1.1.1 Joint laboratories and centers SJTU-QUB Joint Laboratory

The China-UK Science Bridge Joint Laboratory on Autonomous Service Robots was established in 2010 based on the Autonomous Robot Laboratory, Department of Automation, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and is directed by Prof. Weidong Chen to provide advanced facilities for the research and development of robotics. The mission is to conduct the basic research related to service robotics and to explore novel applications of robot technologies in medical service, health care, and our daily life.


Signing of SJTU-QUB Joint Lab on Autonomous Service Robots on Sept. 14, 2010.


Demonstration of intelligent wheelchair and robotic arm at the SJTU-QUB Joint Lab. SHU-QUB Joint Laboratory

To promote the UK-China Science Bridge Project, The China-UK Science Bridge Joint Laboratory on Energy and Automation was established in 2009 based on Shanghai Key Laboratory of Power Station Automation Technology, Department of Automation, Shanghai University, and is directed by Prof. Minrui Fei. The mission is to investigate advancing automation technologies for energy saving in different energy-intensive industrial sectors. The Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast commented that “The Science Bridge alliance is an important building block in our internationalization strategy. It builds on existing and valuable links between Queen’s and China”.


Signing of SHU-QUB Joint Lab on Energy and Automation on May 20, 2009

The event has been intensively reported and covered by Chinese and UK media, including over 30 famous newspapers, website and television, etc. Especially, it has been broadcasted by Shanghai TV at the golden time during the night watched by millions of people.


Chinese and UK media Report UK-China Science Bridge Concrete Centre

SBCC was formed in 2009 as part of ongoing UK-China Science Bridge project work and was inaugurated in May 2009 by the Vice Chancellor of QUB, Professor Peter Gregson, in Beijing. SBCC is supported by several universities, research centres, government agencies and companies from both the UK and China and co-managed by Queen’s University and the Central Research Institute of Building and Construction (CRIBC). CRIBC is a leading UK-China Science Bridge project partner and is committed to spearheading SBCC activities in China. The intention is that SBCC will operate self-sufficiently on a sponsorship- and/or membership-fee basis and enter into an agreement with CS/ICT for a range of mutually beneficial activities. Joint laboratory for cementitious materials, Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology

This joint laboratory was inaugurated on 13 September 2010 by the Vice Chancellor of QUB, Professor Peter Gregson and Professor Delong Xu, the President of XAUAT. Professor Xu is the only current Academician of Chinese Engineering Academy in the area of Cement Chemistry and the group led by him is among the top in this area in China. Using state of the art equipment and technologies, the laboratory enables leading researchers from the UK and China to undertake analysis of cementitious materials and products in the interest of developing sustainable, durable solutions for the built environment, and forms the basis for student and staff exchange. Joint Laboratory on Sustainable Construction, Shanghai Jiaotong University

This joint laboratory was inaugurated on 14 September 2010 by the Vice Chancellor of QUB, Professor Peter Gregson. Shanghai Jiao Tong University is ranked as one of the top Universities in the world in this field.  The joint collaboration will focus on energy efficient building technologies, sustainable construction design and building materials/building physics amongst others allowing graduate student exchange visits and continued research collaboration. UK-China Science Bridge Concrete Durability Monitoring Station

This joint laboratory was inaugurated on 19 September 2010 by the Vice Chancellor of QUB, Professor Peter Gregson. Jointly run by Zhejiang University and QUB, the monitoring station is situated on the Hangzhou Bay Bridge. The bridge is a highway bridge across Hangzhou Bay in the eastern coastal region of China, connecting the municipalities of Jiaxing and Ningbo in Zhejiang province. At 22 miles long, it is one of the longest trans-oceanic bridges in the world. The durability monitoring station will enable the UK-China team to investigate new materials and in-situ structural monitoring systems aimed at enhancing the long-term performance and durability of civil engineering infrastructure.