A letter of intent to collaborate (LIC) was signed on 21 March, 2018 between AI Singapore and HK Smart City Consortium where both parties will co-operate in the field of smart cities and urban solutions. In attendance were representatives from AISG (Koo Seng Meng, Deputy Director, Strategic Alliance & Laurence Liew, Director, Industry Innovation) and HKSCC (Jason Ngan, Chairman of Investment Committee, HKSCC & John Huen, Vice-President, HKSCC), along with their members from Koding Kingdom and Aiiiland.
It had been an eventful week for AI Singapore. 3 Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs) were signed namely with National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), Intel Corporation and PwC Singapore. These collaborations reiterate AI Singapore’s commitment to pursue research, develop skills and talents as well as embrace new technologies in AI-related areas.
Recognising the importance of raising competencies and narrowing skills gaps in the fast-changing digital economy, the Labour Movement has been focusing on growing its outreach in emerging ICT areas, such as artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, immersive media and internet of things, to curate relevant programmes that meet the progression needs of our Professionals, Managers, and Executives. AI Singapore was one of three new ICT associations which signed a MOU to join the NTUC U Associate ecosystem on 12 March 2018. With the three new associations, the Labour Movement can reach out to about 40,000 professionals in the ICT sector.
In the 2-year MOU signed between AI Singapore and NTUC, both parties will explore projects of mutual interests in data analytics and AI for NTUC, undertake visits by engineering staff and collaborators for discussion; participate in outreach and development activities or events; and exchange scientific, academic and technical information, if appropriate.
“This partnership with NTUC will allow AI Singapore to reach a wider ecosystem in Singapore. With NTUC’s U Associate network of 67 associations (representing more than 250,000 members from different professions), we believe that they will each be impacted by AI in one way or another. We want to be there to support their adoption and evolution journey as AI becomes pervasive in their sector.” said Laurence Liew, Director of Industry Innovation, AI Singapore.
The 3-year MOU with Intel will accelerate the development of AI skills and research in Singapore. This is done so by providing industry-relevant and skills-based training to the Singapore AI ecosystem with a goal of engaging and training around 2000 students and developers in the next three years.
Under the MOU, AI Singapore intends to host free-of-cost training sessions based on the Intel® AI Academy* suite of content for students, developers, start-ups and companies. Intel intends to send their world-wide AI experts to co-host some of these sessions. In addition, AI Singapore will be including the Intel® AI Academy content as part of its AI Apprenticeship Programme. AI Singapore will also be able to access or submit relevant publicly available, research papers, whitepapers, solution briefs, project descriptions and technical content via the Intel® Developer Zone or affiliated Intel websites.
“AI is going to be pervasive and will impact all sectors of the industry,” said Laurence Liew. “Intel is an important ecosystem player and partner, and we believe having the AI apprentices and ecosystem of developers, start-ups and companies trained and familiar with the Intel accelerated frameworks and tools, especially the next-generation of AI CPUs and frameworks, is important in staying at the bleeding edge of AI. In parallel to AI Singapore’s AI Apprenticeship Programme, the partnership with Intel will allow us to reach a wider audience who are keen to come on board the AI/ML ecosystem.”
“The rise of AI will open up incredible new experiences and fuel new business opportunities, scientific discovery, and societal improvement,” said Santhosh Viswanathan, Managing Director-Sales & Marketing, Intel Asia Pacific and Japan Territory. “Intel believes AI has the potential to improve people’s lives and therefore continues to collaborate with institutions like AI Singapore to develop the right talent to lead this movement.”
Participants in Intel ® AI Academy will be provided with access to Intel-hosted forums and technical support for their usage of Intel hardware platforms and software tools for research and projects. The Intel® AI Academy will assist in organizing meetups, offer event-based training and provide expert guidance on Intel frameworks and tools to the next generation of AI professionals.
* The Intel® AI Academy is an open initiative offered to academia, professionals, and start-ups worldwide.
This 3-year MOU with PwC Risk Services will see AI Singapore collaborating with them on AI projects and enhance digital trust competencies in both the public and private sector. This will be through dedicated research projects relating to data analytics; AI research & development; and risk management and governance to ensure responsible AI adoption. This collaboration is pivotal to ensure trusted digital ecosystems as Singapore develops as a Smart Nation.
“We are excited to collaborate with PwC to accelerate the use of AI in the finance, audit and risk markets. The 100Experiments and AI Apprenticeship Programme, which PwC will participate in, will accelerate the adoption of AI in these areas and train new AI engineers for PwC and the Singapore ecosystem.” remarked Laurence Liew.
“As the demand for automation and use of AI increases, designing in appropriate levels of risk management and governance will be essential for the trusted application of AI adoption. PwC Singapore advocates responsible AI adoption and is well positioned to help embed the right level of risk assessment, controls and governance frameworks to enable organisations to innovate with confidence. We are glad to be the first professional services firm to work with AISG in support of Singapore’s AI initiatives in line with Singapore’s Smart Nation ambitions.” said Greg Unsworth, Digital Business and Risk Assurance Leader, PwC Singapore
AI Singapore and Transwarp Technology, a Big Data and AI Software provider from China, have established a strategic agreement on joint research, resource sharing and training on AI-related projects.
The collaboration between AI Singapore and Transwarp include joint research projects in scalable high-performance AI and analytics framework; participation in joint R&D activities and seminars of mutual interest as well as exchange of scientific, academic and technical information and materials. Transwarp College, a professional education unit of Transwarp, will provide the curriculum and R&D materials, practical platform and experimental schemes on big data/ML/AI to allow AI Singapore to conduct training and certification for its AI Apprenticeship Programme (AIAP). Transwarp enterprise software will be deployed in AISG’s infrastructure for R&D and industry collaboration, in particular 100 Experiments, Grand Challenge and AI Research Programmes.
Win-win in strategic partnership
The strategic partnership between AI Singapore and Transwarp is an important milestone in AI Singapore’s cooperation with industries and enterprises in the area of AI development, research and education. AI Singapore will benefit from Transwarp’s extensive suite of AI products as well as industry experience, particularly for its 100 Experiments programme and talent development of local data scientists. The AI tools in automation and modelling which are based on Transwarp’s big data/machine learning/algorithm learning materials and software will support the training of local data scientists, research and improve efficiency.
“We are pleased to partner with Transwarp, a leading provider of big data and AI solutions in China. The Transwarp stack is very modern and innovative and shows that the Chinese is at the forefront of not only big data but also AI technology today.” said Laurence LIEW, Director of AI Industry Innovation, AI Singapore.
“The cooperation between Transwarp and AI Singapore will promote joint R&D capabilities on both sides. This is a good model for international AI cooperation in industry, research and academia.” said Yuanhao SUN, founder of Transwarp.
Transwarp is a leading big data and AI platform provider, focusing on enterprise level cloud computing on container, big data and AI core platform research and services with the vision to make big data and AI eco-system ‘by China’. Transwarp is headquartered in Shanghai with regional headquarters in Beijing, Guangzhou, Toronto, and support centers in Nanjing, Zhengzhou, Chendu, and many offices in different provinces. After years of R&D, Transwarp has developed three product lines with many patents: one-stop big data platform Transwarp Data Hub(TDH), container based cloud OS Transwarp OS(TOS), AI platform Transwarp Sophon, and Hyper- Converged big data server TxData. In 2017, Transwarp was recognized by IDC as the leader of big data market in China. It now has hundreds of use cases in more than 10 industries. Meanwhile, Transwarp has placed great importance on exporting knowledge and personnel training on big data and AI; founded the Transwarp College(TC) which focuses on R&D training products (curriculum, textbook and courseware, practical platform), professional certification and training services. Transwarp has attained wide brand recognition and has finished C round financing led by Tencent.