WHAT LAB, which is short for WeChat-HKUST Joint Lab on Artificial Intelligence Technology, is dedicated to foster artificial intelligence and big data research to improve people’s living and advance the frontiers of knowledge, marking a milestone in the collaboration of WeChat and the higher education sector.

WeChat and HKUST will jointly conduct Artificial Intelligence (AI) Technology related research and explore the far-reaching frontiers of AI. Today AI technology is experiencing a tremendous growth, and much of this advance depends on talents, problems and data. WeChat and HKUST complement each other in these aspects, and this collaboration on AI research is expected to be long-term and world-leading. Research areas of WHAT LAB include intelligent robotic systems, natural language processing, data mining, speech recognition and understanding. The Lab will bring together top researchers in the development of innovative artificial intelligence application with the database of WeChat.