Imperial's Data Science Institute is to collaborate with one of Japan's leading research institutions.
The Research Organization of Information and Systems (ROIS), based in Tokyo, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Imperial to enhance cooperation in education and research related to data science.
Professor Yike Guo, Director of the Data Science Institute, recently visited ROIS in Japan to sign the MoU and hold a joint workshop on data science and its application in fields such as bioinformatics and climate change.
He was joined in Tokyo by Imperial colleagues Professor Martin Siegert, co-director of the Grantham Institute, and Dr Sarah Butcher, head of the Bioinformatics Support Service.
Data science revolution
Speaking at the event, Professor Guo said: “Big data offers enormous potential across a wide range of academic disciplines. Data is the lifeblood of the twenty first century.
“Medical innovation, disease prevention, climate change research, the analysis of financial markets and consumer behaviour, and the development of cities capable of accommodating population growth, all require us to gain insights from large, complex data sets. These bring shared challenges and opportunities to London and Tokyo alike.
“Imperial and ROIS shall work to harness the data science revolution in these fields and more, helping to solve some of the greatest challenges of our time.”
Among those attending the signing ceremony with Professor Guo and colleagues were Dr Genshiro Kitagawa, President of ROIS, Julia Longbottom, Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Tokyo, and Tsuyoshi Enomoto, Director of Information Science and Technology Research at Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
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