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University and Alibaba Cloud partner on smart cities

In the area of smart cities, the parties will strive to apply big data technologies and the deep neural network to areas such as urban planning

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Applications will be piloted in Hong Kong and rolled out to the Greater Bay Area and beyond
Applications will be piloted in Hong Kong and rolled out to the Greater Bay Area and beyond

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, have agreed to work more closely in artificial intelligence (AI) research, particularly focusing on the areas of smart cities and smart healthcare.

 

PolyU has been working with Alibaba Group through various inter-disciplinary research, since 2016.

 

Hong Kong pilots

 

It is anticipated the research findings from the extended strategic cooperation will translate into real applications which can be initially adopted in Hong Kong as a pilot and then rolled out to the rest of the Greater Bay Area and other overseas cities.

 

In the area of smart cities, under the terms of the signed memorandum of understanding (MoU), the two parties will strive to apply big data technologies and the deep neural network to areas such as public transportation management and urban planning.

 

“PolyU and Alibaba Group have been working closely together for some time, collaborating on many Alibaba research projects, AI-related projects and activities,” said Professor Philip Chan, deputy president and provost, PolyU.

 

“Combining the two parties’ research capabilities in AI and big data analysis, we will deliver fruitful results for both scientific research and technological development.”

 

PolyU and Alibaba will further explore the opportunity for setting up a joint research centre to advance AI research, including fundamental research, applied research and commercialisation of research findings that will ultimately support the development of the ecosystem and benefit the wider community.

“Combining the two parties’ research capabilities in AI and big data analysis, we will deliver fruitful results for both scientific research and technological development"

As for smart healthcare, the parties hope to develop a series of advanced and impactful AI-application technologies. Initiatives that have already been identified include helping to lower medical expenses, reducing the chance of medical malpractice, assisting in the automation of diagnostic procedures and providing more personalised medication services for patients.

 

“In 2017, Alibaba Cloud launched the ET Brain series which integrated urban management, industrial optimisation, auxiliary medical care, environmental management and aviation scheduling amongst other capabilities,” added Simon Hu, senior vice president of Alibaba Group.

 

“We are confident that by combining Alibaba Cloud’s powerful cloud computing infrastructure and AI technology with PolyU’s research capabilities, we will be able to drive forward the digital transformation of industries through applicable technologies that enhance people’s lives.”

 

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