Embracing AI and the next evolution: Interview AI Singapore

ISSUE #67 – Laurence Liew (pictured below), Director of Industry Innovation, AI Singapore, shares with us more about the government-wide partnership seeking to anchor deep capabilities in artificial intelligence and its various projects, in this innovation spotlight on Artificial Intelligence.


Do introduce us to AI Singapore. Why the strong interest in AI here in Singapore?

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

AISG 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.

Our 3 key strategic thrusts are: AI Research, AI Technology and AI Innovation.

In AI Research, we focus on inventing next generation AI techniques and algorithms as well as conduct high impact research and tackle important AI technical challenges.

In AI Technology, AISG will support multi-disciplinary research teams to tackle AI grand challenges in Health, Urban Solutions and Finance which will have significant social and economic impacts on Singapore and the world. The goal is to promote bold ideas and apply innovative AI technologies and approaches to solve these challenges.

AI Innovation focus on accelerating the use and adoption of AI by industry through the 100 Experiments (100E) Programme. AISG will match the industry to the top AI minds in Singapore to solve their AI problem.

AISG has 3 other programmes: AI Apprenticeship Programme, AI for Everyone and AI for Industy.

  • AI for Everyone (AI4E) aims to reach out to 10,000 people in Singapore ranging from secondary school students to working adults. The programme introduces one to AI technology and how it can be used to improve the way one lives, works and plays. Through this programme, participants will learn to identify opportunities enabled through AI technologies, thus allowing them to be more savvy consumers of AI products and services.
  • AI for Industry (AI4I) is targeted at technically inclined industry professionals and aims to reach out to 2,000 people with basic AI competency to enhance their competitiveness in a digital economy. Through this programme, participants will learn to apply AI technologies to increase their productivity and their firms’ competitiveness.
  • AI Apprenticeship Programmeis a 9 month, full time apprenticeship programme which consists of a hybrid of classroom and online training. Through the 100E programme, the apprentices will also get on-the-job training by working on a real-world AI problem. Designed by industry practitioners, the AIAP focuses on key aspects of an AI/machine learning system.


Could you share with us some interesting ongoing projects and possible areas of collaboration?

We have 3 ongoing projects:

  1. AI Speech Lab
  • Challenge: Call centre staff multi-tasking during multiple ongoing emergency calls
  • Proposed Solution: Automatic Speech Recognition technologies can automate tasks and enable emergency staff to focus on directing actions to save lives
  1. KroniKare
  • Challenge: Current wound monitoring practice is invasive, manual, time-consuming and inconsistent
  • Proposed Solution: An AI-driven mobile and web platform which captures normal and thermal images to analyse and report chronic wound conditions
  1. Surbana Jurong
  • About Challenge: Change reactive lift monitoring system to proactive model which predicts breakdowns
  • Proposed Solution: AI models consume streaming telemetry data to identify potential issues and inform maintenance personnel before they occur




Interview with Laurence Liew, Director of Industry Innovation, AI Singapore

Published in FOCUS Magazine — Issue #3 2018 “The Innovation Issue