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DSG signs MoU for smart city research

Agreement with MIT Connection Science Group and Analytics Center will focus on data-driven approaches to smart living

DSG signs MoU for smart city research
DSG has signed an MoU to collaborate on smart city living and analytics.

Dubai Smart Government Department (DSG) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with MIT Connection Science Group (MITCSG) and Analytics Center (AC) to collaborate on strategy review and joint academic research on big data, innovation in smart city living and IoT.

The MoU was signed during Smartcon Dubai 2015, a two day conference focused on big data and analytics, organised by AC, and taking place during UAE Innovation week.

MIT Connection Science Group is focused on analytics and research into human networks, and AC is a provider of events, research and training focused on big data analytics.

HE Ahmad Bin Humaidan, DSG Director General, said: "We are pleased to sign this MoU and collaborate with such distinguished partners as MITSCG & AC; so that together we can review Dubai Government's strategy, objectives and challenges; and conduct joint academic research on big data, innovation in smart city living and IoT all with the objective of making Dubai the smartest, most innovative and happiest city in the world, in accordance with the desires of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

"Signing this MoU demonstrates our commitment to innovation by working with world class and leading academics from MIT, to get deep insights into leveraging technology and human networks to design and implement tools to create a happy society to live in a smart city such as Dubai. The MoU will complement and contribute to our strategic mission which is to formulate and implement policies and initiatives for innovative and smart ICT usage contributing to economic welfare, social progress and global competitiveness of Dubai."

Prof. Alex Pentland, faculty director of MITCSG added: "I look forward to discussions with Dubai Smart Government because together we have the possibility of creating a happier, more productive, and more creative city society by better understanding the social ties and relationships that make up the society, and then crafting ICT policies and architectures which build off of and leverage this social fabric."

Caglar Gogus, managing director of Analytics Center and Co-Founder of the Smartcon Conference commented: "We have been following the significant innovation drive in the UAE and vision of HH Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed, President of the UAE and HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, with great admiration. We believe that the country's National Innovation Strategy will not only enable the government to be a world-leading example in innovative practices, but also further strengthen the country's position as a hub of creativity and a magnet for the world's most progressive companies and individuals."

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