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Hong Kong’s PolyU launches center for big data analytics, seeks industry partners

By David Schwartz
Published: May 15th, 2018

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) recently established the University Research Facility in Big Data Analytics (UBDA), which it says is the first university-wide research facility in big data analytics among Hong Kong universities.

UBDA cites three main goals: to foster cross-disciplinary research collaborations within PolyU, establish strong partnerships with industry around big data analytics applications, and promote big data education in Hong Kong.

At the opening for the facility, PolyU President Timothy Tong said the school hopes “we can bring together not only colleagues from different disciplines, but also external partners in different sectors, to do some joint research.”

UBDA will initially focus on Smart City and Smart Internet of Things (IoT), Finance, and Healthcare. Its big data experts will provide consultancy service and technical support to the PolyU research community and industry partners. The center is already involved in collaborative big data analytics projects with external partners including the Airport Authority Hong Kong, Hong Kong Police Force, Alibaba, GogoVan, Huawei, and Microsoft.

The Airport authority collaboration, for example, involves developing a Big Data-Driven Airport Resource Management (BigARM) Engine to improve the efficiency of resource management at the airport, including the baggage claim carousel allocation. The effort seeks to address the challenge of achieving balanced usage and efficient allocation of baggage carousels to handle hundreds of arrival flights daily.

The Under Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Dr David Chung, said the facility will allow researchers at PolyU to “carry out more forward-looking research projects that will benefit the society and supporting a vibrant big data innovation ecosystem in Hong Kong.”

On the same day the facility opened, the University also announced the founding of  the Consortium for Innovation in Big Data and Artificial Intelligence, which serves as an open platform for industry and other organizations to collaborate with PolyU on research related to big data analytics and artificial intelligence.

Source: OpenGov

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