Cisco and the National University of Singapore (NUS) have partnered to launch an ‘enterprise lab’ to spur research development in five key areas, including artificial intelligence (AI), cybersecurity and healthcare health. The partners have committed to invest SG $ 54 million ($ 40 million) over five years.
Called Cisco-NUS Accelerated Digital Economy Corporate Laboratory, the research center is located on the university’s Kent Ridge campus and is supported by the National Research Foundation Singapore (NRF), according to a joint statement released Friday.
The lab would employ more than 100 researchers, analysts, engineers and students, and would work on 15 research projects. Grants would also be awarded to doctoral students involved in such projects.
The research center aimed to deliver 17 new products and services as well as 12 “enhanced” offerings in areas such as AI, healthcare, supply chain, urban infrastructure and cybersecurity. He is also said to be looking to partner with at least 100 Singapore-based companies. to use and refine the technologies developed.
In addition to AI, security, and healthcare, the LA’s research would encompass future urban infrastructure, workforce, and productivity. Among other goals, research efforts would aim to explore the use of machine learning to evolve customer service operations for large enterprises, develop smart infrastructure for hospitals and home health care, and improve performance. productivity by understanding how employees learn and identifying the skills needed in the future workforce. .
Researchers, for example, would develop AI algorithms to improve the search, extraction and learning of knowledge from data collected in work environments. In the health field, researchers would seek to provide hospitals with “distributed and coordinated” intelligence to improve operational and clinical efficiency.
“These technologies are critical not only for the success of digital transformation of businesses, but also for the efforts of governments around the world as they consider digital adoption to improve services to citizens,” said NUS and Cisco . “This is especially critical at this time as businesses and countries prepare for a post-pandemic future where digital interactions first, a hybrid workforce and smart urban infrastructure are likely to become ubiquitous.”
They added that cybersecurity would support such developments and allow businesses and governments to protect critical information infrastructures from malicious attacks.
“Digital transformation is an inevitable direction for businesses and societies, and this has been accelerated by the COVID-19 situation. We need to be nimble and innovative to reap the benefits of digitization,” said the president of the NUS , Tan Eng Chye, adding that the university’s key research capabilities included data science, AI and optimization.
Cisco President for ASEAN Naveen Menon said: “Over the past 18 months we have seen the role technology has played in keeping the world going as we fight the pandemic. As we prepare for a post-pandemic future, one thing is clear: technology will be at the heart of all aspects of businesses and governments, and their interaction with consumers and citizens. In this digital age, building local innovation capacities that deliver globally relevant solutions will be critical to countries’ success. “
The lab is jointly led by Jeremy Lim, director of the Cisco Singapore Co-Innovation Center, and Biplab Sikdar, faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NUS.