Imperial College London (ICL) and Huawei have announced the opening of a new data science innovation laboratory.
The Imperial College - Huawei Data Science Innovation Laboratory will be designed to bring together experts from across Imperial’s faculties and Huawei researchers to harness data science research and develop new applications in fields such as smart cities, energy and healthcare.
The data science lab is the first major corporate partnership within Imperial’s new Data Science Institute, which will cultivate multidisciplinary collaborations between the college’s academic experts and research partners to develop big data technologies.
Huawei chief executive officer William Xu said: “Investing in innovation is central to Huawei’s business strategy and this exciting collaboration will help us stay at the cutting edge of data science developments. Imperial College is a global institution with unrivalled knowledge in this field.
“By bringing its experts together with our engineers we believe we can create new products and services that will harness the huge potential of big data.”
The partnership will see information and communications technology firm Huawei invest in cutting-edge equipment including next-generation cloud computing servers, a research and innovation fund, and operational costs for the new lab.
ICL president Sir Keith O’Nions said: “Huawei’s investment of knowledge and funding in this lab will empower some of the world’s leading experts to accelerate the development of next-generation big data technologies.”