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Smart cities and big data workshop underway in Hanoi

Released at: 16:23, 04/09/2018

Smart cities and big data workshop underway in Hanoi

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"Connecting to smart cities - Developing a roadmap to explore big data analytical solutions to address the Mekong Delta's current challenges" workshop being held from September 3 to 6.

by Hai My

Can Tho University in the Mekong Delta and the University of Salford in the UK are holding a workshop from September 3 to 6 in Hanoi on “Connecting to smart cities - Developing a roadmap to explore big data analytical solutions to address the Mekong Delta’s current challenges”, under a Researcher Links scheme supported by the Newton Fund.

The Lower Mekong Basin is an incredibly dynamic region, currently undergoing rapid urbanization, economic growth, industrialization and extensive agricultural development. The workshop will address the rapid urbanization and development challenges faced in the lower Mekong Delta, using cross-disciplinary smart city and big data-related innovations, including the Internet of Things (IoT), cyber-physical systems, and artificial intelligence. Some 40 early career researchers in data science, smart cities, built environments and related fields from the UK and Vietnam will attend the workshop to discuss the future research challenges in the field.

The workshop helps build invaluable cooperation for innovation between UK and Vietnamese academic institutions and industry and focuses on improving the social, environmental and economic aspects of urban areas. It also provides opportunities for early career researchers to learn from each other and explore opportunities for building long-lasting research cooperation.

It is being led by Professor Hisham Elkadi from the University of Salford, Associate Professor Nguyen Chi Ngon, Dean of the College of Information Technology at Can Tho University, and Associate Professor Le Anh Tuan, Deputy Director of the Dragon - Mekong Institute at Can Tho University.

The endeavor is supported by an #ResearcherLinks workshop grant under the #NewtonFund Vietnam Programme partnership. The grant is funded by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and delivered by the British Council.

The British Council is the UK’s international organization for cultural relations and educational opportunities. It works in over 100 countries in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education, and civil society. Last year it reached over 75 million people directly and 758 million people overall, both online and by broadcasts and publications.

The Newton Fund builds research and innovation partnerships with 17 active partner countries to support their economic development and social welfare and develop their research and innovation capacity for long-term sustainable growth.

It is managed by BEIS and delivered through seven UK delivery partners, which includes UK Research and Innovation (comprising the seven research councils and Innovate UK), the UK Academies, the British Council, and the Met Office.

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