Published on November 16, 2023, 4:04 pm

Fujitsu Asia and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) have recently signed a master research collaboration agreement in Singapore. This partnership aims to accelerate the research and development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and converging technology solutions for various sectors such as manufacturing, trust technologies, healthcare, and medical applications.

The agreement enables Fujitsu and A*STAR to combine their strengths and expertise in different research areas. By working together, they can transform innovative ideas into practical benefits for users while also developing commercial solutions for customers in the Asia-Pacific region. The initial focus of this collaboration will be on addressing challenges faced by customers in manufacturing and retail industries.

Elson Chia, President of Fujitsu Asia, expressed his excitement about this collaboration stating that it marks the beginning of a promising new partnership. He believes that working with A*STAR will not only enhance Fujitsu’s research capabilities in Singapore but also demonstrates their commitment to global innovation collaborations aimed at solving humanity’s problems.

This isn’t the first time Fujitsu has partnered with A*STAR. They have previously collaborated on projects involving computational social science and engineering, as well as quantum-inspired computing and deep learning technology. Additionally, Fujitsu has been a member of A*STAR’s Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre (ARTC) consortium since 2017.

Under this newly signed master research collaboration agreement, Fujitsu will have the opportunity to engage in research and development collaborations with A*STAR for a period of three years. Through these projects, Fujitsu also aims to nurture local talent in technology areas like AI by providing internship placements and allowing participation in Master Research Collaboration Projects for students from Singapore’s institutes of higher learning, universities, and polytechnics.

Moreover, one specific area that Fujitsu is exploring under this collaboration is last-mile logistics together with A*STAR’s Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech). This partnership holds great potential for developing solutions and technologies to optimize the last-mile delivery process.

Professor Lim Keng Hui, Assistant Chief Executive of Science & Engineering Research Council, A*STAR, expressed his excitement about this collaboration and emphasized the importance of collaboration in addressing Singapore’s R&D priorities. He believes that both Fujitsu and A*STAR can co-innovate under this new partnership to accelerate the development of solutions that benefit society and the economy. Furthermore, this collaboration will also enable talent development and foster new capabilities for both organizations.

Overall, this master research collaboration agreement between Fujitsu Asia and A*STAR is set to drive advancements in AI and other emerging technologies. By leveraging their respective strengths and expertise, they aim to develop innovative solutions that can positively impact various industries such as manufacturing, healthcare, retail, and more. This collaboration not only contributes to technical advancements but also plays a significant role in nurturing local talent and fostering strategic partnerships in Singapore’s technology ecosystem.

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