University students and ABB explore the smart future together

  • The third ABB university innovation contest, themed “Smart Technology, Intelligent Upgrading", has come to a successful conclusion;
  • Three teams from University of Science and Technology Beijing, Zhengzhou University of Light Industry and Taiwan’s Tsing Hua University won the first prize.
  • Beijing, August 29, 2014 – ABB today announced the winners of the third ABB university innovation contest (UIC2014) in China. Following fierce competition, three teams University of Science and Technology Beijing, Zhengzhou University of Light Industry and Taiwan’s Tsing Hua University won the first prize respectively. A further six teams won the second prize and nine teams won the third prize, respectively.

    Around the theme “Smart Technology, Intelligent Upgrading", the UIC2014 set up three conceptual topics closely related with smart technology: "smart communities and green power", "intelligent manufacturing", and "smart power equipment". Since its kickoff on May 5 this year, the contest has attracted students from close to 200 universities across 29 mainland China provinces and municipalities, as well as Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. Around 200 submissions were received in total.

    The participants submitted proposals featuring bold innovations and designs in a number of pioneering technology fields, including a public electric vehicle rental system, a mobile terminal-based new wireless access control system, a smart home system for elderly people living alone, big data network-based cluster mobile industrial robot systems, as well as an application of the Google Glass concept workshop automation. Altogether, the proposals highlighted the wide range of potential applications of smart technology in the future of production and daily life.

    Dr. Chunyuan Gu, head of ABB North Asia and Chairman and President of ABB (China) Limited, said: "Talent is the foundation of enterprise development, and innovation is the core driving force of economic and social development. We hope to establish the ABB University Innovation Contest as an important platform to demonstrate outstanding creative breakthroughs in the fields of power and automation, so as to further promote the innovative spirit of the entire industry, develop more and more leading smart technologies and contribute to China's economic restructuring and industrial upgrading."

    Over the years, ABB has always attached importance to and made sustained investment into promoting talent cultivation and technological innovation. With a firm commitment to the localization of R&D and technological innovation, ABB has now established the ABB Corporate Research Center in China, one of its seven global research centers, and employs more than 2,000 R&D experts in China. In March 2014, the ABB China Corporate Research Center was ranked among the "Top 10 Most Influential Research and Development Centers” by Global Science. In addition, ABB has also carried out multi-level university-enterprise collaborations with several Chinese universities, including 28 research projects conducted jointly by ABB and 16 universities and research institutions. While promoting talent cultivation in universities, the campaign has also successfully fostered joint innovation between ABB and the Chinese universities.

    Since its launch in 2012, the UIC has been successfully held three times, attracting the active participation of students from over 500 universities in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. The contest was designed to stimulate innovation among university students, and to provide a platform for participants to communicate with each other and with industry experts.

    ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 150,000 people. ABB has a full range of business activities in China, including R&D, manufacturing, sales and services, with 19,000 employees, 37 local companies, and an extensive sales and service network across 109 cities.

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