New Cisco-NUS Corporate Laboratory To Expand SG Digital Capabilities

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Cisco and NUS created a new Corporate Laboratory to boost innovation and research in Singapore.

Established with an investment of SGD54 million over five years, the Cisco-NUS Accelerated Digital Economy Corporate Laboratory is supported by National Research Foundation, Singapore (NRF Singapore). 

“The Cisco-NUS Corporate Lab will develop critical digital capabilities across multiple domains including healthcare, cybersecurity, urban infrastructure, which are strategic and important areas of research for Singapore to ensure Singapore continues to maintain our competitiveness as a global Smart Nation. This partnership will help foster stronger industry-research ties and pave the way for more industry-research collaborations within our science and technology ecosystem,” said Professor Low Teck Seng, chief executive officer of NRF.

The Cisco-NUS Corporate Lab, which is based in NUS, looks to attract talent from NUS and Cisco to focus on five strategic research areas tied to Singapore’s ambitions for its digital economy:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI): The lab will explore technologies like machine learning to transform and scale the customer service operations of large businesses.
  • Healthcare: It will create an intelligent infrastructure for healthcare in hospitals and at home.
  • Cybersecurity: The lab will strengthen the Critical Information Infrastructure by researching advanced, network-centric cyber threat detection.
  • Urban Infrastructure: It will develop architectures and solutions to support the design and operation of urban infrastructure and smart industries.
  • Future Workforce and Productivity: It will study productivity to understand who needs to learn, how they learn, and how to generate skills and competencies required for a future-ready workforce

“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 digitalization. Data sciences, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, optimization, and analytics are NUS’ key research strengths,” said Professor Tan Eng Chye, president of NUS. “We are therefore very excited to partner with Cisco to jointly create scalable systems solutions and capabilities to capitalize on data and artificial intelligence technology to improve our living environment, create economic opportunities, and build a more connected and resilient society.”

The Cisco-NUS Corporate Lab will train more than 100 researchers, analysts, engineers, and students on 15 research projects. It will also provide scholarships for doctoral students who will work on projects associated with the Corporate Lab.

In addition, the Corporate Lab aims to deliver 17 new technology solutions, 12 improved products, and services in areas such as AI, healthcare, supply chain, urban infrastructure, and cybersecurity. It also looks to partner with at least 100 Singapore-based companies to use and refine the developed solutions.

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