The University of Edinburgh has entered into a partnership with global information and communications technology provider Huawei.
The partnership will last three years and will see the two organisations open a new lab for distributed data management and processing in the University’s School of Informatics. The University of Edinburgh and Huawei will explore new theories and technologies in data management and target research into the next generation of information technology.
The partnership was announced at Huawei’s European Innovation Day in London. Ken Hu, deputy chairman of the Board and rotating CEO at Huawei, and professor Timothy O’Shea, principal of the University of Edinburgh, signed the agreement in the presence of professor David Robertson, dean of the University’s College of Science and Engineering and professor Wenfei Fan, director of the new lab.
The new lab will investigate scientific and engineering research challenges relevant to academia and industry. Lab experts will seek to develop the fundamental science underpinning these and help translate their findings for use on a global scale.
Professor Timothy O’Shea, principal of the University of Edinburgh, said: “The University of Edinburgh is delighted to partner with Huawei to perform further research into data science and data management. 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.”
Ken Hu, Huawei’s rotating CEO, said: “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. The links between industrial and academic communities are strong here, so Europe is an excellent place for collaboration between business and academia.”