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Microsoft and PolyU to launch Smart Computing Laboratory

Microsoft and PolyU jointly establish Smart Computing LaboratoryMicrosoft and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has announced the joint set up of the Smart Computing Laboratory at the university’s Department of Computing.

The laboratory will explore and develop smart applications through work-integrated education on the latest computing technologies, practices and trends, and will be launched before the end of 2014/15 academic year.

Under this joint lab partnership with PolyU, Microsoft is committed to provide HK$10-million-worth of software, cloud services, devices, consultancy resources and internship program in the next three years.

“We want to nurture budding talent and drive smart city and innovation initiatives through smart computing,” said Horace Chow (pictured, left), general manager of Microsoft Hong Kong. He added that the professional consultancy to be offered through the joint lab will allow for knowledge transfer, “providing the right (kind of) hand-holding (guidance) while giving students room to create.”

Both Microsoft and Poly U stated that they expect some of the joint-research projects developed from the lab to be eventually applied in the real world.

“We believe that the laboratory will provide the most fertile ground for our students to learn and apply the latest technologies on a wide range of applications,” said Nicholas Yang (pictured, middle), PolyU executive vice president.

Professor Jiannong Cao (pictured, right), chair, professor and head of PolyU’s Department of Computing said the joint lab will focus its education and research in the areas of cloud, big data, human-centered computing and mobile computing. “We hope the lab will inspire students to apply these smart computing technologies in real-life scenarios.”

The PolyU-Microsoft Smart Computing Laboratory is expected to commence operation before the end of the 2014/2015 academic year.