The Joint IBM/PolyU Enterprise Data Analytics Laboratory (EDAL) is one of the major laboratories in the Department. EDAL focuses on the big data research on design of software tools, and analytical algorithms for enterprise and social media data. Based on the advanced big data analytic tools and platform, EDAL is empowered to provide a 360-degree support for student learning on data analysis and generating data products.
There are 3 objectives of EDAL covering teaching and learning, research and professional knowledge transfer. The Lab plays a key role in assisting the curriculum development of Data Science and Big Data Analytics in the Department. For the research aspect, EDAL aims to provide a platform to advance Big Data technologies. Our initial focuses are on the applications and fundamentals of analysis of big data in enterprises, social media, and education. The laboratory also supports knowledge transfer to the communities and enterprises. We aim to actively seek collaboration with different partners for training, consultancy and Big Data analysis support.
The establishment of the joint lab combines the strengths of the Department and Youyou Software Co. Ltd (Yonyou) to develop new management methodologies and bring about more innovative services which benefit industries and businesses. This is the first time ever in Hong Kong that Yonyou joins hands with local tertiary institute to establish a new infrastructure supporting research and education. The lab provides a platform for conducting research in enterprise smart computing and business applications, as well as for developing young talents with advanced knowledge and skillsets in enterprise management software.