The Infocomms Cluster supports the Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC)’s mandate in developing leading-edge capabilities, formulating solutions for public and private sectors, and transferring expertise to grow local enterprises.  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.
  • Sense and Sense-Abilities (S&S)

Aimed at conducting integrative research and development (R&D), A*STAR’s Sense and Sense-abilities (S&S) programme sets out a framework for an end-to-end platform that enables sustainable large scale and heterogeneous ‘sensing’ and ‘making-sense’ of our living environment in real time.

 Through S&S, we plan to develop technological capabilities that will:

  • address the infocomm technological needs of the rapidly urbanising world; and 
  • enable the development of solutions for complex urban challenges to enhance Singapore’s competitiveness. 

This initiative leverages accumulated capabilities built up in A*STAR’s research institutes (RI)s in the areas of sensors and sensing networks to address challenges in environmental sensing and support ubiquitous sensing for smart cities. 

To find out more about our Sense & Sense-abilities programme, please visit here.

  • A*STAR Data Analytics Exchange Platform (A*DAX)

Built for effective fusion and analysis of data of diverse types from multiple sources, A*DAX (A*STAR Data Analytics Exchange Platform) serves as a data sharing and analytics platform to store, exchange, integrate and manage data for analytics based on an open and standards based architecture. The platform handles structured and unstructured data, including real-time data streams from environment sensors and the Internet of Things (IoT).  A*DAX incorporates advanced security and privacy features  and machine learning algorithms, allowing translation and integration of data into actionable information that allows citizens, businesses and public agencies to make informed decisions and respond to dynamic conditions in the city. This programme deepens A*STAR’s capabilities in data analytics and cyber security. 
Through making data shareable and usable, A*DAX  aims to encourage the development of innovative applications that can arise when seemingly unrelated data and domains mesh together, deriving new insights and knowledge.

  • Modelling & Simulation

A*STAR is equipped with modelling and simulation capabilities in the fields of complex systems and engineering mechanics. In the area of complex systems, urban cities have become increasingly complex arising from the rich interplay between structures and socio-economic factors. Leveraging A*STAR’s research capabilities in developing models and simulations, urban planners and policy makers are able to garner further insights that help with addressing issues in areas such as land use, transport, housing demand and other complex networks.

A*STAR and HDB has jointly developed an urban microclimatic modelling tool specifically designed for Singapore’s high density city landscapes to help city developers urban planners and master designers draw up Urban Heat Island countermeasures. The tool provides mapping data for temperature, wind, solar irradiance, shading and noise. It enables planners and architects to understand and visualise how the environment interacts with the urban morphologies and fabric. The tool can also test out effectiveness of advanced materials, mitigation measures and design tweaks for better thermal and aural comfort to improve the liveability of Singapore’s towns.

In the area of engineering mechanics, A*STAR employs computational models and simulations, often coupled with high-performance computing, to address research topics in mechanics and mechanical and thermal properties of materials. We have the capabilities to model the behaviour of mechanical and thermal systems ranging from nano- through micro- to macro- scales.