Catalyzing a high-impact network of researchers in the Lower Mekong Region

Tho Nguyen (Computer Science)

Researchers from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) are working with the US Department of State to implement the 2nd Mekong Research Symposium (MRS’19) in Hanoi, Vietnam in December, 2019.  Leveraging this opportunity, the UVa team will host a parallel event to establish a collaborative research network bringing together institutions across the Lower Mekong region (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam).  The goal of this network is to undertake high-impact transboundary modeling for public good. Examples include flood and drought forecasting, and predicting water allocation. This activity will broaden UVa’s global partnerships in support of new research and training programs, and strengthens UVa’s presence and leadership at the global stage.