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MOU to build a robotics & big data lab signed between HKSYU and iFREE GROUP

28-09-2019

Professor SUN (left) and Mr. LOKE at the MOU signing ceremony.

Professor SUN (left) and Mr. LOKE at the MOU signing ceremony.

In July this year, Hong Kong Shue Yan University (HKSYU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with iFREE GROUP regarding a donation of HK$20,000,000 from iFREE GROUP to set up a Robotics and Big Data Lab at HKSYU.

Twenty million donation

The MOU signing ceremony was held on the 3 July 2019 at the Research Complex of HKSYU. The MOU was signed by Mr. Steven LOKE, Executive Chairman of iFREE GROUP, and witnessed by Professor Catherine SUN, Academic Vice President of HKSYU.

Apart from the MOU, iFREE GROUP is also committed to transforming HKSYU to become the first smart University in the world.

At the same ceremony, Professor SUN announced that Mr. LOKE is appointed to the Board of Governors of the University with effect from January 2020 for a term of three years. An appointment letter was presented to Mr. LOKE at the ceremony.

In her short speech, Professor SUN expressed her gratitude to Mr. LOKE and iFREE GROUP for the donation of the Robotics and Big Data Lab to HKSYU as well as his acceptance of the appointment to the Board of Governors. In addition, Professor Sun also mentioned that iFREE GROUP had already donated HK$1,000,000 to HKSYU last year to provide an entrance scholarship for students admitted to Year one of the Bachelor of Business Administration (Honour) in Digital Marketing programme, and that the donation was a recurrent one.

Professor SUN said in view of the rapid development in information and communication technology, HKSYU has planned and hoped to able to launch a FinTech bachelor’s degree programme in September 2020, and establish a Department of Applied Data Science.

In his acceptance speech, Mr. LOKE thanked Professor SUN for inviting him to sit on the Board of Governors. He opined that our future was intricately intertwined with technological innovation, and that if we wanted to create a better tomorrow, we needed to move fast.

“So I think it is timely to build a big data laboratory at HKSYU.” Mr. LOKE said.

Mr. LOKE said with the smart devices installed, HKSYU would probably be the first smart university in the world.

Regarding the appointment, Mr. LOKE said he believed all members of the iFREE GROUP would be behind him during his term of office as governor.

Professor SUN told Shue Yan Newsletter reporter that the iFREE Robotics and Big Data Lab will be situated on the 5th Floor of the High Block of the Research Complex. The scope of the Lab is not limited to work and research on big data, robotics and artificial intelligence, but will also include work and research on virtual reality and augmented reality.

“The Lab is established to support Shue Yan to gradually and substantially move its academic programmes into the digital age. The Lab purports to provide assistance to the development of all academic programmes and academic research at HKSYU adopting the big data mentality.” Professor SUN said.

Smart campus

iFREE GROUP will collaborate with Veea Inc., Syniverse Technologies, LLC, and Mimic Technology Inc. (mimik) to transform HKSYU into a smart campus. Veea’s CEO Mr. Allen SALMASI, Syniverse’s Asia Pacific head Mr. Paul HODGES, and mimik’s VP Worldwide Sales & Business Development Ms. Sam ARMANI, attended the MOU signing ceremony and made presentations respectively on their services and technologies after the ceremony.

According to Mr. SALMASI, the smart campus of HKSYU will be built on edge computing technology, VeeaHub and its “micro-cloud”. In short, by using edge computing, people’s devices from a few to hundreds of feet are directly connected to a VeeaHub (WiFi Access Point), and data can be analysed and processed by it. This can reduce latency and enable much faster response time.

Mr. Allen SALMASI, CEO of Veea Inc., explained the strategy for the smart campus of HKSYU; on front of the stage are the main device of the smart campus – VeeaHub, and the related equipment.

Mr. Allen SALMASI, CEO of Veea Inc., explained the strategy for the smart campus of HKSYU; on front of the stage are the main device of the smart campus – VeeaHub, and the related equipment.

For students and staff, VeeaHub enables the following applications:

(1) For classroom:

∙  Real-time chat for Q&A

∙  Lecture notes available in the classroom

(2) For augmented teaching:

∙  Augmented information for non-linear learning

∙  Self-guided and adaptive learning

∙  Laboratory experience learning

(3) For campus – real-time discovery for student activities:

∙  Events around campus

∙  News publishing

∙  Schedules: course schedules, calendar

 

Source: September Issue 2019

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