Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) is designated very high risk for its high number of defence laboratories and close links to China’s defence industry.
HUST is one of China’s leading research institutions.https://www.natureasia.com/en/publishing-index/pdf/NPI2012_Asia-Pacific.pdf While the university is subordinate to the Ministry of Education, it has also been supervised by the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense since 2012.https://web.archive.org/web/20180915004859/http://www.moe.gov.cn/s78/A08/gjs_left/s7187/s7189/201403/t20140313_165432.html ; http://archive.fo/vkn56
The university hosts at least six laboratories dedicated to defence research. Its National Defence Research Institute reportedly oversees defence research in seven other HUST research centres.https://web.archive.org/web/20190607004407/http://www.hust.org/forum/A0/p1/html/1799.html Artificial intelligence, shipbuilding, image processing, navigation technology, mechanical engineering, electronics, materials science and laser physics are focuses of HUST’s defence research.
HUST has worked closely with the PLA and China’s defence industry. This collaboration includes the development artificial intelligence and imaging technology for weapons.https://web.archive.org/web/20190607004407/http://www.hust.org/forum/A0/p1/html/1799.html The university’s work on pulsed power is linked to China’s nuclear and directed-energy weapons program.https://web.archive.org/web/20190924031426/http://faculty.hust.edu.cn/dailing_hust/zh_CN/kyxm/1758437/content/3765.htm ; http://archive.fo/Hin6F ; https://web.archive.org/web/20190924033904/http://faculty.hust.edu.cn/lianglin1/zh_CN/more/1324057/jsjjgd/index.htm ; https://web.archive.org/web/20190924023259/http://seee.hust.edu.cn/info/1101/6961.htm China’s state-owned defence conglomerates and China’s nuclear warhead facility sponsor dozens of HUST postgraduate students each year, who are required to work at their sponsoring organisation for at least five years after graduating.http://archive.fo/QEVhF
HUST holds secret-level security credentials, allowing it participate in research and production for classified weapons and defence projects.http://archive.fo/TWOXR
Major defence laboratories
- State Key Lab of Multi-spectral Image Information Processing Technology (多谱图像信息处理技术国防科技重点实验室/多谱信息处理技术国防科技重点实验室)http://archive.fo/CnbIR
- Under HUST’s Institute of Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence (图像识别与人工只能研究所), one of seven research centers under HUST’s National Defence Research Institutehttp://www.ecice06.com/CN/abstract/abstract24860.shtml ; https://web.archive.org/web/20190607004407/http://www.hust.org/forum/A0/p1/html/1799.html
- Originally a Ministry of Education laboratory that was upgraded in 2002https://web.archive.org/web/20190904225504/http://bbs.netbig.com/thread-31220-1-1.html ; https://web.archive.org/web/20190904225617/http://kns.cnki.net/kcms/detail/detail.aspx?filename=ZGTB200312006&dbcode=CJFQ&dbname=CJFD2003&v= ; http://archive.ph/2019.11.13-011036/http://school.nseac.com/a/10487/10487036.html
- China Aerospace Pattern Recognition Technology Research Institute(中国航天图像识别技术研究所)http://archive.fo/RJ9h0
- MOE Key Laboratory of Functional Materials for Electronic Information (电子信息功能材料教育部重点实验室)http://archive.fo/zIwzI
- Key Laboratory of Gravity Navigation of Ministry of Education (重力导航教育部重点实验室)http://archive.fo/zIwzI
- Ministry of Education Key Laboratory of Warship Power Electronics and Energy Management (舰船电力电子与能量管理教育部重点实验室)http://archive.fo/zIwzI
- Key Laboratory of Pulsed Power Technology (脉冲功率技术教育部重点实验室)http://archive.fo/zIwzI
Designated defence research areas
HUST’s high number of defence laboratories means that it probably has several officially designated defence research areas. However, among these only ship design and manufacturing could be identified as one.https://web.archive.org/web/20190812032957/http://yz.kuakao.com/hust/tm/47624.html
Defence and security links
In 2018, HUST and CASC’s Academy of Aerospace Solid Propulsion Technology (AASPT) established a joint research centre on vibration damping and isolation.https://web.archive.org/web/20190325011313/http://www.cssn.cn/xtcxzx/201804/t20180402_3895650.shtml AASPT develops ballistic missiles, carrier rockets and satellites.https://web.archive.org/web/20180908032556/http://www.aaspt.net/list.asp?D_CataID=A0001
Noteworthy international collaborations
HUST collaborates with a number of foreign universities and labs, which are listed here.
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