June 29, 2017
Huawei has inked a 3 year partnership agreement with the University of Edinburgh to open a new laboratory just for Data Analytics. The university is setting up a lab dedicated for research and development of distributed data management and processing technology, with the help of the Chinese networking and hardware giant.
“The University of Edinburgh is delighted to partner with Huawei to perform further research into data science and data management,” said Timothy O’Shea, principal of the University of Edinburgh. “The creation of this laboratory gives our researchers the opportunity to apply their expertise to large-scale, real-world challenges in this very exciting area.”
The partnership is not new, since the two have been collaborating for a long time now, but the new collaboration will explore new engineering and scientific. The collaboration also aims at developing the fundamental science underpinning data management, and scale their findings for global use.
“Huawei is a long-term advocate of open innovation. We work with over 100 leading universities around the world, and the joint lab we are launching with the University of Edinburgh will go a long way in helping the ICT industry further its research into data science and enable digital transformation,” said Ken Hu, rotating CEO at Huawei.
The university has been working on solving data problems since a decade and is presently working strengthening its capabilities on driven research through a number of major investments, including its new Bayes Centre for Data Science and Technology, which is due to open next year. Interestingly it was also the first British university to produce a Chinese graduate in 1855.
Huawei also runs partnerships with a number of other universities in the U.K including University of Surrey where it is developing 5G network. It is expected to produce end-to-end tests on 5G networks by the end of this year. Besides that, the Chinese giant is also working with the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.
“The links between industrial and academic communities are strong here, so Europe is an excellent place for collaboration between business and academia,” added Ken.