The University of Macau (UM) recently signed an agreement with China’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) on undertaking a key research project in the field of the Internet of Things and smart cities. The project is part of the top-tier National Key R&D Programmes in China. In addition to providing solutions for key social issues, the programmes have been continuously addressing issues in industrial competitiveness, indigenous innovation, and national security strategy. UM’s appointment to undertake the project shows national recognition of its research capacity in the field.
The National Key R&D Programmes have incorporated 13 previously-existing programmes, including the 863 Programme (for R&D), the 973 Programme (for basic research), and the National Science and Technology Support Programme. The three-year project undertaken by UM will focus on the development of technologies for efficient integration and dynamic recognition for applications in public service.