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Da Nang workshop studies and analyzes data for future cities

Updated at Thursday, 12 Jul 2018, 14:31
The Hanoitimes - A symposium themed “data analytics for future cities research” is being held in the central city of Da Nang on July 11-13 as part of the researcher links program funded by the Newton Fund.
Jointly held by the Vietnam-UK Research and Training Institute under the Da Nang University and the UK’s Aston University, the event aims to connect young researchers with Vietnamese and foreign leading experts in data science.
 
The overview of symposium. Photo: Luu Huong
The overview of symposium. Photo: Luu Huong
The conference has attracted more than 40 young researchers in the field of data science in Vietnam, the UK and many other countries in the world in the fields of computer vision, signal processing, separation modeling, natural language processing, social information analysis, mathematical modeling, complex social-science networks.

At the workshop, participants discussed and identified potential research directions in building future cities to help improve aspects of economic development, social security and environmental quality in urban areas.

The four main themes discussed at the workshop were distribution and management of resources for urban development, traffic direction in big cities, personalization of health services, monitoring public feedback on policies and events.

According to experts, with the explosive development of information technology, data has become a valuable resource that plays a central role in many development plans and the efficient use of the latest scientific and technological advances. It aims to provide better service, make the right decisions, discover the nature, optimize the process towards the goal of developing and perfecting the information society.

Data analysis will play an increasingly important role in all industries by 2020, especially in the context of the Industrial Revolution 4.0.

In her opening speech, Vice Director of the municipal Department of Science and Technology Vu Thi Bich Hau said many new urban areas are under development in Da Nang such as Hoa Xuan, Da Phuoc, and Golden Hill. 

However, the rapid development of urban areas is causing pressures on the city in terms of sustainable urban development, she noted. 

The municipal authority looks to address the issues in building a smart and environmentally-friendly city to become one of the driving forces for socio-economic development in the central region, she added.  

Hau affirmed that the municipal authority is always willing to listen to the opinions of scientists and supports the practical and useful research for Da Nang’s development in the future. 

She expressed her hope that Aston University, the Vietnam-UK Research and Training Institute, and the municipal Department of Science and Technology will continue to promote cooperation and contribute to developing high-quality human resources towards turning the city into a center of science and technology. 

Participants are focusing their discussion on new methods, techniques, and applications of data analytics for the sustainable development of cities in the UK, Vietnam, and other ASEAN countries.

The Newton Fund is the UK’s official development cooperation program in the field of research and innovation. It builds research and innovation partnerships with other countries to support their economic development and social welfare, and to develop their research and innovation capacity for long-term sustainable growth. 

The fund is managed by the UK’s Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy, and delivered through 15 UK delivery partners.

Da Nang authorities has been learning from the world's experience to develop a green, intelligent city. Specifically, it has received advice from foreign experts such as Singapore and Germany in urban development planning and environmental protection, promoted the research and application of research results not only in the field of urban development but issues related to real life.

Da Nang expects the workshop to provide opportunities for international strategic cooperation and is particularly useful for orienting and deploying solutions for the city.
Anh Kiet
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