As an integral part of JIE’s mission, research plays a tremendous role in shaping the educational experience of graduate students.  For JIE students at both the masters and Ph.D. levels, there will many opportunities to engage in both short-term and long-term research at Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU) as well as Carnegie Mellon University. The ongoing focus of JIE is to encourage collaborative and interdisciplinary research between the communities of both institutions, including faculty.

Founded in 1924 in the Guangdong Province, SYSU is a leading university in China with a rich history and excellence in providing education in a vast number of fields, most notably in the medical sciences. Benefiting from its proximity to Hong Kong and Macao, the university has become an importance base for education and research within the region.

Carnegie Mellon University is an internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 11,000 students in the university’s seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation.

Partnered with Carnegie Mellon’s prominence in interdisciplinary innovation, particularly in the fields of science, technology and engineering, the JIE’s research has the unique position of building upon the strengths of both SYSU and Carnegie Mellon.

Therefore, JIE’s research will strategically focus on four main thrust areas, which will greatly influence the transition economy of China.

  • Supercomputing & Big Data
  • Biomedical applications
  • Autonomous driving
  • Smart grids and power systems

To further the efforts of these research areas, two research institutes have been established along side JIE, one located in Pittsburgh at Carnegie Mellon and one located in the Shunde district of Foshan City in China.