Hangzhou Dianzi University


Hangzhou Dianzi University (HDU) is designated high risk for is high level of defence research.

HDU specialises in information technology and has been jointly supervised by the Zhejiang Provincial Government and defence industry agency SASTIND since 2007.http://archive.fo/G0IHJ The university is Zhejiang Province’s only provincial-level higher education institution to have officially designated national defence disciplines.http://archive.fo/G0IHJ

HDU’s leadership is closely integrated with its defence research. Since its creation in 2008, the university’s main defence laboratory has been run by Xue Anke, who was the university’s president until 2017.http://archive.fo/qUBMB ; http://archive.is/wm4yu While president, Xue served on an expert advisory committee to the PLA on information technology.https://web.archive.org/web/20181209015635/http://www.dyjs.com/htm/20168/12_4805.htm He is also a member of the Zhejiang Provincial Expert Committee on Artificial Intelligence Development.https://web.archive.org/web/20191117092404/http://biz.zjol.com.cn/zjjjbd/cjxw/201709/t20170927_5227084.shtml

Key areas of defence research at HDU include electronics, artificial intelligence, military-use software, and communications and information systems.http://archive.fo/fgHqE HDU has been expanding its research on artificial intelligence, establishing a school of artificial intelligence and an artificial intelligence research institute in 2018.https://web.archive.org/web/20191116035600/https://new.qq.com/omn/20181001/20181001B1G8FG.html

HDU holds secret-level security credentials, allowing it to undertake classified weapons and defence technology projects.http://archive.fo/fgHqE In 2011, the Zhejiang State Secrets Bureau established a State Secrets Academy in HDU. The academy, one of twelve in the country, trains personnel in managing and protecting confidential information.http://archive.fo/x9jXF

Major defence laboratories

  • Fundamental Science on Communication Information Transmission and Fusion Technology Laboratory (通信信息传输与融合技术国防重点学科实验室)http://yz.kaoyan.com/hdu/daoshi/27/531165/ ; http://archive.fo/WKkUb ; http://archive.is/wm4yu
  • Key Laboratory of Complex Systems Modeling and Simulation, Ministry of Education (复杂系统建模与仿真教育部重点实验室(B类))The laboratory is a B-category Ministry of Education laboratory, meaning it specialises in defence research. It is describe by the university as part of its “national defence science and technology platform” http://archive.fo/fgHqE

Key Laboratory for RF Circuits and Systems of Ministry of Education (教育部射频电路与系统省部共建重点实验室)http://archive.fo/j2NB8 states that its ‘core research team has been selected as a SASTIND defence innovation team’ but it may not be a dedicated defence laboratory.http://archive.fo/j2NB8

Designated defence research areas

Noteworthy international collaborations

In 2017, HDU established a base for foreign experts under the Chinese government’s Project 111 talent recruitment program. The Project 111 base is led by former university president and defence scientist Xue Anke.http://archive.fo/juwRL The base works on artificial intelligence and focuses on sensing and control for cyber-physical systems, which appears to overlap substantially with one of HDU’s official defence disciplines— pattern recognition and intelligent systems. Xue has appointed scientists such as the Australian National University’s Brian Anderson, Ian Petersen, Jonghyuk Kim and Brad Yu Changbin, as well as scientists from the University of Melbourne, Université Paris Descartes and Technical University of Denmark as experts at the base.http://www.hdu.edu.cn/news/important_23579 ; http://web.archive.org/web/20181120045539/http:/rsc.qau.edu.cn/infoDetail.jsp?infoID=42758

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