Alibaba Cloud and PolyU to Advance Smart Cities and Smart Healthcare

Extended cooperation will focus on artificial intelligence research and applications with implications for the Greater Bay Area.

HONG KONG, November 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/

Extended cooperation will focus on artificial intelligence research and applications with implications for the Greater Bay Area  

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today to strengthen their cooperation in Artificial Intelligence (AI) research, particularly focusing on the areas of smart cities and smart healthcare. The two parties hope to translate research findings 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.

The two parties will further explore the opportunity for setting up a joint research center 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.

Photo: Professor Alex WAI, PolyU’s Vice President (Research Development), (left) and Mr Simon HU, Senior Vice President of Alibaba Group and President of Alibaba Cloud sign the MoU on behalf of the two parties. (PRNewsfoto/PolyU)

In the area of ​​smart cities, 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.

As for smart healthcare, PolyU and Alibaba Cloud 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.

Source: PolyU

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