February 29, 2024

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Preparing HK’s Future IT Talent

The Faculty of Engineering of the University of Hong Kong (HKU) announced that it will be launching a new minor programme “Data Science and Engineering” in the 2021/22 academic year for students pursuing the Bachelor of Engineering (BENG).

Data Science seeks to integrate technologies from interdisciplinary fields to promote social development through artificial intelligence and big data.

The minor programme covers professional knowledge of data science such as statistics, machine learning, graph recognition and data acquisition. Students will learn how to collect and interpret data, and develop programmes to process data. They will also have the opportunity to participate in data science engineering projects.

Professor Reynold Cheng, Programme Director of the Minor in Data Science and Engineering, said that the application of data science is becoming more popular. In the fields of social services, government, healthcare, traffic management and international development, much greater emphasis is now put on data analysis and application.

Through data collection and management, data science adopts artificial intelligence for analysis to come up with important insights to help formulate suitable solutions.

Professor Reynold Cheng believes that the demand for engineers with knowledge in data science will grow tremendously as more engineering problems require solutions using data science. His research team from the Department of Computer Science earlier made use of big data to develop the HINCare system and a mobile application “Time Bank”.

The mobile app adopts artificial intelligence to provide volunteer matching services for elderly people in need. It greatly reduces the workload of social welfare organisations and allows more elderly people to receive support promptly.

Applying the algorithms for data integration and analysis of the HINCare system, the “Time Bank” app efficiently records information of elderly people and volunteers, such as habits, health conditions, residential addresses and other big data. It also calculates and records information of voluntary services automatically, which enhances the accuracy of matching and reduces clerical work such as manual input and calculation.

Another feature of the “Time Bank” app is to promote mutual help among elderly people. Through participating in volunteering services, elderly people can earn and save time credits in exchange for services later such as escorts, household repairs and groceries delivery etc.

It was noted that HINCare uses big data to provide technical support for elderly people, volunteers and social welfare organisations. Using artificial intelligence, the solution matches suitable volunteers for elderly people in need to alleviate the shortage of human resources in social welfare organisations and provides more effective and efficient elderly services.

Engineering students taking Data Science and Engineering as a minor will have the opportunity to join Professor Cheng’s HINCare team, and assist in the optimisation of the data calculation system, which allows them to learn from practical experiences and apply data science to different aspects.

Recent research indicates that the global big data market size will grow from US$138.9 billion in 2020 to US$229.4 billion by 2025, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 10.6% during the forecast period. The major growth factors of the big data market include the increasing awareness of the Internet of Things (IoT) devices among organisations, increasing availability of data across the organization to gain deeper insights to remain competitive, and increasing government investments in various regions for enhancing digital technologies.

Big data can enable companies to increase operational efficiencies and reduce costs. Big data solutions and services store and analyse structured and unstructured data from IT operations and turn it into relevant information and insights.

Numerous companies are implementing big data solutions and services to evaluate their internal processes and enhance operations. Big data implementation assists companies to strike the right balance between operational cost, speed, flexibility, and quality.

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Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

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CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

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Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

SUPPORTING ORGANISATION

SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

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HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

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IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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