Singapore and France Defence Ministries to Establish Joint R&D Lab in Singapore to Develop AI Capabilities

May 2023

The Singapore Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) and France’s Ministry of the Armed Forces (MOAF) have signed an agreement to establish a Joint Research & Development Laboratory (Joint Lab). This is the first Joint Lab in Singapore that MINDEF has established with an overseas country and partner.

Steered by MINDEF’s Future Systems and Technology Directorate and the French Defence Innovation Agency, the Joint Lab will take a global and multidisciplinary approach to develop artificial intelligence capabilities for impactful defense applications. The Joint Lab brings together the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and Temasek Laboratories @ National University of Singapore (TL@NUS), as the lead agencies who will bring in research expertise from the wider eco-systems of both countries, including institutes of higher learning, research institutes and industry.

Examples of potential research include computer vision to monitor image and video feeds for potential threats across varied environmental conditions, AI for geospatial analysis, robust AI for visual recognition to enhance sense-making capabilities, and natural language processing to extract and summarize information for reports and analysis.

(Source: Ministry of Defence, Singapore)

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