The Institute of Automation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CASIA) was established in 1956 as one of the earliest national automation institutions in China. The institute focuses on three main areas of intelligent technology: intelligent processing of massive information; intelligent control of complex systems; and integrated intelligent systems. CASIA produces innovative theory, key technology and conceptual systems to meet the strategic needs of the nation and of industry, making it well known worldwide in the field of intelligence science and technology.
As of the end of 2013, the institute had 294 full professors, associate professors or senior engineers; 122 junior researchers or technicians; and 66 administrative employees. CASIA’s staff includes two CAS academicians; five principle investigators for the National Key Fundamental Research Program (“973 Program”); six IEEE fellows; one National Thousand Talents Program fellow; one Thousand Talents Program for Outstanding Young Scientists fellow; and 19 CAS Hundred Talents Program fellows. Moreover, the institute has 356 Ph.D. candidates, 264 master’s students and 42 postdoctoral researchers.
The institute has 11 research departments, including two national key research laboratories, one national engineering center and one CAS key laboratory. Specific research fields include: pattern recognition theory and application, complex system management and parallel control, application-specific integrated circuit design, human brain computation based on neural computing, precise perception and intelligent control, intelligent medicine and new types of medical equipment design, and digital content understanding and media services. Institute researchers have won National Technological Invention Awards, National Science and Technology Progress Awards and international awards over the years.
CASIA has established academic links with numerous leading research institutions and universities around the world. In addition, the institute hosted the 23rd International Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2013) and the 13th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention (MICCAI 2010). It also hosts several IEEE conferences each year.
In light with its emphasis on international collaboration, the institute has five international joint laboratories. The Sino-French Laboratory for Computer Science, Automation and Applied Mathematics (LIAMA), founded in 1997, is jointly funded by CAS and France’s Inria. In 2008, the LIAMA Consortium was founded as a spin-off of this partnership in order to expand research opportunities to collaborators from other European countries. In 2008, CASIA also joined with the National University of Singapore to establish the China-Singapore Institute of Digital Media, with the support of the Media Development Authority (MDA) of Singapore, thus becoming CAS’s first overseas CAS research entity. In 2012, CASIA and the Beijing Municipal Government signed a joint agreement with Intel to establish the China Intel Internet of Things (IoT) Research Institute to collaborate on IoT-related technology research and promote the development of the IoT industry. The initiative will link Intel's computing and semiconductor expertise with the demands of IoT firms in China. In addition, CASIA has a joint laboratory with the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology to conduct research on intelligent recognition. It also has set up a joint laboratory on with the University of Queensland, Australia to conduct brain network research as part of the “Brainnetome” Project.