AI Singapore signs MoU to promote training and R&D in AI and analytics

On 4 July, AI Singapore inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with global software and digital transformation consultancy ThoughtWorks to promote training, research and development in the areas of analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) adoption, deployment and best practices.

AI Singapore (AISG) is a national programme launched by the National Research Foundation Singapore (NRF) to catalyse, synergise and boost Singapore’s artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities to power our future, digital economy.

AISG is driven by a government-wide partnership comprising NRF, the Smart Nation and Digital Government Office (SNDGO), the Economic Development Board (EDB), the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), SGInnovate, and the Integrated Health Information Systems (IHiS).

AISG also brings together all Singapore-based research institutions and the vibrant ecosystem of AI start-ups and companies developing AI products, to perform use-inspired research, grow the knowledge, create the tools, and develop the talent to power Singapore’s AI efforts.

“Building partnerships with companies with a strong track record in agile software development such as ThoughtWorks will contribute to the AI ecosystem in Singapore. ThoughtWorks’ vast knowledge and technical experience in this field can help enterprises in Singapore interested in developing AI systems for their businesses create concept proofs that are not only feasible but also commercially viable,” said Mr Laurence Liew, director of AI industry innovation, AI Singapore.

“Our mission is to connect Singapore-based research institutions and AI startups and companies. These collaborations will grow the knowledge and capabilities, powering Singapore’s AI efforts forward.”

Under the MoU, AI Singapore will be able to tap into its partner ThoughWorks’ technical expertise and approach in software design thinking, engineering practices, agile methodologies, advisory and technical feasibility.

Under the MoU, AI Singapore will also be able to leverage its partner’s suite of in-house capabilities, design methodologies and software experts to further establish and ground its infrastructure and development methodology in AI systems and analytics.

The collaboration will also develop specialised engineering and training resources to enable the AI community in Singapore, as well as contribute to the development of AI Singapore’s programmes such as its 100-Experiments, AI Apprenticeship, Grand Challenges, and other future related projects.

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