On August 4, 2023, the National Key Research and Development Programme titled “Data fusion and dynamic cognition technology and platform for urban public services ” (Project No: 2019YFB2102100), led by Professor Xu Cheng-Zhong, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology (FST) at the University of Macau (UM) and the Chief Scientist of the State Key Laboratory of Internet of Things for Smart City (SKL-IoTSC), successfully passed the comprehensive performance evaluation conducted by the Industrial Development Promotion Center of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China in Hangzhou.
The project is centered around the integration of the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart city technologies to enhance urban public services. Its primary objectives include developing efficient cognitive technologies and a unified platforms that dynamically adapt to urban environments. By engaging in real-time data collection and collaborative perception of diverse data sources in cities, the project aims to foster knowledge association and promote the dynamic growth of urban perception data. This includes the extraction of various urban scene patterns, enhancing situation awareness, and leveraging efficient and low-consumption computing platforms. To achieve these goals, the project introduces the concept of urban knowledge association and environmental perception. Additionally, it creates the LibCity urban dynamic cognition algorithm library and establishes a cloud-edge integrated urban brain open platform, specifically tailored for small and medium-sized cities. The practical application of the project’s achievements is demonstrated across four key scenarios: urban transportation, large-scale events, smart tourism, and public facilities. The implementations and trials take place in several medium-sized cities and districts, including Haikou, Jiashan, Mengzi, Jiujiang, Jiaxing, and Qiantang in Hangzhou. The expert reviewers have highly praised the project’s outcomes and advancements, recognizing its significant contributions to the domain of IoT, smart cities, and urban public services.
The project was jointly completed by 10 organizations, including Alibaba Cloud Co., Ltd., University of Macau (Zhuhai Research Institute), Zhejiang Lab, South China University of Technology, Beihang University, Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology of CAS, Hangzhou Dianzi University, China Academy of Urban Planning and Design, Beijing Amap Technology, and Zhongjing Hengji. It should be the very first national key R&D programme undertaken by a scholar from the western coast of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area as the project leader and chief scientist. Song Yonghua, Rector of UM, the Director of the Advisory Committee and the Director of SKL-IoTSC, remarked that the successful completion of the project marked a new milestone in the research of the university and State Key Laboratory in the field of smart cities.