NUS and ST Engineering are collaborating on a new S$9 million research programme for smart city solutions

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Singapore, 5 October 2020 – National University of Singapore (NUS) and Singapore Technologies (ST) Engineering are collaborating on a S$9 million, multi-year advanced digital technologies research programme to further their common goal of building a people-centric, smart future for Singapore and beyond.

Research efforts of this new programme will focus on technologies related to smart city as well as smart maintenance, repairs and overhaul (MRO), covering five areas: resource optimisation and scheduling; prescriptive analytics; decision- and sense-making; reasoning engine and machine learning; as well as digital twin.

Helmed by Associate Professor Aaron Chia, NUS Industrial Systems Engineering and Management, as its Director, and Jinson Xu, Head of the Data Analytics Strategic Technology Centre at ST Engineering, as its co-Director, the programme will first focus on two key research projects to lay the foundations for digital transformation and industry 4.0.

Enterprise Digital Platform (EDP)
As the backbone of smart city solutions, the EDP is a flexible, modular and scalable artificial intelligence (AI) platform that will support all AI methodological areas. It can enable the synthesis of disparate data sources and other internal or external systems to orchestrate cross-vertical data and insights from customers and partners. All AI models that are derived from research projects under this programme will be integrated onto a common AI engine stacked within the EDP, paving the way for future-ready platforms that catalyse technology transformation and creating new information-based revenue streams.

Urban Traffic Flow Management
In this project, researchers will develop algorithms that alleviate traffic congestion by using a holistic urban traffic flow smoothening approach based on traffic data analytics and AI technologies. Examples include traffic state estimation and prediction, in addition to effective active traffic control and management strategies identification and implementation. This will have future applications as autonomous vehicle technologies, 5G infrastructure and machine-to-machine (M2M) technologies start to mature and proliferate.

Professor Chen Tsuhan, NUS Deputy President of Research and Technology said, “As Singapore advances its position as a smart nation, having the right enterprise architecture to support those goals will determine if true digital transformation can be achieved. Over the years, NUS and ST Engineering have enjoyed a close and productive relationship. This new collaboration will combine NUS’ expertise in the science of cities with ST Engineering’s industry knowledge to co-create people-centric smart city solutions that will form the foundational systems to bring about not just impactful, but also radical, change to the lives of people in Singapore and the world.”

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Source: National University of Singapore