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Fujitsu Asia And A*STAR Sign Master Research Collaboration Agreement To Advance Ai And Converging Technologies

Singapore, October 12, 2022 - Fujitsu Asia Private Limited (FAPL) and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) today signed a master research collaboration agreement to set the stage for future joint projects and to accelerate the research and development of AI and converging technology solutions for future of manufacturing, trust technologies and healthcare and medical applications.

Fujitsu Asia and A*STAR sign master research collaboration agreement to advance AI and converging technologies
(From left to right) Vivek Mahajan, Chief Technology Officer, Fujitsu Limited, Elson Chia, President, Fujitsu Asia Pte Ltd, Professor Lim Keng Hui, Assistant Chief Executive, Science & Engineering Research Council, A*STAR, and Dennis Ling, Executive Director, Innovation & Enterprise Division, A*STAR, at the signing ceremony of the master research collaboration agreement.

The agreement will allow Fujitsu and A*STAR to leverage their respective strengths in a variety of research areas to translate innovative ideas into benefits for users. Fujitsu also aims to successfully develop commercial solutions for their customers in the APAC region. Fujitsu anticipates that the initial focus will be on resolving customers’ challenges in the areas of manufacturing and retail.

The parties are not collaborating for the first time. Fujitsu has previously partnered A*STAR in research areas such as computational social science and engineering, and quantum-inspired computing and deep learning technology.

Additionally, Fujitsu has been a tier 2 member of A*STAR’s Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre (ARTC) consortium since 2017, and it is continuing the ARTC membership to pursue advanced manufacturing research and collaborations. Fujitsu will explore technologies in relation to sustainable manufacturing and supply chain resilience.

Under the new master research collaboration agreement, Fujitsu will be able to enter research and development collaborations with A*STAR research entities for a period of three years. Through the course of its new research projects under the agreement, Fujitsu additionally aims to nurture local talent in technology areas of special strategic significance like AI. This effort includes Singapore’s institutes of higher learning, universities and polytechnics through internship placement and allowing them to participate in the Master Research Collaboration Projects. Fujitsu is also exploring applications in last mile logistics together with A*STAR’s Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech), under the master research collaboration agreement.

Elson Chia, President, Fujitsu Asia commented, “This agreement between FAPL and A*STAR marks the beginning of a promising new collaboration that I’m confident will yield many exciting and innovative projects. Our relationship with A*STAR will not only strengthen our research capabilities in Singapore, but also demonstrates Fujitsu’s ongoing commitment to partnering with innovation leaders globally to deliver solutions to the problems confronting humanity.”

Professor Lim Keng Hui, Assistant Chief Executive, Science & Engineering Research Council, A*STAR, said, “We are pleased to build on the relationship between Fujitsu and A*STAR to continue addressing R&D priorities important to Singapore. Collaboration is key and we look forward to co-innovating with Fujitsu under this new partnership to accelerate the development of solutions that can benefit society and the economy. Both parties will also be able to leverage this collaboration to deepen our talent development and foster new capabilities.”

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About Fujitsu Asia

Fujitsu Asia is a leading service provider of business and information technology solutions in Singapore. Fujitsu has been present in Singapore since 1997, and serves as the regional headquarters for the Fujitsu group of companies since 2014. We are guided by our purpose to make the world more sustainable by building trust in society through innovation. Working closely with our customers and ecosystem partners, and backed by almost three decades of experience, we design, build, operate and maintain better networks for the connected world, and remain committed to our customers in their digital and sustainable transformation journeys. Find out more: www.fujitsu.com/sg

About the Agency for Science, Technology and Research

The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is Singapore's lead public sector R&D agency. Through open innovation, we collaborate with our partners in both the public and private sectors to benefit the economy and society. As a Science and Technology Organisation, A*STAR bridges the gap between academia and industry. Our research creates economic growth and jobs for Singapore, and enhances lives by improving societal outcomes in healthcare, urban living, and sustainability. A*STAR plays a key role in nurturing scientific talent and leaders for the wider research community and industry. A*STAR’s R&D activities span biomedical sciences to physical sciences and engineering, with research entities primarily located in Biopolis and Fusionopolis. For ongoing news, visit www.a-star.edu.sg