In mid-February Prof Cherith Moses welcomed academics from the Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), located in the Kansai Science City, close to Osaka and Kyoto in Japan, to the EHU Data Science STEM Research Centre. The NAIST delivers postgraduate courses and focuses on interdisciplinary research and teaching across information science, biological sciences, and materials science and so has a strong synergy with the EHU Data Science STEM Research Centre.
Much of the work of Geographers and Geologists involves large data sets, such as those collected by remote sensing satellite and air photo imagery and high resolution analytical techniques, and require interdisciplinary teams to help collect, analyse and interpret the data. Across the department of Geography at EHU we work with many other scientists, in a variety of disciplines and organisations, to deliver cutting-edge research that informs our teaching. The opportunity to extend our collaborations with colleagues in Japan was the focus of the NAIST visit to the University.
The delegation visited the facilities in the Tech Hub and in Biosciences and met with colleagues from across the Faculty of Arts and Sciences to discuss teaching and research collaboration opportunities. There are strong synergies between EHU and NAIST in data science and we both value an interdisciplinary approach to research. We look forward to continuing to build our relationship to develop more international opportunities for our students and staff in the coming years.