AMD and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have announced the official opening of the NTU-AMD Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab to augment local data science and AI education to train the next generation of tech leaders and innovators.
The initiative also aims to support the AI Singapore program to build a thriving AI ecosystem and is understood to be supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB).
Nurturing data science, AI talents
The NTU-AMD Lab will combine AMD’s leading-edge deep-learning technology and NTU’s global strengths in artificial intelligence and data science, enabling local data science and AI talents to pioneer the development of impactful AI solutions in key sectors.
According to NTU, the Lab was launched in 2018, and about 150 NTU students from NTU’s Bachelor of Science in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence program have since benefitted from the Lab's facilities.
These undergraduates attended lessons at the Lab and were able to access computing resources using the AMD-sponsored servers for their projects and other related activities.
“Singapore aspires to be amongst leaders in developing and deploying scalable impactful AI solutions in high-value sectors. Entering into the next phase of growth, it is imperative to build a strong bench of multidisciplinary talent to meet the needs of the industry,” said Chang Chin Nam, senior vice president and head of operations for semiconductors at EDB.
“This partnership between AMD and NTU to nurture next-generation tech leaders will contribute to this effort, creating good economic opportunities for Singaporeans,” said Chang.
As part of the partnership, AMD initially provided one instance of its first-generation EPYC server processor and MI25 GPU accelerator in 2018. This was subsequently upgraded to five instances of its second-generation EPYC and MI50 GPU accelerator to support deep learning operations.
To prepare students for the workforce in the tech industry, the initiative also provided NTU students with attachment opportunities with AMD. AMD’s AI and machine learning experts will also work closely with NTU professors to conduct joint training and workshop sessions for industry members.
“Leveraging AMD’s deep-learning technologies and NTU’s global strengths in machine learning, AI and data science, this collaboration exposes students to real-world applications and cutting-edge technologies and enables them to acquire practical experience through attachment and internship opportunities with AMD,” noted Professor Louis Phee, dean of NTU’s College of Engineering.
The partnership will better prepare students to tackle the challenges of an increasingly digitalized world after graduation, he said.
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