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BAICIRS Professor Granted “Friendship Award” by Chinese Government

Source: Date: 2019-10-22

The "Friendship Award" certificate


On the eve of the 70th anniversary of the founding of People’s Republic of China, the ceremony of 2019 Chinese Government Friendship Award was held in the Great Hall of the People. BAICIRS Professor Kaoru Hirota was among the attendees to receive the award.


Over the 28 years since its establishment in 1991, the award − the highest honor conferred by the Chinese government to foreign experts – has graced 1699 people. This year, 100 experts from 31 countries were marked out for their outstanding contribution to Chinese modernization, reform and opening up. To date, two professors of BAICIRS have received this distinction ─ Toshio Fukuda and Kaoru Hirota.


Chinese Premier Li Keqiang meets the award-winning experts 


At the ceremony, Minister of Technology Wang Zhigang announced the laureates before they were each presented with a certificate from Vice Premier Liu He. On the afternoon of 30 September, Premier Li Keqiang met the experts and their families. Professor Hirota and his wife also attended a welcome reception that celebrated the 70th anniversary of PRC.


 “It is a great honor for me to receive this award when China celebrates its 70th anniversary. I’m grateful to Beijing Institute of Technology and its Advanced Innovation Center for Intelligent Robots and Systems, for their consistent support. I want to thank Professor Dai Yaping, my colleague in BIT, for helping me throughout the application. Going forward, I’ll continue to play my bridging role to facilitate the development and prosperity of the friendship between the academic communities of China and Japan”, noted Kaoru. 


In recent years, BIT has been speeding up the “Double First Class” efforts by emphasizing on the acquisition of high-level talents, talent development and retention and enhancement of academic capabilities underscored by the university’s distinctive strengths. BIT believes attracting and growing talents are equally important, and endeavors to build an enabling environment for its faculty. With the “5+3” discline clusters as a compass, the university sets out to take on leading innovation talents worldwide through pin-point hiring policies.


Prof. Kaoru Hirota


Professor Kaoru Hirota has long been studying computational intelligence, the fuzzy theory, emotion modeling and perception, intelligent optimization and control and robotics, and has made remarkable achievements. He is one of the first scientists in artificial intelligence to put forward the concept of computational intelligence.


Much has been achieved in his collaboration with BIT in scientific and technological innovation projects since 2014. He joined the State Key Laboratory for Complex System Intelligent Control and Decision in 2015 and BAICIRS in 2017, and is now a full-time professor at BIT. Over the five years in BIT, he has built a team of experts in emotion computing, supervised five PhD students, 12 Masters and one postdoctoral researcher, among whom one eventually assumed the teaching position in the university. Leveraging his influence in the academic community, Professor Hirota promoted and organized ISCIIA (International Symposium on Computational Intelligence and Industrial Application) and IWACIII (International Workshop on Advanced Computational Intelligence and Intelligent Informatics), making significant contribution to cross-national exchanges in computational intelligence and intelligent informatics, opening up new paths for communication on new research directions and elevating the global impact of control science and engineering.