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Several Chinese universities are working with Boeing Phantom Works to research and develop new technologies for wireless communications.

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) has entered into collaborative agreements with Boeing Phantom Works, together with Tsinghua University in Beijing and Southeast University in Nanjing, to research and develop new technologies for wireless communications.

The research, intended to enable breakthroughs that will benefit onboard entertainment systems for Boeing's commercial aeroplanes and communication among maintenance technicians at airports, will be carried out over the next year by Chinese professors and university students.

At the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, students and faculty will work on the problem of seamless connectivity among different networks used by aircraft line maintenance technicians at airports. Hong Kong International Airport will also participate in the research.

At Tsinghua University, research will focus on ways to improve the quality of wireless video streaming for onboard entertainment systems. Research also will be conducted on ways to make better use of the capacity of existing wiring for onboard entertainment systems.

At Southeast University, studies will be conducted on compact, ultra-wideband antennas for onboard entertainment systems that do not cause interference with other systems on the aeroplane.

'Over the last 20 years, Chinese universities have made great strides in their research capabilities, so much so that many multinational companies have established research labs in China,' said Robb Graham, a leader in Phantom Works' Engineering and Information Technology organisation. 'Our desire is to work with some of the best technical minds in the world, and the Chinese are doing very innovative research in wireless and information technology.'