Clarivate, the Chinese Academy of Engineering and the Higher Education Press of China Release Annual Joint Report to Identify 186 Engineering Fronts

Selecting 93 research and 93 development specialties in nine fields

London, U.K., December 14, 2020Clarivate Plc (NYSE: CLVT), a global leader in providing trusted information and insights to accelerate the pace of innovation, the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), and the Higher Education Press of China today released their fifth annual collaborative report – “Engineering Fronts 2021”. The report, which was launched at a joint forum in Beijing, has identified the hottest areas in engineering research and development.

Engineering Fronts 2021” identified 93 global engineering research fronts and 93 engineering development fronts in nine fields, aligned to the nine academic divisions under CAE. They are mechanical and vehicle engineering; information and electronic engineering; chemical, metallurgical, and materials engineering; energy and mining engineering; civil, hydraulic, and architectural engineering; environmental and light textile engineering; agriculture; medicine and health; engineering management. This year’s report has also highlighted 28 noteworthy key engineering research fronts and 28 noteworthy key engineering development fronts.

An engineering front is defined as a key direction for the future development of engineering science and technology. The engineering research fronts are identified based on citation data from the Web of Science™ as well as nomination by experts in engineering research. The engineering development fronts are identified based on the patent data in the Derwent Innovation™, as well as nomination by experts or patent analysis by patent industry peers.

Jeremy Lawson, Senior Vice President, Academia and Government Markets, Clarivate, said: “We are very proud to work together with the Chinese Academy of Engineering and the Higher Education Press of China to launch ‘Engineering Fronts 2021’, our fifth annual collaborative report. This is a very important report as its content guides us to the future research and development of engineering. At Clarivate, our vision is to improve the way the world creates, protects and advances innovation. Collaborations with global research organizations such as CAE are key to how we will help to advance global scientific research.”

Zhong Zhihua, Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Engineering said: “The annual Engineering Fronts report has become an important part in providing direction for academic research by CAE. We will continue to track the frontier of global engineering research, grasp the general trend of global science and technology development, study the new direction of scientific and technological revolution, and provide a stronger driving force for high-quality economic and social development.”

28 noteworthy key engineering research fronts are:

Key engineering research fronts Field
Flexible robotic endoscopy systems for minimally invasive surgery Mechanical and vehicle engineering
Unmanned underwater vehicle Mechanical and vehicle engineering
Micro insect-inspired flapping-wing vehicle Mechanical and vehicle engineering
In-memory computing technology for intelligent computing Information and electronic engineering
Photonic-electronic integrated circuits Information and electronic engineering
Integrated microwave photonics Information and electronic engineering
Novel high-performance ceramic energy storage materials and capacitors Chemical, metallurgical, and materials engineering
Synthesis of multicarbon platform compounds from CO2 Chemical, metallurgical, and materials engineering
Coupling hydrogen metallurgy to nuclear hydrogen production Chemical, metallurgical, and materials engineering
Regulation and control of theories and methods in power systems using a high proportion of renewable energy Energy and mining engineering
Research on inherent safety of nuclear fuel, characteristics of reactor safety mechanism, and multidisciplinary strong coupling mechanism Energy and mining engineering
Key technologies and challenges for natural gas hydrate exploitation Energy and mining engineering
Multi-information perception and early warning of hidden danger of mine disasters Energy and mining engineering
The eco-environmental effects of interbasin water transfer Civil, hydraulic, and architectural engineering
Resilience improvement of transportation infrastructure Civil, hydraulic, and architectural engineering
Low-carbon long-life cement-based materials Civil, hydraulic, and architectural engineering
Response mechanism of the soil carbon pool to global climate change Environmental and light textile engineering
Compound extreme climate events and disaster risk Environmental and light textile engineering
Preparation and functional application of superwetting biomass-based composite fibers Environmental and light textile engineering
Cross-specific transmission mechanism of important zoonoses Agriculture
Motion control and flexible operation of agricultural robots Agriculture
Hybrid breeding of aquatic animals and its molecular mechanism Agriculture
Molecular mechanism of genetic evolution and cross-species transmission with SARS-CoV-2 Medicine and health
Aging mechanism and intervention Medicine and health
Universal CAR-T cell immunotherapy Medicine and health
Research on the human-computer trust and collaboration mechanism in human-computer collaborative decision-making Engineering management
Research on blockchain-based data security management Engineering management
Research on the low-carbon transition management and driving mechanism of energy system Engineering management

28 noteworthy key engineering development fronts are:

Key engineering research fronts Field
Reusable spaceplane Mechanical and vehicle engineering
Development of coexisting-cooperative-cognitive robots Mechanical and vehicle engineering
Self-organized collaboration of multiple unmanned surface systems Mechanical and vehicle engineering
Chiplet design and chip-level three-dimensional stacking microsystem integration technology Information and electronic engineering
High-resolution millimeter-wave radar 4D imaging technology Information and electronic engineering
Ultrafast laser cross-scale micro-nano manufacturing technology Information and electronic engineering
Industrialization of low-cost and high-efficiency perovskite solar cells Chemical, metallurgical, and materials engineering
Deep purification and resource utilization of waste gas from the process industry Chemical, metallurgical, and materials engineering
Technology for large-scale homogeneous high-entropy alloy preparation Chemical, metallurgical, and materials engineering
Key technologies for low-cost, high-power, and high-efficiency alkaline water electrolysis (AWE) Energy and mining engineering
Research and development of key technologies and equipment for the biomass hydrogen production mechanism in high-temperature gas-cooled reactors Energy and mining engineering
Intelligent and efficient drilling tool assembly and drilling and completion technology Energy and mining engineering
High temperature resistant tool and system of measurement for drilling Energy and mining engineering
Intelligent construction technology for building engineering Civil, hydraulic, and architectural engineering
Intelligent and integrated sewage treatment devices for village and town Civil, hydraulic, and architectural engineering
Indoor and outdoor integrated high-precision positioning and navigation system Civil, hydraulic, and architectural engineering
Atmospheric oxidation capacity and ozone pollution control Environmental and light textile engineering
Marine bionic antifouling technology Environmental and light textile engineering
Development of new functional natural cellulose fibers Environmental and light textile engineering
Technology of genotype-phenotype association analysis in crop breeding population Agriculture
Gene editing and plant disease resistance Agriculture
Seriously degraded forest and grassland ecological restoration technology Agriculture
Clinical translational application of brain-computer interface technology Medicine and health
Genetically engineered organ xenotransplantation technology Medicine and health
Tumor neoantigen vaccines Medicine and health
Big data based disease diagnosis and prediction system and technology Engineering management
City information modeling (CIM) and systems Engineering management
Blockchain-based quality information tracking method and system Engineering management

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