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June
2019
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08:33
Europe/Amsterdam

NUS, Cisco collaborate to boost digital economy

From left: Prof Chen and Mr Naveen Menon, President ASEAN, Cisco signing an MOU to collaborate on innovation and research (Photo: Cisco)

NUS and global technology leader Cisco signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 25 June with the aim to boost Singapore’s knowledge-based innovation-driven digital economy. The two organisations will collaborate on innovation and research in key emerging technologies such as data analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), automation, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and software defined networking.

“Global digital transformation is continually transforming all aspects of our lives and presents a plethora of opportunities — and NUS is ready to seize these opportunities through our digital innovation activities. This collaborative partnership with Cisco symbolises NUS’ deep commitment to translational research and co-creation of new knowledge in areas of strategic importance that will not only improve the way we live, work and play, but also propel Singapore’s position as a true Smart Nation globally,” said NUS Deputy President for Research and Technology Professor Chen Tsuhan.

The collaboration will facilitate the exchange of scientific, academic and technical knowledge between NUS and Cisco, and drive sponsored chairs and joint research projects focusing on  key areas and sectors such as healthcare, manufacturing, customer experience and Smart Nation. Additionally, the NUS Kent Ridge campus will be used as a living laboratory for the co-creation, exploration and evaluation of innovative ideas, technology and scenarios in real-life use cases.

This collaborative partnership with Cisco symbolises NUS’ deep commitment to translational research and co-creation of new knowledge in areas of strategic importance that will not only improve the way we live, work and play, but also propel Singapore’s position as a true Smart Nation globally.

The technologies that will result from this collaboration tie in with Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative and are especially important as businesses and governments across the world seek to digitise their services for customers and citizens.

Cisco Senior Vice President and Chief of Operations Mr Irving Tan stressed the importance of building local innovation capabilities for the future growth of the digital economy as Singapore moves towards becoming a Smart Nation. “Our global expertise in areas of IoT, cybersecurity, software defined networking, automation and AI, coupled with NUS’ understanding of the local landscape and its research capabilities, will help us develop technologies that contribute to the long-term growth of the country,” he said.

See press release.