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COMP and IBM offer free workshops to nurture data scientists for Hong Kong

The Department of Computing (COMP) and IBM announced that they have joined hands to offer a series of free Data Science Workshops to nurture data-savvy talent who will be able to convert data into insights and help drive the economic growth of Hong Kong.

Dubbed IBM Data Science Workshop@PolyU, the workshops will introduce participants to what data science is, the latest open source technologies, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, IBM Watson Analytics, and the application of these technologies to solve typical business problems, as well as giving recommendations on their learning journeys with free e-resources. The training will be held once a month while each workshop trains 100 participants.

This is the second time IBM collaborates with COMP in data science training. In 2014, COMP and IBM opened the Enterprise Data Lab to support the university’s teaching and R&D in the market-facing big data and analytics technology with the goals of nurturing talent, fostering R&D, and driving analytics development in Hong Kong.

“We are excited to partner with COMP again in this meaningful initiative,” said Samson Tai, IBM Distinguished Engineer and Chief Technology Officer at IBM China/Hong Kong Limited. “Developing data science talent is important because there is a huge pool of data but a lack of analytics expertise. IBM aims to nurture talent through collaboration with different organizations to enable innovation and future development of Hong Kong, which is on its way to become a smart city according to this year’s Policy Address. A crucial development like this especially needs a pool of experts who understand data science and can apply it to meet relevant requirements.”

“Being one of the earliest institutions offering tertiary computing education in Hong Kong, COMP is dedicated to provide quality training to serve the professional needs of IT practitioners. We are glad to know that the first workshop was full within very short period of time after the registration started. This indicates that the industry is keen on embracing new knowledge and advanced technologies. We will continue to collaborate closely with our partners on innovative research and scholarly activities, supporting the vocational development of the society,” said Prof. Qin Lu, Professor and Interim Head of COMP.

The Under Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Dr David Chung, welcomed the PolyU-IBM partnership in data science training. He noted that data is the raw material for the development of smart city and essential to technological research and innovation. The Policy Address put forward initiatives to expedite the opening up of government data and the establishment of a big data analytics platform. The PolyU-IBM partnership will inevitably build up the talent pool of data analytics in Hong Kong, help driving innovation and developing Hong Kong into a smart city.

The workshops will be held on PolyU campus, welcoming anyone who is interested in acquiring data science skills such as cognitive computing, big data, and analytics to join. The workshops to be held in the next four months have been open for online registration: