University of Alberta Signs MOU with CETHIK in China

CETHIK UofA signing CEO Yu Cheng, CETHIK; and President David Turpin, University of Alberta sign the MOU on behalf of their respective organizations.

On October 13th, 2016, the University of Alberta and CETHIK Group Co. Ltd., a leading IT enterprise in China, signed a MOU for a new project in Hangzhou, China. President David Turpin, University of Alberta; CEO Yu Cheng, CETHIK; and Dr. Tony Z. Qiu, University of Alberta, were among those who attended the signing ceremony. CETHIK is contributing $1 million to the project, which will be led by Dr. Qiu and his research team on the U of A side.

CETHIK and the U of A have agreed to work together for the next 4 years on LTE 5G Connected Vehicle and Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) applications. To reduce congestion, enhance mobility, reduce collisions and improve safety, transportation management agencies across the world are developing and implementing various ITS strategies. Connected Vehicle technology is an exciting development within ITS that enables vehicles to communicate critical, potentially life-saving, real-time information with other vehicles and surrounding infrastructure via wired and wireless networks. Dr. Qiu is currently directing the ACTIVE-AURORA Connected Vehicle Test Bed, the first of its kind in Canada. 

CETHIK UofAOutcomes of the project with CETHIK are expected to include the development and commercialization of new technology, which can then be applied to cities in both Canada and China. The collaboration will also enhance education and training of students and personnel, providing an opportunity to apply knowledge in and experience a new environment with different traffic characteristics.