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University leads Smart Cities workshop in Mekong Delta

Aug 02, 2018

Mekong Delta, Vietnam
Mekong Delta, Vietnam

The University is holding a workshop with Can Tho University from 3 to 6 September. The work shop focusses on Smart Cities – an area in which the School of the Built Environment leads the way worldwide.

 ‘Connecting to the smart cities - Developing a road-map to explore big data analytical solutions to address Mekong Delta’s current challenges” is funded under the Researcher Links scheme offered within the Newton Fund Vietnam Programme partnership.

The Lower Mekong Basin is an incredibly dynamic region, currently undergoing rapid urbanisation, economic growth, industrialisation and extensive agriculture development. The workshop at Can Tho University will address the challenges arising from this and look for robust solutions, using cross-disciplinary Smart City and Big Data related innovations. These will include the Internet-of-Things, Cyber-Physical Systems and Ambient Intelligence.

Dean Professor Hisham Elkadi and Dr Zeeshan Aziz from the School of the Built Environment are leading the workshop along with Dean Professor Nguyen Chi Ngon of Can Tho University. It will bring together around 40 early career researchers across a range of disciplines including built environment, engineering, management, computing and social sciences with the aim of developing cross-disciplinary approaches to some of the area’s issues and also to foster long-term research collaboration.

The grant for the workshop is funded by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and delivered by the British Council. For further information, please visit