Asia’s population is expected to increase from 1.7 billion in 2010 to 2.2 billion in 2020. This gives rise to greater urbanisation, putting further strain on the city’s limited infrastructure and impacting residents’ quality of life. Through A*STAR’s strategic investments in R&D, we are developing solutions alongside with industry partners to solve the challenges brought about by greater urbanization.

Our core research capabilities cover areas in communication & network, data analytics, cyber security, image & video analytics, language, speech & acoustics, computational modelling, simulation and visualisation methodologies and tools. These core capabilities are in the applications of Future of Manufacturing, Mobility, Medtech & Healthcare, Surveillance & Tracking, Financial Technologies and Smart Energy & Environment. We seek to translate these technologies downstream to the local industry, which will drive Singapore towards becoming a model for other global cities.


1. Singapore Autonomous Vehicle Initiative (SAVI)

The Singapore Autonomous Vehicle Initiative (SAVI) is a joint partnership between LTA and A*STAR, aimed at providing a technical platform for industry partners and stakeholders to conduct Research & Development and test-bedding of Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) technology, applications and solutions. This programme builds on A*STAR capabilities in image & video analytics. With AVs, residents can simply opt for car sharing rather than car ownership and actively contribute to making Singapore a greener and safer city. That is the vision A*STAR is working towards and we are already making great strides in this development.

A*STAR’s Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R) is in the process of developing an AV Bus – a driverless bus for a mass transport service that operates on fixed routes and scheduled timings that can mitigate manpower constraints for bus services. One-north has been identified as the first test-bed for AVs.


2. National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC)

The National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) Singapore was established in 2015 and manages Singapore’s first national petascale facility with available High Performance Computing (HPC) resources to support science and engineering computing needs for academic, research and industry communitiesNSCC’s petascale facility is linked by Singapore Advanced Research Education Network’s (SingAREN’s) high bandwidth multi-gigabit networks (STAR-N) to provide high speed access to users everywhere locally and globally. Four geographically distributed campuses with remote login nodes are interconnected by InfiniBand with bandwidths (of at least 40Gbps) to enable access to the compute and storage nodes of the petascale facility. The four campuses are Fusionopolis@A*STAR, Biopolis@A*STAR, NUS and NTU. For more info, please visit here.


3. IHPC-Rolls-Royce Computational Engineering Lab

Established in 2011, the Computational Engineering Lab (CEL) was jointly set up by the Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC) and Rolls-Royce. The CEL leverages IHPC’s expertise in model based engineering, parallel and distributed computing, and geometry modelling expertise to develop capabilities in the following areas:

  • Intelligent systems that extract domain insights and reduce manual intervention by automating the iterative and complex engineering workflow;
  • Systems that assist Rolls-Royce to rapidly process large-scale and high-dimensional data to improve their computational performance and efficiency; and
  • State-of-the-art methodology to identify trends for preventive actions by monitoring real-time streaming data from machineries.


4. Partnership with ERS Industries

ERS Industries specialises in the manufacturing of innovative housing systems for server cabinets and racks. The SME was interested to develop a rack that could efficiently disperse the built-up heat generated from the equipment. Leveraging A*STAR’s thermal optimisation analysis and modelling and simulation expertise, the ERS-IHPC partnership developed an improved lightweight rack structure, E@Rack, that boasts reinforced strength and enhanced thermal capacity. The new rack helps data centres save approximately 25% more energy needed for cooling compared to current conventional server racks, and has helped ERS Industries achieve an exponential revenue growth in the Asia Pacific and global market.

  • I2R

The Institute for Infocomm Research (I²R pronounced as i-squared-r) is a member of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) family and is Singapore’s largest ICT research institute. Established in 2002, our vision is to power a vibrant and strong infocomm ecosystem in Singapore. We seek to foster world-class infocomm and media research and develop a deep talent pool of infocomm professionals to power a vibrant knowledge-based Singapore. At I2R, our key research areas are in Artificial Intelligence, Audio; Language & Speech, Data Analytics, Communications & Networks, Cybersecurity, Heterogeneous Analytics, Healthcare, Robotics & AV, Satellite, Smart Energy & Environment and Video & Image Analytics. For more information about I²R, please visit

  • IHPC

A*STAR’s Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC) was established in August 1998 to provide leadership in high performance computing as a strategic resource for scientific inquiry and industry development. It seeks to power discoveries through advanced methodologies, techniques and new tools in modelling, simulation and visualisation. Its core research areas are in the realm of complex-coupled systems, mechanics and fluid dynamics, large-scale systems, digital modelling, adaptive and collaborative computing, data mining and analysis, computational electronics and electromagnetics, computational materials science and chemistry. For more information about IHPC, please visit