Da Nang workshop discusses data analytics for future cities research hinh anh 1At the symposium (Photo: VNA)
Da Nang (VNA) - A symposium themed “Data Analytics for Future Cities Research” is being held in the central city of Da Nang on July 11-13 as part of the Researcher Links programme funded by the Newton Fund. 

Jointly held by the Vietnam-UK Research and Training Institute under the Da Nang University and the UK’s Aston University, the event aims to connect young researchers with Vietnamese and foreign leading experts operating in data science.

In her opening speech, Vice Director of the municipal Department of Science and Technology Vu Thi Bich Hau said many new urban areas are under development in Da Nang such as Hoa Xuan, Da Phuoc, and Golden Hill. 

However, the rapid development of urban areas is causing pressures on the city in terms of sustainable urban development, she noted. 

The municipal authority looks to address the issues in building a smart and environmentally-friendly city to become one of the driving forces for socio-economic development in the central region, she added.  

Hau affirmed that the municipal authority is always willing to listen to the opinions of scientists and supports the practical and useful research for Da Nang’s development in the future. 

She expressed her hope that Aston University, the Vietnam-UK Research and Training Institute, and the municipal Department of Science and Technology will continue to promote cooperation and contribute to developing high-quality human resources towards turning the city into a centre of science and technology. 

Participants are focusing their discussion on new methods, techniques, and applications of data analytics for the sustainable development of cities in the UK, Vietnam, and other ASEAN countries.

The Newton Fund is the UK’s official development cooperation programme in the field of research and innovation. It builds research and innovation partnerships with other countries to support their economic development and social welfare, and to develop their research and innovation capacity for long-term sustainable growth. 

The fund is managed by the UK’s Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy, and delivered through 15 UK delivery partners. -VNA