Zhihui Jun Departs Huawei's Venture; Peking University and Chiyuan Robotics Unveil Joint Lab

Zhihui Jun, the former Huawei prodigy who left the tech giant in 2022 to embark on an entrepreneurial journey, has taken a significant stride in the field of robotics. Today, Peking University News Network announced the establishment of the "Peking University-Zhiyuan Robotics Joint Laboratory" at the Peking University Frontier Computing Research Center.

Yao Weihao, Director of the Science and Technology Development Department at Peking University, expressed optimism about the collaboration during the unveiling ceremony. He outlined the expectations of leveraging the technical strengths of both entities, fostering mutual resource complementarity, and nurturing prominent talents in the burgeoning field of robotics.

Chiyuan co-founder Peng Zhihui, also known as Zhihui Jun, outlined the laboratory's research and development goals. Emphasizing the significance of the school-enterprise cooperation model, Peng aims to work closely with Peking University to implement research findings. The joint effort seeks to advance embodied intelligence and drive the evolution of the robotics industry on a global scale.

Dong Hao, a researcher at Peking University's Frontier Computing Research Center and the director of the newly established joint laboratory, described the collaboration as a "strong alliance." He anticipates groundbreaking technological achievements in embodied intelligence and robotic intelligence technology, propelling the joint initiative to the forefront of global innovation.

Zhihui Jun made headlines with his departure from Huawei at the end of 2022 to found Zhiyuan Robotics. In August 2023, Zhihui Jun unveiled the first product of his venture, the Zhiyuan Robot Expedition A1. Standing at 175cm and weighing 55kg, the humanoid robot boasts over 49 degrees of freedom, can bear 80kg, and has a peak torque of 350N·m, utilizing water cooling for enhanced performance.

Equipped with a computing power of 200TOPS, an RGBD camera, lidar, IMU (inertial sensor), and a microphone array, the "Expedition A1" aims to be a technological marvel. Zhihui Jun expressed his long-term goal of keeping the hardware cost below 200,000 yuan. The robot is initially slated for use in new energy manufacturing and 3C manufacturing, with collaborations already established with leading companies in these sectors. The joint efforts of Peking University and Chiyuan Robotics are poised to further elevate China's standing in the global robotics landscape.

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