught by DLMU include communications and information engineering, machine engineering, civil engineering and environmental science. DLMU also researches political thought and minority groups of northeast China.http://archive.ph/8JljX

DLMU currently hosts the Dalian Key Lab of Digital Technology for National Culture (大连市民族文化数字技术重点实验室).http://archive.ph/8S45t Researchers at laboratory carry out research on facial recognition of ethnic minorities.http://archive.ph/VgW0g ; http://archive.ph/FLvDu The laboratory has collaborated with an academic from Curtin University on research related to the facial recognition of Tibetans, Koreans and Uyghurs—over one million of whom have disappeared into re-education camps.http://archive.ph/yfBQV ; https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-16/australian-unis-to-review-links-to-chinese-surveillance-tech/11309598 ; https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/widm.1278 DLMU researchers are working on a database of facial and optical movements across different ethnic groups.http://archive.ph/Lp1yW

DLMU also hosts the State Ethnic Affairs Commission Key Laboratory of Intelligent Perception and Advanced Control (国家民委智能感知与先进控制重点实验室), housed within the university’s College of Electromechanical Engineering (机电工程学院).http://archive.ph/Jw3Pe The laboratory has done work on convolutional neural networks for visual image recognition, which could have applications for surveillance technology.http://archive.ph/mPHH8

DLMU’s party committee has an active United Front Work Department.http://archive.ph/0n3ep The department supervises non-CCP members and students returning from overseas study.http://archive.ph/DdIMe Management of religious and ethnic minorities are likely to be other priorities for the department.

Last updated 21 November 2019. Unclear about any wording? Visit the terminology page.