HKUST PPOL Newsletter Spring 2023

News and Events 34 his year the Data for Policy Conference were organized in three locations - Hong Kong, Seattle, and Brussels - in close collaboration with University College London, The Alan Turing Institute, University of Cambridge, New York University, University of Washington, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Lisbon Council, European Commission, OECD, and HKUST. PPOL hosted the first conference on Monday, 5 December, at HKUST’s Jockey Club Institute for Advanced Study Lecture Theatre. The theme of this year’s conference was “Ecosystems of Innovation and VirtualPhysical Interactions.” In the opening remarks, Professor Masaru Yarime, Chair of the Asia-Pacific conference, highlighted the overall trend and challenges related to data and policy, and Professor Naubahar Sharif, Acting Head of the Division of Public Policy, addressed the challenges and barriers faced by policy-makers due to political, socio-economic and legislative constraints. The keynote speech by Professor Noboru Koshizuka from the University of Tokyo provided stimulating insights into the democratization of data-driven innovation, decreasing cost in data access, data security across the border and the implementation of datasharing platforms to establish autonomous distributed societies. Distinguished researchers, experts, and scholars participated in the conference from local and international leading universities and research institutes, including HKUST, CityU, CUHK, University of Tokyo, Seoul National University, Georgia Institute of Technology, University College London, Nanyang Technological University, University of Melbourne, Tsinghua University, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Research Institute of Innovative Technology for Hosted by PPOL, Data for Policy 2022 Conference Asia-Pacific was a great success, with more than 100 participants joining in-person and online. PPOL Hosts the Data for Policy 2022 Conference in Hong Kong T