To anchor deep national capabilities in Artificial Intelligence, thereby creating social and economic impact, growing local talent, building an AI ecosystem, and putting Singapore on the world map.
About AI Singapore
AI Singapore is a national programme in artificial intelligence (AI) set up to enhance Singapore’s AI capabilities to power our future digital economy.
AI Singapore will bring together Singapore-based research institutions and AI start-ups and companies. These collaborations will grow the knowledge, tools and talent crucial to powering Singapore’s AI efforts.
AI Singapore is driven by a government-wide partnership involving the National Research Foundation (NRF), the Smart Nation and Digital Government Office (SMART), the Economic Development Board (EDB), the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), SGInnovate, and Integrated Health Information Systems. NRF will invest up to $150 million over five years in AI Singapore.
Our three key programmes to drive the AI Singapore initiative:
Focused Verticals: Smart Nation | FinTech | Healthcare
What we will do
Invest in deep capabilities for scientific innovations and breakthroughs
- Invest in AI technologies for the future.
- Conduct fundamental research on scientific and engineering methods and models.
- Gather top minds for multidisciplinary approaches to AI innovations and to nurture AI talent.
Address major challenges in AI that affect society and industry
- Identify and focus attention on well-defined Grand Challenges.
- Promote bold ideas and innovative approaches to solving them.
- Examine and formulate ethics and governance polices on AI for the public good.
Broaden the use and adoption of machine learning within the industry
- Drive the Singapore Smart Nation endeavor.
- Launch 100 AI-Experiments for end-users, facilitate access to AI talent, create shared AI tools and resources.
- Foster interactions in AI ecosystems to accelerate industry innovations.
Technology Readiness and Activity Map
Automatic text summarization in legal and corporate due diligence reduces what used to take days to minutes.
Streaming data from IOT sensors is analyzed in real-time to predict when to schedule preventive maintenance, instead of a regular fixed schedule, saving time and resources.
AI researchers are working on detecting emotions and pain in facial scans to provide better care for elderly patients as home companion robots.
Deep neural networks can now be used to classify medical images, such as chest x-rays and scans of the retina, to determine the presence of any abnormalities.
Using traditional Chinese medical techniques like pulse reading, AI researchers using advanced sensors are able to determine a person’s holistic health and provide wellness guidance.
Self-driving cars are expected to be on the roads within the next 5 years. This will change the economics of travel and delivery and bring about better road safety for everyone.
Videos can now be analyzed in real-time to detect critical events for advanced warning.
A universal translator much like Star Trek’s is not far off, with deep learning neural networks performing near or better than humans in real-time translation in ideal conditions.
24×7 Robo advisers will provide timely financial advice based on your overall risk profile, current market conditions and sentiments, all without pushy sales techniques and over-selling.
AI Singapore AnnouncedMay 2017
AI Singapore programme startsJune 2017
100 Experiments startsSeptember 2017
Grand Challenge ideation workshopsOctober 2017
Fundamental Research Grant CallNovember 2017
Grand Challenge public engagement and votingDecember 2017
Announce Grand Challenges and Call-for-ProposalsJanuary 2018
Fundamental Research Grant CallFebruary 2018
Award Grand Challenge 1st round ProposalsMarch 2018
100 Experiments AI HackathonApril 2018
Fundamental Research Grant CallMay 2018
Standard Chartered Bank
Standard Chartered’s vision is to be a digital bank with a human touch. We focus on making things simpler, faster and better for our clients with the use of AI technology.
Ms Judy Hsu, Chief Executive Officer
Frequently Asked Questions
IS AI Singapore A NUS INITIATIVE?
AI Singapore is a national initiative funded by NRF. We will partner and collaborate with professors and research teams from the National University of Singapore(NUS), the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), the Singapore Management University (SMU), the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and A*STAR.
DO YOU PROVIDE FUNDING FOR US?
AI Singapore does not disburse grants to organizations (public and/or private) developing AI products or services. Instead we provide the technology go-to-place and AI expertise for collaboration on AI projects to de-risk part of the project implementation costs.
BESIDES SMART NATION, FINTECH AND HEALTHCARE, DO YOU SUPPORT COMPANIES IN OTHER INDUSTRIES?
Yes, the three verticals mentioned are where we will focus our Grand Challenge programme. Our 100 Experiments programme will support AI projects in industries operating in Singapore.
WHERE DOES YOUR EXPERTISE COME FROM?
AI Singapore will draw its expertise from the professors and researchers at NUS, NTU, SMU, SUTD and A*STAR, and also an internal AI and engineering team.
DO YOU COLLABORATE OR COMPETE WITH AI STARTUPS IN SINGAPORE?
AI Singapore will only work on projects where there are no existing commodity-off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions. If an organization approaches us and if there is an AI startup company in Singapore which has a suitable solution, we will recommend that the organization work with the AI startup instead. We may collaborate with the AI startup and the organization to help accelerate the deployment of the solution if required with additional AI researchers and engineers.
More questions? Contact us!
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