BDEM project coordinator Professor Akerkar recently visited Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the University of Tokyo and National Institute of Informatics, Japan to discuss the bilateral research and teaching activities - and to break down barriers to student and post-doc mobility. Professor Akerkar spent time with Professor Song Guo (HKPU), Dr. Xuan Song (UTokyo), and Professor Yusheng Ji (NII) - in addition to colleagues and students from partner institutions.
Speaking during his visit, Professor Akerkar, said: “A large part of my visit is to ensure that we involve a wider group who can be engaged in a fruitful way, in a more meaningful way – as I’m a great believer in involving the academic community in the partnership. This visit has highlighted the mutual benefits of working together on international initiatives on big data in emergency response."
Opportunities to work in alliance on collaborative research, student - researcher mobility, teaching programme development and the internationalisation of professional services were discussed. Outcomes from visits included plans for collaborative project applications, joint workshop to identify synergies between the work of participating faculty, and support for the mobility of doctoral students and post-docs.
International academic collaboration is increasingly becoming critical to excellent research, and the BDEM partnership is revealing new ways of approaching scientific challenges and solutions in big data and emergency management.