As Singapore turns her focus on the digital economy, there is an urgency to equip professionals with the relevant skillsetAs Singapore turns her focus on the digital economy, there is an urgency to equip professionals with the relevant skillset. Thus, Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) in partnership with strategic partners such as Workforce Singapore (WSG) and SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) launched the TechSkills Accelerator (TeSA) initiative to train up professionals with the with the right information and communications technology (ICT) skills. With subsidy from the government and short-term courses, businesses are more willing to support their employees in their skills upgrade.
SMU is poised to offer real world scenarios to students as it houses a number of Smart Nation Research centresWith Singapore’s push towards Smart Nation, SMU launched an interdisciplinary course to groom the next generation of professionals for smart countries economy. School of Information Systems’ Smart-City Management & Technology Major brings together faculties from technology, social sciences and management disciplines to allow students to have a broad-based understanding on the issues and challenges pertaining to a smart nation. Chen Jialu, the driving force behind this course, sees that SMU is poised to offer real world scenarios to students as it houses a number of Smart Nation Research centres.
Smart Nation initiative is beyond technological advances and the heart of the matter is how it can make processes and lifestyle needs smoother and accessible to allMinister of Education Ong Ye Kung who is also part of the Ministerial Committee for Smart Nation and Digital Government Group shares that the Smart Nation initiative is beyond technological advances and the heart of the matter is how it can make processes and lifestyle needs smoother and accessible to all.
On the issue of talent development, the strategy is to maximise the full potential of each person to face new challenges and work in the future. He also shares 3 challenges to building a Smart Nation, namely, social changes, governance and willingness of citizens to embrace the change.
How the Singapore government plays a role in turning Singapore into a Smart Nation and its goalsIn an exclusive interview with Taiwan’s CommonWealth magazine, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan Minister of Foreign Affairs and Smart Nation initiative shares how the Singapore government plays a role in turning Singapore into a Smart Nation and its goals.
1. To stay competitive as a small Nation State, as the new industrial revolution transforms how the economy, society and government operates.
2. To build a society with a high quality of life and inclusiveness
3. To enhance the provision of government services to meet the expectations of its people.
Singapore Government thinks like a company in order to achieve its SMART Nation objectives.It also works closely with large, medium and small enterprise to build their capacity and ultimately to export the technology to other ASEAN nations. The government also assists SME to come on board the SmartNation initiative though grants. Prof Lim Ee Ping, Director of Living Analytics Research Centre, shared how his team gathered information on 1000 food items and supplied them to the Healthy 365 app. The centre has also completed a number of projects, collecting analytics from local residents. However, as more CCTVs pop out around the country, some are sceptical about the SmartNation initiative and see it as a means for the government to monitor what its citizens are doing.
Just how smart is Singapore as a SMART Nation?With just a phone, Singaporeans can perform a range of transactions such transfer money, find out how much calories his lunch contain and even make a booking at a hospital. The government has worked toward integrating Government services into one platform so that it can deliver customised services at a citizen-centric level. With these 8 apps. A citizen can manage all the information and services he will need – PayNow, MyTransport.Sg, Healthy 365, Health Buddy, OneService, Moments of Life (Families).
Strong government support has helped Singapore achieve stunning results in just 4 years.Being a small, vulnerable city state, a strong sense of crisis awareness has propelled Singapore’s government to take a whole of government approach to implement smart nation initiatives and educating citizens on how to move toward e-transactions. The main thrust of the Smart Nation initiative is not a pursuit of technological advances but a vision to improve the quality of life of residents.
Survival Strategy of Singapore: Keeping pace with the TimesIn the 2017 Global Smart City Performance Index, Singapore came up tops as a Smart City and Smart Country. Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister-in-Charge of the Smart Nation shared that “Singapore’s vision of a Smart Nation is aimed at enhancing a vibrant competitive economy with many new job opportunities, an inclusive society with a high quality of life and innovative responsive government services.” This success is a result of the forward planning of Singapore since the 2006 10-year Smart Nation Plan and 2014 Smart Nation initiative.
To execute a successful SMART nation, not only are technological advances important, more importantly, there must be good management of human capital and data. Minister for Education Ong Ye Kang recognises the need to nurture individuals to take on new roles in the Smart Nation.
Emerging Technology Forum (ETF) - 18th September 2018!Prof Lim Ee Peng was invited to give a keynote lecture on "Smart Cities for Smart Citizens" at the “Emerging Technology Forum (ETF)” during MediaTek’s Innovation Day on 18th September 2018! Prof Lim shared about how the use of Data Science can uncover knowledge and insights in different forms, structured or unstructured, while Smart City and Smart Nation, on the other hand, are using sensors, information, and information technologies to address today’s and future municipal and social challenges. The keynote discussed on the research and application opportunities of using data science to create new and smart services for people living in highly urbanized cities and nations, which is an important aspect of smart city/nation efforts.
The purpose of Mediatek’s Innovation Day was to encourage engineers to learn new things, technology or innovation that are happening in the world beyond what we are doing every day. The Innovation day aims to equip everyone to learn what impact or changes AI can bring to the society and to become a smart city / nation.
Know what you're eating at your fingertips with FoodAI™Scan and get information on a range of food available in Singapore food markets. FoodAI™ by Dr Steven Hoi offers the cutting-edge food image recognition technologies for advancing AI in food and healthcare, which is powered by the state-of-the-art deep learning techniques. Try the demo at http://foodai.org/.
Dr. Palakorn Achananuparp will be giving a talk at the Research Integrity Conference on 22 October 2018Over the past quarter of a century or so, Singapore, with strong Government support, has become a major centre for research and the ‘go to’ place for such endeavours in South East Asia. Research in Singapore ranges from biomedicine and engineering through to the natural sciences and mathematics, to the arts, humanities and social sciences.
LARC will be participating in TECHINNOVATION 2018 on 18-19 September 2018TECHINNOVATION is a premier technology-industry brokerage event organised by IPI. It brings together international and Singapore technology providers and seekers to explore technology and business collaboration opportunities through open innovation. In its seventh year since its inception in 2012, it has grown to become a leading conference and exhibition in Singapore that focuses on the matching of industry’s needs to enabling technologies.
AI CAN PULL THE STRINGS AND FIND ONE A LIFETIME COMPANIONViola AI, AI Singapore and SMU have formed a strategic partnership to help revolutionise the match-making industry using a robust AI matching recommendation engine that leverages on Lunch Actually Group’s existing model. As part of this collaboration, SMU will conduct a research project to feed data to the personality match engine model that incorporates thorough review on spouse selection and family formation and lead the various focus groups and surveys on the sociology and technical aspects on matching.
Prof Archan Misra invited to give a talk at the International Conference on the Networked Digital Earth, 7-9 March 2018The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers and practitioners working at the intersection of two broad thematic areas: Digital Earth and Network Science. Prof Archan Misra talk on the topic "Fusing Urban Mobility & Social Media for Human-Centric ‘Smart City’ Insights". In this talk, he demonstrated the concept of socio-physical analytics, which fuses such transportation-derived urban mobility data with social media sensing (via platforms such as Twitter & Foursquare) for a variety of new human-centric smart city insights and services.
Role of AI in Singapore’s Smart Nation plan shared at SMU AI conferenceSMU Provost Prof Lily Kong highlighted how the roots of AI research in SMU started many years ago in its various labs: its Living Analytics Research Center (LARC), LiveLabs Urban Lifestyle Innovation Platform and Fujitsu-SMU Urban Computing and Engineering Corporate Lab (UniCEN).
Best Paper Award (DH2018)LARC just won a best paper award (Does Journaling Encourage Healthier Choices? Analyzing Healthy Eating Behaviors of Food Journalers)at the ACM Digital Health Conference 2018!
The 2017 International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM)Int'l Conference on Information and Knowledge Management held in Singapore
Singapore Management University Living Analytics Research Centre comes up with new invention to learn about photography on food.
Pulse of the Smart Nation“A Smart Nation is one that is capable of identifying citizens’ needs, in order to create or adapt services to meet these needs,” Professor Lim Ee Peng, Director of the Living Analytics Research Centre (LARC) at the Singapore Management University (SMU), told TechNews.
Invited TalkEe-Peng LIM, Personalized Participatory Nation Through Data Analytics, International Forum 2016 on THEME “KNOWLEDGE, INFORMATION AND DATA IN OPEN ACCESS SOCIETY”, Tsukuba City, Japan.
Building Smart Cities, Brick By Digital BrickAlongside concrete, granite and steel, digital technologies have now become an integral part of a city’s foundations, said keynote speakers at the 2017 International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management. Read more from Asian Scientist Magazine at: https://www.asianscientist.com/2017/12/features/smart-cities-urban-digitization/
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Machine Learning is transforming healthcareFood image recognition enables smart food logging—people can capture photos of their daily food intake and monitor their eating behaviours.
SUPERCOMPUTER SUPPORTS SINGAPORE AL RESEARCH – GovernmentWare 2016SMU has become the first organisation in Singapore and Southeast Asia to deploy an NVIDIA DGX-1 deep learning supercomputer. Deployed at the SMU Living Analytics Research Centre (LARC), the supercomputer will further research on applying artificial intelligence (AI) for Singapore's Smart Nation project. One of the featured projects is a food AI application to achieve smart food consumption and healthy lifestyle, which requires the analysis of a large number of food photos.
Exhibition Showcase. Singapore International Cyber Week – GovernmentWare 2016Supercomputer Supports Singapore AL Research
21st International Conference on Database Systems for Advanced Applications (DASFAA 2016) – Best Paper AwardOur heartiest congratulations to Professor Wei CHEN, Assistant Professor Feida ZHU, Professor Lei ZHAO and Professor Xiaofang ZHOU who was presented the Best Paper Award at the 21st International Conference on Database Systems for Advanced Applications (DASFAA 2016), in Dallas, Texas, with their paper “When Peculiarity Makes a Difference: Object Characterisation in Heterogeneous Information Networks.
Theme Park Navigation ApplicationsResearchers from the Singapore Management University have developed two mobile applications to enhance visitors’ experience in a large leisure setting, such as a theme park or museum. Both technologies were developed by Prof Lau Hoong Chuin, Mr Fan Chun Pong and Ms Elizabeth Lim from Singapore Management University’s Living Analytics Research Centre. Their research was funded by NRF through the International Research Centres in Singapore funding initiative, under the Interactive Digital Media Strategic Research Programme.
Open Data in SingaporeThe government’s open data portal (data.gov.sg) houses data sets from 71 government ministries and agencies, including over 350 data sets related to health originating from the Health Promotion Board, Health Sciences Authority and Ministry of Health. Singapore has also used the data portal as a means for catalyzing citizen engagement around available data, though, for example, the Data in the City Visualization Challenge, which asked citizens to tell “your Singapore story using data.” As Professor Ee-Peng LIM, Director of Living Analytics Research Centre, Singapore Management University, describes, “Singapore is heading toward an effort to use both public and private enterprise data to innovate her economy as well as her society. This is currently the mindset of the government, as well as the nation.
A ‘Closed’ Social Media Perceived To Be Less CriticalSMU Living Analytics Research Centre Director Professor LIM Ee-Peng noted that there were 275 social media posts a day during the election season and the number of political blog posts did not increase significantly after the GE2015 result announcement. After the GE2015 result announcement, there were a large proportion of emotional posts that contain at least some ranting expressions and expletives.
DBS, SMU Launch Joint Lab for Social Media AnalyticsDBS Bank and Singapore Management University (SMU) have joined forces to operate a research lab that is trying to uncover new digital consumer trends amid social media. The Life Analytics Lab, employed a team of about 10 researchers to process data gleaned from platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. The research will be driven by the analytics capabilities SMU developed from its Living Analytics Research Centre (LARC), which was formed in 2011 through funding by the National Research Foundation.
Ask Tech in Asia: Has technology changed the Singapore General Election?Technology removed restrictions on accessibility to media, making content generation much easier, sometimes even crowdsourced. The sheer number of online blogs can also be quickly gauged by looking at the number of news sources and articles built by a team of researchers from Living Analytics Research Centre, Singapore Management University for this General Election.
Campaigning in CyberspaceSocial media has helped to generate interest and draw crowds to rallies during the 2011 election campaign but it is playing an even bigger role this time, with platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Instagram, and even news portals. At Singapore Management University, Professor of Information Systems and Director of Living Analytics Research Centre, Professor LIM Ee-Peng and his team has been monitoring the Twitter traffic of Singaporeans and netizens during the 2011 polls and the current campaign on how much attention paid to respective political user accounts and how netizens shared information via Twitter.
GE2015 AnalyticsLiving Analytics Research Centre from Singapore Management University has developed an analytic software that aggregates General Election 2015 related content posts from more than 200 blogs. According to the current set of posts, the most discussed topics are “Campaigning”, “Cost of Living” and “Immigration”.
General Election 2015 AnalyticsGE2015 Analytics (http://research.larc.smu.edu.sg/ge2015/) is a software system created for Singaporeans and others interested in the 17th General Election of Singapore. GE2015 Analytics aggregates all relevant blog and mainstream media posts from few hundreds sites in real-time, extracts politician names, party names, constituencies, and political issues as facets automatically, and supports a search interface using a faceted approach. The blogs were identified in collaboration with the Institute of Policy Studies (National University of Singapore). This system is developed by the Living Analytics Research Centre located in Singapore Management University. For any questions related to this system, please contact email@example.com.
Last updated on 13 Nov 2018 .