April 11, 2016
Huawei this weekend welcomed Toronto Mayor John Tory to its R&D facility as part of the City of Toronto China Trade Mission. In support of the visit, Huawei and the University of Toronto announced that they have reached agreement on a research partnership agreement they said will “serve as a framework for existing and future investment, while making the university a key partner in Huawei’s global academic research network.
“We are proud to welcome Mayor Tory to our research facility in Shanghai, and believe this agreement between Huawei and the University of Toronto will stand as a symbol of the strong academic and technology links between China and the Toronto Region,” said Huawei Canada president Sean Yang. “Our commitment to Canada is deep, and our ongoing investment with the University of Toronto reflects our confidence in the talent and outstanding network of ICT researchers that exist in Toronto and the province of Ontario.”
Last month, Huawei announced a plan to accelerate investment in the province of with the opening of new research facilities in Markham and Waterloo to complement its flagship Canada Research Centre in Ottawa.
“This research partnership between Huawei and the University of Toronto reflects the world-class research and technology talent that lives in our city,” said Tory.
The partnership will see Huawei invest over $3 million in research projects with the University over the next three years.
The framework will also broaden the scope of Huawei’s current interaction with the University of Toronto in core R&D areas such as electrical & computer engineering and computer science and will look to support research initiatives in areas such as mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, materials science, chemical engineering, biomedical engineering, aerospace engineering and theoretical and applied physics.
“This new agreement with Huawei opens countless opportunities for collaboration beyond the areas of cloud acceleration and data-centre optimization, where we have long enjoyed strong partnerships,” said Professor Ted Sargent, vice-dean, research, for the faculty of applied science & engineering. “We look forward to exploring joint projects that build upon U of T Engineering’s world-leading research strengths in biomedical engineering, materials science and other fields.”