Dean's Message
Spring 2015 No.26
In the Spotlight over Big Data at Tencent Forum
Dr Eden Y Woon, Vice-President for Institutional Advancement, and Prof James She, Electronic and Computer Engineering, gave well-received seminars at the 2014 Tencent Forum on "Big Data Connections in the Future" in Beijing. The Forum was organized by the Tencent Research Institute for Internet and Society, in collaboration with Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford University, HKUST NIE Social Media Laboratory, and the Social Management and Big Data Center, Renmin University of China. 
Dr Woon discussed big data as one of the University's key research themes, and the importance of collaborating with enterprises in the Pearl River Delta region, such as Shenzhen-based Tencent. He said it was an honor for HKUST to partner with the innovative company and he looked forward to expanding the relationship further. 
Prof She introduced the HKUST NIE Social Media Lab and its latest research results, as well as applications for big data research and new initiatives in the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering. 
Others attending the forum included Prof Luciano Floridi, Director of Research and Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information, Oxford Internet Institute; Mr Taosang Tong, President of Social Network Group and Senior Executive Vice President, Tencent; and Prof Liming Wang, Executive Vice President for Research and Graduate Education and Vice Chairman of the University Council, Renmin University of China.