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[Hunan Daily] Hunan Province's Four Major Laboratories: Winning Core Competitiveness in Key Core Technology Breakthroughs

2024-03-29

Hunan Daily Omnimedia Reporter Wang Mingjun

"The core element for developing new quality productive forces is scientific and technological innovation." "With a population of over 1.4 billion, food security in China must be ensured by ourselves. The rice bowl of Chinese people should mainly be filled with Chinese grain."... In recent days, General Secretary Xi Jinping's important speech on technological innovation during his inspection in Hunan and the symposium on promoting the rise of the central region in the new era have sparked enthusiastic responses in Hunan Province's four major laboratories.

Everyone expressed their commitment to aligning national needs, future directions, and Hunan's capabilities to promote the integration of innovation and industry chains. They aim to achieve core competitiveness in tackling key technologies, providing essential technological support for realizing the beautiful blueprint of "Three Highlands, Four New Missions".

As the laboratory in our province’s four major laboratories focusing on advanced computing and artificial intelligence, Xiangjiang Laboratory has currently established a "Four-in-One" industry alliance for the integrated development of computing power, algorithms, data, and networks with 35 leading companies, including Huawei, JD, and Baidu. It has also signed strategic cooperation agreements with over 50 companies, such as Huawei, Inspur, and China Construction Fifth Engineering Division Corp., Ltd. The laboratory has launched a series of major projects in emerging and future fields such as next-generation artificial intelligence, the metaverse, biological intelligent manufacturing, and quantum technology. It has released seven innovative products in cutting-edge areas, including multimodal AI large models, an industrial operating system, and Beidou navigation.

"General Secretary Xi Jinping emphasized the need to pay greater attention to the deep integration of technological innovation and industrial innovation, strengthen major scientific and technological breakthroughs, and enhance the technical support capability for industrial innovation and development. We feel a great sense of responsibility and a glorious mission in this regard ", said Chen Xiaohong, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), Director of Xiangjiang Laboratory, and Secretary of the CPC HUTB Committee. Chen Xiaohong stated that the next step for Xiangjiang Laboratory is to further strengthen cooperation with leading industry enterprises, intensify joint scientific and technological efforts, and continue to empower advanced manufacturing and future industries such as generative artificial intelligence, brain-inspired intelligence, humanoid robots, biological intelligent manufacturing, and digital media. The goal is to build an "Artificial Intelligence+" innovation consortium, promote collaborative innovation between industry, education, and research, and accelerate the formation of new quality productive forces.

On Sunday, March 24, Shao Ye, a researcher at the Hunan Academy of Agricultural Sciences, was still busy in the laboratory working on the breeding of rice varieties. Not far away, in the Hunan Academy of Agricultural Sciences Area of the Yuelu Mountain Laboratory Cluster, one of the four major laboratories in our province, construction was also being expedited to ensure the timely delivery of projects and the on-schedule move-in of research teams.

General Secretary Xi Jinping pointed out that Hunan must shoulder the heavy responsibility of safeguarding national food security, focusing on two key areas: seeds and farmland. It should accelerate the key technological breakthroughs in the seed industry and agricultural machinery. "Holding high the banner of revitalizing the national seed industry, we will focus on key areas such as third-generation hybrid rice, green high-quality rice, and saline-alkali tolerant hybrid rice. We will conduct a series of original research, continuously break through key technologies in hybrid rice, and strive to achieve new breakthroughs in the breeding of new varieties", said Shao. He also emphasized the importance of grounding oneself in the experimental fields and focusing on technological innovation. He and his colleagues will strengthen collaborative research efforts and increase the research and development efforts of agricultural mechanization equipment to promote the development of agricultural mechanization in hilly and mountainous areas.

Committed to high-quality applied research, "The Center aims to 'serve the industrial development of Hunan and create an innovation technology engine' as its goal, accelerating the aggregation of a group of technical managers and technology innovation talents", introduced Yu Jinqing, Deputy Director of the Yuelu Mountain Industrial Innovation Center (Laboratory) and professor at Hunan University. He stated that in 2023, the center (laboratory) served more than 340 companies in the province, and through key technological breakthroughs such as hard carbon negative electrode materials, air suspension high-speed centrifugal blowers, and new photoresist materials, it has cumulatively increased the output value of enterprises by tens of billions of yuan.

Yu Jinqing stated that in the next step, the center (laboratory) will help companies solve a batch of key core technical problems, transform a batch of manufacturing equipment and production processes, develop a batch of market-competitive new products, and cultivate a batch of high-tech enterprises, "gazelle enterprises", and "unicorn enterprises". It will strive to become an important partner in the industrial development of Hunan and a key accelerator for the upgrading of industries in Hunan.

In pursuit of the health and well-being of the people, technological innovation forges a "strong shield for health". Furong Laboratory focuses on cutting-edge technologies in precision medicine, guided by national demands. It adheres to the principles of simultaneous construction, operation, and achievement generation. Currently, it has achieved a number of internationally and domestically leading breakthrough technological achievements in areas such as stem cell therapy for psoriasis and liver failure, and gene editing therapy for children with thalassemia.

"We will attach great importance to technological innovation and accelerate the transformation and application of scientific and technological achievements", said Xiang Bo, Executive Deputy Director of Furong Laboratory. "Innovation plays an active role in the field of life and health, making it a crucial area for global scientific and technological competition." Committed to enhancing innovation capabilities in the field of life and health, Furong Laboratory will innovate in collaborative models and mechanisms between industry, education, and research. This will enable scientific and technological achievements to "emerge" from the laboratory and "transform" into new drivers, better serving national strategies and local socio-economic development, and contributing to developing Hunan into a science and technology innovation highland.

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