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HKxChinaxWorld Series: Technology and Entrepreneurship

September 16, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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In pursuit of autonomous cars and a dream

How a group of young engineers quit their jobs at top companies to create a start-up in Shenzhen.

The young founders of Roadstar.ai, an autonomous vehicle startup based in Shenzhen and Silicon Valley, will share their stories of adventure and entrepreneurship.  Created in 2017, Roadstar.ai has been recognized by various international rankings as an up and coming AI enterprise. The company has raised an angel round of US$ 10 million from leading venture capital funds.

What drives these tech talents to quit their jobs at Boeing, Apple, Google and Tesla, to band together to create their own company?

What are the opportunities and challenges of setting up your own start-up?

What is Hong Kong’s role in technology development in Shenzhen and the world?


Dr. Jan Wei Pan, P.E. (USA) is the Technical R&D Director of Roadstar.ai and has worked in the AI/Autonomous driving industry for 12+ years, including as Boeing company’s autonomy software architecture lead and Sr.Adv Technologist. He has also worked as Liebherr Tech Lead, responsible for developing autonomous vehicle’s awareness and decision-making systems, He is a member of the ISO Technical Advisory Committee and AI/ML Adjunct Graduate Faculty at Tennessee State University.  He holds a PhD from Virginia Tech.

Dr. Zhou Zhizhong: is the localization tech lead of roadstar.ai, with expertise in lidar/vision-based SLAM and visual inertial odometry.  He has worked in the localization team in Apple’s Titan project. He hold a EE B.S, & M.S in EE and a PhD in CS from National Taiwan University.

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HKxChinaxWorld Series aims to inform and discuss Hong Kong’s role in a truly globalised era, where technology and society keep changing by the day. A-Salon invites speakers to critically engage with our residents and those that are interested on various topics that concern Hong Kong’s present and future.


HK x China x World Series - In pursuit of autonomous cars and a dream


September 16, 2017
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Room 304, Shun Hing College
9, Lung Wah Street
Hong Kong, Hong Kong
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