AI Singapore collaborates with Ocean Protocol to develop AI research talent and accelerate AI innovation for industry transformation

Patty Lee
Patty Lee
Feb 22, 2019 · 3 min read

Today, AI Singapore, Singapore’s AI programme launched by the National Research Foundation (NRF) to anchor deep national capabilities in Artificial Intelligence (AI), announced a meaningful research collaboration with Ocean.

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony in Singapore

Under the initiative, two new programmes — the AISG Industrial Postgraduate Programme and the AISG Fellowship Programme — will be launched to train AI research talent and engage Singapore’s top AI experts to help narrow the gap between academic research and industry solutions.

Ocean Protocol will fund four Ph.D. students to work on AI research and develop technologies, models, and governance to enable borderless data sharing for AI. Specific areas of research include:

• Decentralized data science and AI applications

• Decentralized federated machine learning

• Token engineering of a data & AI services economy

• Economics of a token-based data & AI services economy

Ocean will also be used by researchers, giving them the access of data they need to advance their AI research.

“We are hopeful that these innovative programmes will empower AI talents to conduct advanced research and bring it to practice. Ocean Protocol has recognised the need to directly collaborate closely with our top AI experts and reduce the time to translate state-of-the-art research. We believe that there are other companies who share the same vision. We hope to have IPPs arranged with these companies and invite them to come talk to us.” said Professor Chen Tsuhan, AI Singapore’s Chief Scientist.

Under the AISG Industrial Postgraduate Programme (IPP), AISG will train postgraduate students to deliver meaningful and purpose-based AI research. Students get to work on advanced research that is directly relevant to the industry and are exposed to their R&D processes. Industries will be enabled to quickly translate the outcomes of cutting-edge AI research into new products and services, raising their level of competence.

The AISG Fellowship Programme aimed at engaging Singapore’s top AI researchers and faculty members in AISG’s activities and the local AI ecosystem. Among the incentives and benefits, AISG Fellows will be able to work with: i) AISG postgraduate students and interns on research projects and thesis work; ii) AISG industry partners on research collaboration, translation and consulting engagements and iii) the AI ecosystem to facilitate research translation, commercialization and spin-off opportunities. The programme will be formally launched in Q2, 2019. AI Singapore and Ocean Protocol will be targeting the first batch of AISG Fellows as supervisors for the joint IPP.

At the event, Trent said, “AI is extremely promising for humanity. It can help to address some of society’s greatest problems and unlock immense value for businesses. But, AI needs data. Yet the most valuable data is stuck in silos, unusable. Ocean Protocol solves this. It’s a blockchain-based platform for safe sharing of data for use by AI, in turn, to address challenges in society & business. We are proud to be partnering with AI Singapore to develop the nation’s AI talents, to promote the sharing of private and open data for the betterment of humanity, and ultimately advancing AI development for Singapore.”

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