Imperial College London, in conjunction with Huawei, have signed a memorandum of understanding to consider developing a research and innovation center tasked with pursuing next-generation big data technologies, ZDNet reports. Imperial and Huawei plan to create, with assistance from the U.K. government, a hub for business experts and academic researchers to develop innovations and applications in digital, energy, healthcare, future cities, and life sciences areas. The London-based world-leading university and the Chinese networking equipment maker will spend the year fleshing out the details of the proposed joint center, which under current plans will be located in White City, London, at the home of Imperial’s new research campus.

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